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Raising funds for the new Community Greenhouse is the focus of 2016. The base of what will be the pyramid community greenhouse is in place. Fund raising is under way for the superstructure. (See Community Greenhouse page; contact us for more information).
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 Green Partnerships welcomed South West in Bloom judges on Wednesday 20 July 2016 and It’s Your Neighbourhood judges on Thursday 21 July. Thanks to everyone who helped make the town look good on the day. Now we have to wait until October for the results! In 2015 Dartmouth was pleased and proud to host the South West in Bloom Awards at the Britannia Royal Naval College.
We create and look after many floral displays in Dartmouth and also assist the gardeners. This year’s major project was a new English Cottage Garden in Royal Avenue Gardens which we planted in the gardens. The site was prepared with the help of Naval cadets from BRNC and we planted a wonderful range of traditional flowers. 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.
In 2015 the new Japanese style garden in Royal Avenue Gardens was created. 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.
Another new feature was the Wild Flower Meadow in Coronation Park making use of neglected space between the tennis courts and park boundary.
There are more than 100 hanging baskets in the town during the summer. The Brownies help us plant these up each year, using plants bought in as plugs and potted on by DGP members, or saved from previous years.
In 2014 the RHS celebrated its 50th birthday and the theme was Going for Gold for pollinators. We planted lots of areas with poppies as we remembered the start of the First World War 100 years ago. Our special poppy beds in Royal Avenue Gardens and along the river front won Gold in the 2014 awards, as did our potager of vegetables and flower cutting garden.
Dartmouth Green Partnerships was formerly known as Dartmouth in Bloom. It is a voluntary, non-profit-making organisation 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 are working 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 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 reflects 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.
There are many old buildings such as the Butterwalk, and in Foss Street and Anzac Street enhanced by hanging baskets and flower displays. The members work alongside the town’s dedicated Gardening Team, striving to achieve horticultural excellence, and promoting 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
- 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.