The leaves have fallen and the trees are yielding up the estuary and sea views from the gardens in
the low sun.
We held a well attended Autumn event for children in the gardens based around the castle at the
end of October.
James and Jess Hedge ran a very popular craft workshop for 200 or so children with lanterns,
masks and puppets all proudly taken home. The Teignbridge countryside ranger John visited with
fir cones to be made into very realistic bats. Lisa devised a scavenger hunt with a very attractive
grid layout which we also made available on Facebook for half-term fun. Joyce supervised the
icing and decorating of 100 tasty animal shaped biscuits kindly made by Janet. We had bulbs
being planted and refreshments served with cakes and biscuits. Best of all it stayed dry! Thanks to
Teignbridge for their support .
The open castle volunteers are taking a break from serving refreshments for the cooler months but
plan to be back as soon as the spring sunshine calls and the footfall is back on the upward track.
You may have noticed the unfortunate severe damage to the balustrade near the allotment
boundary. Teignbridge have speedily organised the repairs and we are grateful to the local couple
who very kindly contributed to the cost. This helped to get the work done without delay.
A huge thank you to our committee and all our volunteers for all their many different contributions
to the activities and fundraising to benefit the gardens in 2021.
Our Facebook page is ‘Friends of Homeyards Botanical Gardens in Shaldon’ at
Look out for our 2022 subscriber form as a centre pull out page in the February 2022 Parish News, or visit our ‘Get Involved’ page here.
Volunteer gardening continues on TUESDAY mornings weather permitting starting at 10 am. Meet
at the gardener’s hut with your own gloves if you can, or track us down around the gardens. Tools
are provided. All welcome. We’ve been busy planting new plants and bulbs all to be enjoyed over
the years to come.
It remains for us to wish all our subscribers and followers the very best wishes of the new season
and an enjoyable year in the gardens as they spring to life again in 2022 .

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