Heritage Lottery Fund awards East Devon £9,500 towards unique Heritage Trail

Eight East Devon Parks and Gardens to feature in project

A unique project to capture the history of eight much-loved East Devon parks and gardens has received a £9,500 grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund.

East Devon District Council applied for the grant to develop a Heritage Trail to link each site and is asking local communities and schools to help them piece together the history, stories and photos around the gardens and parks.

The council’s Parks Team will be bringing together the information to use for interpretation panels at each site, telling the story of how the parks and gardens were created and highlighting major events that have taken place there.

Alongside the panels will be a trail leaflet which will be available to residents and visitors, through libraries and visitor centres, and will link all eight sites. The sites are Blackmore Gardens and Connaught Gardens in Sidmouth, Beach Gardens and Manor Gardens in Exmouth, The Glen in Honiton, Canaan Way in Ottery St Mary, Seafield Gardens in Seaton, and The Green in Budleigh.

The team is appealing for old photos of these parks and gardens and would love to hear the memories of residents who can perhaps remember historical events that have taken place at these sites. The project will continue until next July.

Cllr Iain Chubb, the council’s portfolio holder for the Environment, said:

This is a wonderful idea as we all have memories of our own favourite parks and gardens.  It’s a real opportunity to celebrate how beautiful these sites are and how they form part of our heritage.

Nerys Watts from the Heritage Lottery Fund, which is funding the project through Sharing Heritage, said:

East Devon’s open spaces play such an important role as havens from the bustle of daily life, and we are thrilled to help raise awareness of them and their historic value for as many people as possible. HLF is dedicated to making sure that everything we support can be used and enjoyed by locals and visitors alike.

If you have any old photos or memories of these sites, please contact Jane Nicholls from EDDC’s Streetscene team at Camperdown Terrace Depot, Exmouth EX8 1EJ or email streetsceneops@eastdevon.gov.uk.