Springtime views

April 6, 2017

New Prunus Yedoensis above the Italian Garden

View down the Ropewalk path, looking all clean and tidy

Newly cleared rockery in the Italian Garden

View down the Rill Garden


New Trees

March 24, 2017

To improve views from the H bench on the top path a couple of larch trees have recently been felled along with a holly that was growing sideways into one of our star weeping beech trees. The cotoneaster near the Castle that’s suddenly died has been taken out too. So 4 trees out … but we’ve planted 4 new exciting specimen trees :- a replacement Cotoneaster, a new White Mulberry near the car park area, a Cornus Kousa (Japanese Dogwood) up the steps near the Burma Star memorial and a Cercidiphyllum Japonicum (Katsura) towards the allotment end of the gardens. Also, several Mediterranean pines have gone in as a part of the new plantings behind the Castle.

Cotoneaster Cornubia

Cornus Kousa (Japanese Dogwood)

Cercidiphyllum Japonicum (Katsura)

Winter Update

December 22, 2016


Have you walked through the gardens lately, maybe stopped a moment to look around? The hand of a gardener is clearly to be seen in the swept steps, pruned shrubs and in places wholesale cutting back to reveal clear boundaries and long views. Seedling trees and shrubs are being gradually cleared away to reveal the large specimen trees in their glory. Trees more recently planted towards the eastern end are thriving and on their way to being specimens of the future. These special trees now carry identification labels thanks to the ongoing Tree Trail project with Shaldon School.

Friday 30th June will be a big day in the gardens as the village comes together to celebrate the official opening of the Castle. Plans are materialising for a specially commissioned drama and an amazing evening of music with lots more in the pipeline. Thinking caps on please and do get in touch with ideas and offers of help at shaldonbotanicals@gmail.com.

Coming back to the present we’d like to thank everyone who came along and joined in a working party during the year now gone, wish you all a Happy Christmas and a Happy New Year and encourage anyone who thinks they might like to give it a try to come along. From January the volunteers will be joining Lisa and Gary for work days on the second and fourth Tuesdays of each month – 10.30 at the Gardener’s Hut on the top path, booted and gloved and ready for work. Come and join us and help make a difference, or just have a gentle wander on a pleasant day to enjoy the enhanced surroundings.

Shaldon Primary School – Tree Trail

November 16, 2016

Year six have been doing some research on the trees in the gardens to help Teignbridge District Council create a tree trail, information leaflets and boards for the gardens.
For more information see the article on the School’s website here.

Welcome to Gary the Gardener

November 8, 2016


Welcome to our new gardener. Gary started work two weeks ago and those of you who walk the paths will already have noticed the difference. Gary will be leading our Volunteer Work Days, and we may even be allowed to have a bit of a bonfire. If you spot Gary, do stop for a chat, he’d welcome everyone’s opinions on how things are going on.

Hallowe’en at Homeyards

November 8, 2016
Collage created using TurboCollage software from www.TurboCollage.com

Thank you to everyone who came to our Hallowe’en event … around 100 children showing off their amazing costumes and working their way through various games and craft activities. It all ended rather beautifully with a procession walking round the Gardens following Teignbridge Ranger Sian and her bat equipment listening for bats! Thank you too to Artstorm, Shaldon Wildlife Trust and Coffee-to-Go.
We also raised £22.05 in the collection bucket.

Hallowe’en in the Gardens, Saturday October 29th, 5-7pm

October 23, 2016

It’s been something of a last minute decision but with no bonfire on the beach this year we thought we’d ‘go for it’. It’s Homeyard’s ‘secret garden’ qualities with the Castle and Witches Cave (and its associated story of Old Mother Gum) that make it the perfect setting for Halloween. There’ll be magical things to do, eat and drink. Skeletons, witches, wizards, young and old are welcome!


New bench

October 16, 2016

We have a new bench, just up the path from the Horse Lane / Broadlands junction entrance, giving a fine view across the harbour.


Renovation work update (5)

September 25, 2016

Work continues on the castle roof. The weather vane has been reinstated – unfortunately the ‘S’ pointer is missing.


Photography Workshop

August 9, 2016

Free workshop on Thursday 18th Aug 2016
1pm – 3pm, meeting by the castle

As part of the refurbishment project for Homeyards a local photographer will be running a photo workshop for any members of the community interested in learning about a camera, looking at the composition of images and how to store them. You will also be helping to record the various areas of the gardens where works will be taking place as well as looking at the landscapes/views from the gardens.
6 workshops will be run throughout the 3 year project with an element of independent learning as well and production of a mini display on completion of the project!

If you are interested please email Greenspaces@teignbridge.gov.uk or phone 01626 215751 to book your place.

You are welcome to bring your own camera or you can borrow one of ours!

Homeyards photography poster date.pdf