Archive for May, 2009

Discovering the story of Homeyards

May 15, 2009

When the Friends of Shaldon Botanical Gardens was set up in 1989. Harold Bucklow and Elizabeth Ward researched and wrote about the history of the Gardens. In February 2009 the Friends decided to research the broader story of Mrs Homeyard and her effect on Shaldon during the 1930’s.

We are still keen to hear any stories that relate to this period, but the information that has come to light thus far is possibly worth making into a book that could be sold to benefit the Gardens.


2009 TRAIL at Homeyards

May 15, 2009

The Gardens are to be included in the summer TRAIL art exhibition this year.

Trail Recycled Art In Landscape is a site specific sculpture trTRAILail along the South Devon Coast linking Shaldon, Teignmouth, Dawlish and Dawlish Warren. More details about TRAIL, and archives of pictures of successful previous events can be found at

This year’s Sculpture Trail will be on 19th July – 6th September at Shaldon Teignmouth and Dawlish.

Community organisations are being invited to construct butterfly ‘mobiles’ to be placed in suitable trees around the Gardens.

Volunteers needed!

May 9, 2009

A series of Volunteer Work Day has brought a steady stream of workers to the Pond and Rill system; armed with their own tools they have carefully dug away at weeds to expose the Rill system.

Followingvol1 requests from the workers we decided to run a regular Volunteer Work Day on every 2nd Sunday in the month – 13th September being the next one. There will be notices on the boards explaining which area is to be tackled and volunteers are invited to come for as long as they are able/willing between 10am and 3pm.

Perhaps it will become a regular social event!

Spring in the Gardens

May 9, 2009

There has been a flurry of spring activity in the Gardens. The Castle has been transformed. With the graffiti cleaned, the overgrown conifers removed, stone paving revealed and turf laid; some village volunteers tidied and swept inside. Though a new roof and views over Lyme Bay would be ideal, it is progress, and gives some idea of how it would have looked when Mrs Homeyard took tea there. Teignbridge arranged for contractors to completely remove a number of the shrubs that were well past their ‘sell by’ date opening up some forgotten views.

The three information boards you can now see at entrances to the Gardens and the leaflets that are available at local tourist offices have been a joint effort between The Friends and Teignbridge District Council

Work on the Pond and Rill system should begin this summer. The leaking pond will have to be repaired and then experiments conducted to see how far the water can be pumped up the Rill without emptying the pond entirely! Unfortunately the water supply that used to feed the system in Mrs Homeyards’ day is no longer available and we will have to pay for a new connection to be installed from the pergola entrance. The £10,000 granted to The Friends from the Exeter Airport Fund should go a long way towards making this centrepiece an attraction again.