A year 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, the Town Council hired local artist/garden designer Charlie Narewski Scullion to create a haven for wildlife in that space.
Since then he has been working tirelessly, at first alone and later with volunteers from the Veterans Farm-Able Foundation. They have 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.
On Saturday, 12th June, 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, the garden has been open to the public at specified hours.
Autumn/winter opening hours are: Monday 9.00 am to 4.00 pm, Tuesday to Friday 9.00 am to 1.00 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.