See our report on Dartmouth’s lovely floral displays 2017 in Community
THE DARTMOUTH PYRAMID GETS CLOSER WITH FUNDING AWARD!
A new pyramid-shaped community greenhouse for Dartmouth came a step closer with an award of £20,000 from the Postcode Local Trust, a grant-giving charity funded entirely by players of People’s Postcode Lottery, following a successful application from Dartmouth Green Partnerships.
DGP Chairman, Stevie Rogers said: ‘We are delighted to be able to announce this grant, and are very grateful to the Postcode Local Trust for their generous support which will enable us to start work on next phase of the pyramid greenhouse. We will be consulting with the designer, Hartley Botanicals on the next step. The grant provides us with the opportunity to launch a wider appeal for funds. We need to raise £100,000 in total for the greenhouse.
Raising funds for the new Community Greenhouse is the focus of 2017. Phase 1, the base of what will be the pyramid community greenhouse, and the services are in place, provided by South Hams District Council. Fund raising is under way for Phase 2, the superstructure. (See Community Greenhouse page; contact us for more information). We have installed a small temporary greenhouse in the compound to enable us to grow on plants for displays.
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See news pages for our latest planting work …
In July we worked at the Castle Estate with BRNC cadets clearing areas we had planted with camellias and hydrangeas and the old walls of brambles and weeds.
In June 2017 we helped prepare the site and planted an area around a new American D-Day memorial – the only one of its kind in Europe.
We replaced a 50-year old magnolia in Coronation Park which was so badly vandalised it had to be cut down!
See how our many daffodil plantings have brightened Dartmouth through late winter.
BRNC cadets have been out helping us again… Many thanks to them!
WHAT WE ARE AND WHAT WE DO
Dartmouth Green Partnerships is a charity run by volunteers which creates and look after many floral displays and green spaces in Dartmouth and also assist the council’s gardeners. 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 The cadets helped us mulch the garden to keep the weeds down in 2017.
Pupils from Dartmouth Academy planted up the boat ‘Britannia’ in the gardens in red white and blue to celebrate HM the Queen’s 90th birthday, a tradition we continue.
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.
There are 114 hanging baskets in the town during the summer. The Brownies help us plant these up each year. We also help them gain their Gardeners’ badges.
We take care of the Rose Garden in Royal Avenue Gardens. Our potager of vegetables and flower cutting garden is popular.
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.
The members strive to achieve horticultural excellence, and promote the involvement of local residents and businesses in the town to provide bright displays throughout the year.
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.
Dartmouth Green Partnerships is responsible for the planting and maintenance of a number of areas throughout the town (see pics below). These include:
- the town entrance with wild flower beds by the roadside
- the anchor bed on College Way, newly planted in 2014
- the triangular bed and the boat ‘Michael’ at the Higher Ferry and other floral boats in town
- the circular beds, borders and the potager outside the Community Greenhouse
- the hanging baskets, mangers and troughs around the Boatfloat, in Bayard’s Cove and along Zion Place and the South Embankment.
- Planters along the riverfront from the Higher to the Lower Ferries – these are recycled from previous use in London along the Mall and in the Millennium Park. The troughs starting at the Higher Ferry were new in 2014. More were added in 2015.
- We also assist SHDC gardeners in Royal Avenue Gardens and maintain the capstan beds along the North Embankment.