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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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Clovelly village featured in an article

The Foray Motor Group featured an article on South West of England attractions with ideas on driving days out this Spring. This includes Clovelly and many other lovely attractions in Northern Devon and Cornwall. Another trip that must be a part of your spring itinerary is driving down to Clovelly Village in Devon. The quaint and visually striking village of Clovelly should be explored for its historic nature, colourful appearance, and

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Lentsherd: A Clovelly tradition, by Ellie Jarvis

  For generations every Shrove Tuesday, the children of Clovelly have taken part in an unusual custom. Tin cans are tied to strings and dragged down the famous cobbled street at dusk. The incredible noise the tin cans make is said to rid Clovelly of all the bad things from the previous year, chasing bad spirits away and banishing the Devil into the sea before the season of Lent begins.

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Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Society film

Watch the official trailer released for the Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Society film scheduled for general release on 20th April. Shooting parts of the film in North Devon took place last year including Clovelly and nearby Hartland Abbey last May. In the trailer, see how many views you can spot if both are familiar. You can also see Nazi troops marching through the streets of Bideford and a plane

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RHS Britain in Bloom competition

Last year Clovelly won a third consecutive Gold award in the South West region of the RHS Britain in Bloom competition and a ‘Best in Group’ trophy with Mary Mortimer cup, thanks to the Gardening Group and all residents. This year on 6th February, Clovelly village was thrilled to receive confirmation from RHS that it is now one of the 2017 regional group finalists, thus representing the South West region

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