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

Renovation work update (4)

July 11, 2016

The stone wall in front of the gardener’s hut in the Italian Garden is being renovated, and the path along to the hut is now closed off so that it can be relaid to make it a smoother ride for wheelchairs and buggies.


Sadly one of the acers beside the steps up from the Horse Lane entrance has suddenly died.


Joe Guest

July 11, 2016

We are sorry to hear of the death of Joe Guest, one of the founders of The Friends when it was first set up back in January 1989. He’d always taken a keen interest in the Gardens and though unable to walk there in recent years kept an eye out from his Broadlands home.

Many Hands Make Light Work

June 17, 2016

In spite of a dire weather forecast Shaldon School decided to go for it. Armed with macs 28 Year 6 pupils made their way to the Italian Garden area of Homeyard’s Botanical Gardens. There they split in three groups. Along with a few supportive adults, teams worked on the walls of the upper walkway either side of the Gardeners Hut. They pulled and cut back weeds to reveal the stone retaining walls and then raked and swept their cuttings into wheelbarrows. These were dispatched down to the compost heaps where a third team received and layered up the greenery into heaps ready to rot down. Meanwhile others in this team dug out compost that had already been made into bags ready for distribution to the Garden’s plants. A really good mornings work.

After lunch the students returned for a quick tour of the Gardens to check on the Castle restoration and to see how the hawthorn trees they’d planted in November were progressing. They then set about tackling the stairs and lawn area of the Italian Garden and by the time they’d finished the whole area was transformed. An hour later the heavens opened!




School work day on June 15th

June 13, 2016

A reminder that on Wednesday 15th June Shaldon School are sending a team of about 30 to work on the Italian Garden area. (Note the date in the Parish Newsletter – Friday 17th – is wrong, the event was rescheduled after the newsletter went to press).
Normally we’d be holding our Volunteer Day the day before, Tuesday 14th, so it makes sense to switch it to the Wednesday so that we can have as many adults around to assist the children. Obviously it would be wonderful to have as much support as possible for this, perhaps you could spare an hour or two to come along to their morning (9:30 and 12 noon) or afternoon sessions (13:15 to 15:00)? If it’s raining stair rods the event will be cancelled.