Community involvement is very important to Dartmouth Green Partnerships. We aim to cultivate a shared sense of civic pride by encouraging many more people to become involved in the gardening activities around Dartmouth.
The focus of our activities in Dartmouth is the potager and greenhouse site on the river front. Our small, temporary, Community Greenhouse is used to grow on flower and vegetable plants for use in the town’s gardens and planters. Our well established demonstration potager area is both an edible garden and a cutting garden to show that you don’t need to buy expensive imported cut flowers.
We are fundraising for the large new pyramid shaped community greenhouse, with opportunities for many more people to take part in the collective drive to make Dartmouth even more beautiful! We want it to become a Centre of Excellence, available to everyone, both for pleasure and education.
Local youth groups are encouraged to join in with horticultural activities, with Dartmouth Green Partnerships providing opportunities for young people to have a go at planting and growing, or to take group responsibility for an area of garden.
Naval College cadets help us with many tasks as part of their community work. Weeding, cleaning, laying bark mulch, and working in our compost area are just some of the things they have done recently.
Brownies help us plant our hanging baskets. In 2017 we are working with groups of Brownies who wish to obtain their Gardening badge.
Dartmouth Sea Cadets have adopted one of the floral boats at the top of town and help look after the planting displays through the seasons.
We hold Town Awards each year when DGP members judge the displays around Dartmouth created by local businesses, shops, cafes, pubs, B&Bs, hotels etc. They are judged out of 10 for each of: 1) Sustainability and appropriate choice of plants 2) How wildlife friendly they are 3) How innovative the displays are 4) The condition of the plants and how well maintained the display is 5) The overall impression.
Its Your Neighbourhood is organised by the Royal Horticultural Society. Each year we nominate areas of Dartmouth which are judged by South West in Bloom on the basis of Community Participation, Environmental Responsibility, and Gardening Achievement. They may be assessed as Advancing, Thriving or Outstanding.
Friends and volunteers We always appreciate the interest and involvement of as many local people as possible. Aware that not everyone has the time or inclination to join a committee or offer regular involvement, we have created the Friends of Dartmouth Green Partnerships. Friends give a small annual donation, and can be as involved as they like in what we do. To find out more, please go to the Friends page.