Clearing the Pond Path

August 10, 2017

A few pictures of the Tuesday morning volunteers clearing the Pond Path – the continuation of the rhododendron bed running from the pond up towards new car park.


Photography Workshop on Friday 30th June

June 26, 2017

Clearing the Rope Walk Steps

June 26, 2017

Our gardener and his young assistant are taking in hand the Rope Walk, the pathway that rises from Broadlands up besides the allotments to the gardens. Gary and Charlie would be most grateful for donations of shrubs and plants for this area. We are assured that re-alignment of the very wonky steps at the top is on Teignbridge’s list of works.

Grand Opening Ceremony update

May 1, 2017

In compliance with the rules associated with our Heritage Lottery Grant a fixed sum of money has been set aside to provide a substantial public event to mark the completion of work on the Castle – a grand opening ceremony.

Planned for June 30th 2017 the event was to involve all manner of village groups in a series of events lasting all day and on into the evening.

Although the works are nominally complete, architects and builders are still in negotiation concerning problems with water ingress. Until the damp problems are sorted out Teignbridge will not be signing it off and so the opening ceremony will not now be happening at mid-summer. We are now working towards having the ceremony later in the year, Friday 15th September has been provisionally booked.

William Sears Memorial Bench

April 21, 2017

William Sears oversaw the building and garden works in the 1930s from his office which is now the Gardener’s Hut above the Italian Garden. There was once a memorial bench dedicated to him, but all that remained of it was a number of broken pieces scattered round the gardens. These broken pieces have been carefully incorporated by a skilled stone mason to recreate the bench. William Sears’s granddaughter Edwina has been along to admire the result.

Easter Fun in the Gardens

April 6, 2017

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

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.