Clovelly News

South West in Bloom Gold Award

South West in Bloom Gold Award.  On 4th October there was the highlight of the Regional Britain in Bloom awards in Yeovil.  Clovelly Community Gardening Group was proud to receive Gold in the Champion of Champions category. Lucy Halliday, Head Gardener, Clovelly Court Gardens The gardens team are over the moon about their contribution to this.  And so pleased that our closer collaboration with the Clovelly Community Gardening Group and

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Secret filming for the BBC

Secret filming for the BBC on 1st October.  The production team spent the day filming Clovelly and the donkeys. Once the transmission date is known, the name of the programme can then be posted up.  

Clovelly Court Gardens. Lucy Halliday, Head Gardener

Clovelly Court Gardens.  Well, what a turn around on the weather! From the hottest driest summer for years to a wet and windy few weeks for the start of autumn. Weeds are growing fast with the warm temperatures and sunny spells, which give us plenty to do. Clearing the summer season crops has also begun, helped along by an extended spell of strong winds. The garden is beginning to change

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Clovelly Court Gardens. Lucy Halliday, Head Gardener

I just had a lovely moment in the gardens: A happy pair of hotel guests came strolling through the gardens. They stopped where I was harvesting by my crate of courgettes to ask about the yellow ones, as they did not know what they were. After enjoying the Lobster & Crab Feast at the weekend, they had eaten them at Zach’s BBQ on Sunday and described them as ‘lush’ as

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Lobster & Crab Feast – Lobster Box Race

Lobster & Crab Feast, Sunday 2nd September. The first Lobster Box Race will be held this year. The aim is to see how many boxes one can run over in the harbour.  Participants bringing wet clothes and shoes to wear, welcome.

Clovelly Court Gardens. Lucy Halliday, Head Gardener

Clovelly Court Gardens crops are at last really soaking up the rain and filling out. The squash and pumpkins have thrown out a new flush of growth, though for some of the vines it was a little too late. The fine butternut squash variety ‘Tiana’ which we chose for this year is performing as reliably as ever at least. The celeriac are also beginning to swell and with good September

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More 4 filming in Devon & Cornwall

More 4 filming in Devon & Cornwall started on 8th August at Clovelly for their upcoming series about life in Devon & Cornwall.  As part of 3 days of filming, covering the life of the village and what goes on behind the scenes, they filmed The Hon. John Rous and Mr Mukti Mitchell, Director of Mitchell & Dickinson at Crazy Kate’s Cottage, the home of Ms. Ellie Jarvis.  John Rous

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National Britain in Bloom judging day – Blog by Lucy Halliday, Head Gardener

National Britain in Bloom – judging day at Clovelly.  The judges visited Clovelly village on 6th August and I hope it will be as big a success as the Clovelly Community Gardening Group could make it. They also saw a working garden and work in progress and seemed to really take on board our work so far as well as our hopes and plans for the future. We took a

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Gig naming ceremony. Blog by Ellie Jarvis

Gig naming ceremony – by the oldest pilot gig club in N. Devon The Gig Club celebrated the launch of its brand new fibreglass gig boat on Sunday August 5th.  Television presenter, Amanda Lamb, officially named the boat, ‘Headon Home’, by spraying a bottle of fizz over its bow.  Launched from Clovelly Lifeboat slip to cheers from the crowd of gig club members and lifeboat crew, as well as friends,

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Clovelly Court Gardens. Lucy Halliday, Head Gardener

July. Another week of extremes! Our rain dancing finally came to fruition this weekend past – to such an alarming extent that no one could have been prepared. Looking back at our rain gauge records we literally had three months of rain in the last three days…to the decimal. Although I’m overjoyed about the rain, the wind was rather catastrophic. I’ve spent most of the weekend holding down plants as

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