Dartmouth Pyramid Greenhouse wins £20k award from Postal Local Trust
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 (Charity No.1164582).
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 in September. We need to raise £100,000 in total for the greenhouse.
‘The Pyramid Greenhouse will be accessible to all the community, including visitors to Dartmouth. There will be perimeter and central staging work areas, with wheelchair access all around. In return for demolishing our old greenhouse to make a car park South Hams District Council gave us a paved base, supporting wall, water and electricity and an old hut. We have added a small temporary greenhouse and another hut.’
The Mayor of Dartmouth, Cllr Richard Cooke, who is also a DGP trustee said: Dartmouth Town Council is pleased to support the greenhouse project and delighted that such a generous grant has been awarded by the Postcode Local Trust.’ He is pictured below with DGP Chairman, Stevie Rogers, and with members of the team on the site.
The new greenhouse and garden area, will be used to grow-on floral displays for the town which are prepared by volunteers under the guidance of DGP. There will be gardening education for all ages and abilities, memory cafe days, and vegetables and cut flowers for community use. The existing surrounding potager beds already provide food crops and cut flowers from which the public can help themselves. The greenhouse will be open so the general public can see DGP’s work.
Stevie said: ‘Our displays this year have been very successful with over 100 hanging baskets (planted up with the help of the Dartmouth Brownies), riverside troughs and planters bursting with vibrant, colourful planting. We have been very pleased with the effect of our chosen ‘hot’ colours this summer which make a big impact. We are also responsible for several lovely planted boats near the river, in the gardens and at Townstal.
The Postcode Local Trust provides financial support for charities and good causes which help communities enhance their natural environment in a way that benefits the wider community.
Bring in the Navy!
Cadets from the Britannia Royal Naval College worked with volunteers from Dartmouth Green Partnerships in July to clear parts of the Castle Estate which had become choked with weeds. Visitors and residents who walk out to the Castle will have notice how weeds had infested the undergrowth and almost obscured the wall. Even the sign to the castle was almost obscured by overgrown shrubs and trees.
‘Hydrangeas and Camellias planted amongst the trees by DGP volunteers several months ago had become submerged by weeds and were not growing well as a result,’ said DGP Chairman Stevie Rogers. ‘South Hams District Council started clearing the area by strimming the undergrowth and along the top of the wall.
‘DGP finished the job with the help of 10 cadets from the BRNC. We cut down and dug out brambles and tree seedlings, some of which were several feet high even in the wall. A huge pile of green waste was removed by SHDC.
‘We are very grateful to the cadets for the time they give to us as part of their Community Outreach work. Now the hydrangeas have a chance to put on some growth this summer, and the lovely old wall can be seen again.’
The Yanks are coming…
A very moving ceremony was held in Royal Avenue Gardens on June 6 2017 to commemorate the preparations for D-Day when Dartmouth was filled with American troops. The site was selected by the Americans and is the only such memorial in Europe. DGP volunteers helped prepare and plant the site.
BRNC turns the town blue in March!
Cadets from the Britannia Royal Naval College have helped us once again, working with us at the potager, in Coronation Park and Royal Avenue Gardens. Amongst other things, they have painted our garden huts and the red bridge in the Japanese style garden, sorted out the compost bins, and put lorry loads of bark mulch down as a weed suppressant. They have also helped in Longcross Cemetery and at Beacon Park. Well done!
New Magnolia replaced vandalised tree
We were very upset when someone vandalised a wonderful 50-year old magnolia tree along the boundary of Coronation Park, which had to be felled. We raised funds to plant a new one – a gorgeous 15ft high Magnolia ‘Galaxy’ tree. It arrived in Dartmouth on a low loader in January, and now in early April it is flowering.
Daffodils delight in Dartmouth
For many weeks during late Winter and early Spring Dartmouth has been full of daffodils planted by us in boats and containers around Dartmouth. Gradually they are being replaced with tulips.
Along College Way as you drive into town there are thousands of daffodils in Spring to make a cheerful welcoming sight. They have been planted over the past three years by DGP volunteers and by cadets from Britannia Royal Naval College.