DARTMOUTH GREEN PARTNERSHIPS (DARTMOUTH IN BLOOM)
WHAT WE DO
Dartmouth Green Partnerships is a charity run by volunteers which creates and looks after many floral displays and green spaces in Dartmouth (see pics below).
We look after the Dartmouth Community Garden along the riverfront with its greenhouse, potager of raised beds of vegetables and flowers, and Mediterranean beds where the emphasis is on sustainable planting. We have also created a new Mayflower rose bed. This area is the site of the proposed Pyramid Community Greenhouse.
During the Covid-19 lockdown we have been hard at work planting the displays for 2020 which are now visible all around Dartmouth and growing vigorously.We order plants from local growers in October and take delivery in May. They are paid for by funds we raise through sponsors. Our colour theme this year is cream begonias with bright pink geraniums and lime green ipomea. Now we have to water them!
There are over 100 hanging baskets in the town during the summer Usually the Brownies help us plant these up. However this year we had to do them with our small team of volunteers because of the restrictions. We have planted the baskets along the Butterwalk and the 2-tier planter there, plus the troughs and baskets around the Boat Float. We have also planted the troughs and containers along the North and South Embankments, Newcomen Road and in Bayard’s Cove, re-creating our Floral Walk for all to enjoy.
We also look after the Anchor Bed at the bottom of College Way, the Welcome beds and boats at the top of town, the corner beds of Coronation Park by the Higher Ferry and the floral boat, plus the capstan beds on the South Embankment. There are daffodils and winter displays including cyclamen followed by tulips and summer planting.
If you can help us by sponsoring planting or as a volunteer please get in touch – see our contacts page.
THE DARTMOUTH PYRAMID UPDATE
Fund raising is under way in earnest for the new pyramid-shaped community greenhouse for Dartmouth on our riverfront site. See our ‘Community Greenhouse and Garden’ page which has links to the latest plans from the designer, Hartley Botanic Ltd and full information on how you can help.
The first phase of the project – site preparation and detailed drawings was completed in 2018. It was funded in 2017 by a £20,000 grant from the People’s Postcode Lottery a grant-giving charity funded entirely by players of People’s Postcode Lottery, and £7,000 from local sponsors. A second grant of £20,000 from the People’s Postcode Lottery was awarded in 2019. This has enabled us to pay for the specially toughened glass for the greenhouse. With more funds raised from sponsors, we are now more than half way to raising the £108,000 for the greenhouse. Hartley Botanic are allowing us to pay in instalments – we need the full amount before the aluminium superstructure can be manufactured.
MORE ABOUT OUR WORK IN DARTMOUTH
In 2016 the major project was a new English Cottage Garden in Royal Avenue Gardens which we designed and planted. The site was prepared with the help of Naval cadets from BRNC and we planted a wonderful range of traditional flowers
In 2015 the new Japanese style garden in Royal Avenue Gardens was created on a dry difficult site beneath a huge monkey puzzle tree. It has an ornamental bridge made of reclaimed oak. A ‘river’ of Japanese plants, including hostas and painted ferns flows beneath it, decorated with rocks and gravel. We created a potager in the Community Garden where we grow vegetables and herbs.
You can see our displays all along the river front in Dartmouth. View or Download our Floral trail leaflet here
A BIT OF HISTORY…
Dartmouth Green Partnerships was formerly known as Dartmouth in Bloom. It is a voluntary, non-profit-making charity which relies on donations, sponsorship, fund raising events, and grants from councils, local residents and businesses. The name change reflects the priorities of the Royal Horticultural Society: horticultural excellence, environmental responsibility and community participation.
We work with many groups in Dartmouth who are keen to preserve and enhance the town’s green spaces, such as the Community Orchard. The aim is for more sustainable planting as well as seasonal displays. We also campaign for better appreciation of our green spaces and protection of trees in the town.
Dartmouth is proud to be part of the RHS Britain in Bloom campaign, and to be a frequent Gold Award Winner both locally and nationally.
Dartmouth – an enchanted place, with floral displays
Dartmouth has played an important part in British Maritime history for over 900 years and has many fine old buildings including the famous Britannia Royal Naval College, with its commanding location overlooking the town and the entrance to the river. The ship of flowers originally in the 2013 display reflected the maritime heritage – it was recreated at the RHS Tatton Park in 2014 and won a Bronze award. It returned to Royal Avenue Gardens for the rest of the summer and again in 2015. In 2016 the old marble fountain was placed on one of the lawns by the Old Dartmothians and planted by DGP volunteers.
There are many old buildings such as the Butterwalk, and in Foss Street and Anzac Street enhanced by hanging baskets and flower displays. A new planter was added at the end of the Butterwalk in 2016 with a direction sign for the Old Market on top.
We strive to achieve horticultural excellence, and promote the involvement of local residents and businesses in the town to provide bright displays throughout the year. (See Community pages for more information)
Dartmouth is an all year round destination, famous for its Royal Regatta in August, Music Festival in May, Crab and Food Festivals in October, Candlelit Dartmouth in late November and street decorations at Christmas. Planting schemes and displays have to cope with the huge influx of visitors at these events.