Clovelly News

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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Clovelly Court Gardens. Lucy Halliday, Head Gardener

July. SW in Bloom Wow! What a week. A huge amount of preparation went into this past week, culminating in the visit on Friday from the Britain in Bloom regional judges along with the BBC 2 film crew. I am so proud how well the gardens team and Clovelly Community Gardening Group pulled together. And how phenomenally hard everyone worked. It is an honour to be part of such a

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Clovelly Court Gardens. Lucy Halliday, Head Gardener

End of June The last week in June was very hot and dry, but the produce in Clovelly Court gardens started to roll in with a wonderful flavour. Filming We spent another afternoon that week with the BBC filming for the Britain in Bloom coverage. It was good to have our garden changes and progress highlighted after just a couple of months. Start of July This week was full of

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Come and join the Annual Sea Sunday Service on Clovelly quay, 8th July

Sea Sunday Service. Piracy, shipwreck, abandonment and separation from loved ones are just a few of the problems that merchant seafarers face. The Mission to Seafarers provides help and support to the 1.5 million men and women around the world. They can face danger every day to keep our global economy afloat. HRH The Princess Royal is Patron of the Shipwrecked Fishermen and Mariners’ Royal Benevolent Society. It started with

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Blog by Lucy Halliday, Head Gardener

Clovelly Court Gardens It’s a scorcher with lots of lovely sunshine although as gardeners we always think about how little rain we are getting too! The weather was certainly warm for our mammoth effort to take all the stunning hanging baskets from Merry Harriers down into the village. We were lucky to have help from two volunteers or this would not have been possible. Each basket weighed in excess of

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Bude Marathon Run, 9th June

A tidal wave of Trail running – the Tsunami series of Trail races – Puretrail (UK). The most rugged, wild and remote section of the North Devon and Cornish coastline was chosen for some extreme fun along the clifftops and cliff trails. Starting at 9am from Clovelly harbour, about 70 runners raced up the steep cobbled street through the village. They then joined the Coast Path going through the Yellary

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A Heritage tomato collection for sale. Lucy Halliday, Head Gardener

A Heritage Tomato Collection There is a selection of a Heritage tomato collection as plants for sale. These are pieces of history, each with their own story and a taste of the past. You can save your own seed from the plants and pass them on or keep these horticultural heirlooms alive next year. There are 35 varieties for sale in the gardens and at the Visitor Centre. They cover

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RHS trained Lucy is our new Head Gardener at Clovelly Court

Gardening in the blood! Clovelly Court is Lucy Halliday’s focus and she is already making a real impact on these ancient gardens. We asked her for a little background ……….. Education “I took a slightly circuitous route into professional horticulture. Having grown up on the allotment with Dad and Grandparents, learning garden Latin names from my Mum, I was never happier than outdoors. My family is full of artists so I

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The tide still comes in, by Stephen Perham

It is nice to find some sunshine between the rains, it feels as if it has poured continuously for the entire length of March but now brief glimpses of spring sun are occasionally making very welcome appearances. It’s that time of year when everything happens, windows are cleaned, gardens reclaimed, shops dust away the winter webs, sweep out the blown in leaves, slap around a brush of emulsion and open

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