Wildspace Garden Now Open to the Public


Spring/summer opening hours are:  Monday 9.00 am to 5.00 pm, Tuesday & Wednesday 9.00 am to 1.00 pm, Thursday & Friday 9.00 am to 9.00 pm.  The entrance is down the side of the Town Hall, through the gate by the library.

Because the garden is a wildlife habitat for quiet enjoyment, no dogs, smoking, alcohol, or social gatherings are permitted.  Members of the public are invited to come and sit a while, and see the amazing variety of wild creatures that have made the garden their home.  Imagine what could be achieved if everyone with a garden found a corner to do the same transformation.

History:  Two years ago, there was a rather bedraggled and unloved piece of land behind Buckfastleigh Town Hall, with remnants of building materials and other debris strewn around the long grass.  In October 2020, the Town Council hired local artist/garden designer Charlie Narewski Scullion to create a haven for wildlife in that space. 

He worked tirelessly, at first alone and later with volunteers from the Veterans Farm-Able Foundation.  They cleared debris, created 3 ponds and a bog area, constructed a huge variety of insect shelters and planted all kinds of wildflowers.   Gradually, birds, insects, amphibians and reptiles have arrived and already the garden is buzzing with life.

Before

 

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On Saturday, 12th June 2021, the Wildspace Garden was officially opened by the Mayor and Deputy Mayor of Buckfastleigh. Also in attendance were Town Hall staff and the garden creator himself.  Since Monday, 14th June, 2021 the garden has been open to the public at specified hours.