As it's the 31st anniversary, it's not the sort of thing you might normally take too much notice of (unless you've just remembered it's your wedding anniversary and the petrol station closes in 10 minutes). However, the multiple significances of the VKG programmes cannot be over-emphasised. They still resonate today, not only with the likes of me, but with authors such as Sandra Lawrence, whose re-examination of the series, and of the Chilton Estate where they were made, is in the throes of being published this very year.
So, 31 years of my gratitude to Jennifer Davies, Harry Dodson, Peter Thoday, Keith Sheather and, later, Ruth Mott, for the legacy that means so many Walled Kitchen Gardens are now open for visitors to enjoy today. Without the likes of the VKG team, I believe that there would be nothing like as many as there are.