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) and also assists the council’s gardeners. There are 120 hanging baskets in the town during the summer for which we obtain plants and grow them on. The Brownies help us plant these up each year. In addition we plant the baskets along the Butterwalk and the 2-tier planter there plus the troughs and baskets around the Boat Float. Along the riverfront we plant 20 troughs on the railings as well as baskets on the lighting poles, 5 large containers, three 3-tier planters, the large planter by the Lower Ferry and ornamental boats, all with seasonal planting – flowers in summer, bulbs in winter/spring. We also plant the Welcome beds and boats at the top of town. In our potager at the Dartmouth Community Garden, site of the proposed Pyramid Greenhouse (see below) we use the raised beds to grow vegetables and flowers and we maintain the Mediterranean Beds which border the site. If you can help us by sponsoring planting or as a volunteer please get in touch.
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’ 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 is complete. It has been funded 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. We are now raising funds to build the superstructure, completing the pyramid greenhouse.
MORE ABOUT OUR WORK IN DARTMOUTH
We plant hanging baskets with the help of the Brownies, and floral boats around Dartmouth, plus containers and troughs along the river front.
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.
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 the beds opposite
- many 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.