Thanks again to all our volunteers who have been working hard to reveal the larger plants above the pond, clearing around the hawthorn avenue trees which the Shaldon schoolchildren planted, so they can be mulched and starting to clear above the long wall to the right of the castle. This on top of months of work clearing above the woodland area and pathway. Once we have some rain we are hoping to get some planting done to increase more colour and interest to the gardens.

Footfall has understandably increased this year and its lovely to see the gardens being enjoyed by so many.

The Torbay Nurses League rose planting in the Burma Star garden area took place on 6th October.

We are very grateful to the Shaldon Artists at Homeyards Castle for holding a raffle for our benefit during their Open Studios event in September.

As to Halloween we won’t be holding our usual event this year but will try to do something interactive for the children to enjoy outdoors in their own time. If anyone creative can help with ideas or preparation that would be gratefully received.

If you’d like to get in touch : Our Facebook page is ‘Friends of Homeyards Botanical Gardens in Shaldon’ at Do let us know if you have any news or photos which can be posted there or on our website here. Our email address is

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