Don't miss a story sign up to Sidmouth Herald's FREE daily newsletter CLICK HERE

Beer YHA garden will be sensational

13:02 21 February 2013

Mike Ruiter (centre) with Jim Anderson, Tom King, Clair Anderson, gardener Tony Hicks and Anton Ashcroft at Beer YHA

Mike Ruiter (centre) with Jim Anderson, Tom King, Clair Anderson, gardener Tony Hicks and Anton Ashcroft at Beer YHA


A Beer garden will be truly sensational when a volunteer effort makes it accessible for people with disabilities.

The YHA is establishing a ‘sense trail’ so those with limited vision or hearing can experience their surroundings to the full.

Four volunteers from East Devon and further afield are helping out manager Mike Ruiter and the rest of the staff to cut back the rebellious weeds and replace them with flora for all faculties.

“There will be colourful flowers for the partially sighted – we’re going to have a massive bed of daffodils for a real splash of yellow,” said Mike.

“We’ll have rustling grasses that make distinctive noises, a smell garden with things like rosemary and a tasting area with strawberries and herbs.”

He said he hopes to get funding to have labels in Braille, and would also like tactile fossils to reflect Beer’s position on the Jurassic Coast.

The Dutch manager is excited at how quickly the garden is progressing now he’s got people helping out.

The sense trail comes as part of a wider effort to have the hostel’s garden enjoyed by the whole community.

Mike said: “It will be a public park, open to everybody at any time, with no entrance fee.”

His volunteer drive has been aided by the YHA and the organisation’s deal with the Duke of Edinburgh award, and he is now pleased to have helping hands lined up for the next 56 weeks – but he’s always looking for more.

The YHA was last year awarded the prestigious Investors in People Gold Award, reflecting its commitment to aiding personal development.

To help out, call the hostel on 01297 20296.


Other News Stories

The Sidmouth Friends of the Samaritans held their AGM this week. Pictured are chairman Sue Kensdale with from left Ron Harbour (treasurer), vice chairman Gerald Hayne and Denis Jones (sec). Photo by Simon Horn. Ref shs 3446-08-14SH. To order your copy of this photograph go to

The loss of Sidmouth’s Samaritans support group will have a ‘major impact’ on the running of the service, says the leader of the charity’s Exeter, Mid and East Devon branch.

Read more
MP Hugo Swire visit the King's School this week where he is pictured meeting students in the Teen Health Group. Ref sho 7123-48-15SH. Picture: Simon Horn

Hugo Swire praised students for their ‘passionate determination’ to address important issues

Read more
Sally Neal has become Sidmouth's first female Crew Manager. Ref shs 7512-48-15SH. Picture: Simon Horn

A firefighter has made history after becoming the first woman in Sidmouth to reach the rank of crew manager.

Read more
Yesterday, 19:30
Plans have been lodged for Hillside House

A former hotel and restaurant in Newton Poppleford could be converted into a 13-bed care home.

Read more
Yesterday, 14:30

A temporary tariff of £2 per day will be introduced at Sidmouth’s town centre car parks next week.

Read more
Wed, 18:30
Natasha Koshti.

The Budleigh Salterton Committee for Cancer Research UK is holding an Evening In India on Saturday, November 28, at 7pm in the Public Hall.

Read more
Wed, 17:41
The dip in Temple Street, Sidmouth. Ref shs 7614-48-15SH. Picture: Simon Horn

Devon County Council has announced drainage works will take place along Temple Street for five weeks from Monday, January 18.

Read more
Wed, 17:28
Cranbrook Railway Station. Ref mhc 3523-37-15TI. Picture: Terry Ife

AFTER many postponements, Cranbrook railway station will finally open on Sunday, December 13.

Read more
Wed, 16:12
Police are appealing for help in finding the culprit responsible for recent graffiti tags

One man has been questioned in connection with a recent bout of vandalism and officers are asking for more information or witnesses

Read more
Wed, 12:29
DCC's proposed cycling and walking route between Sidbury and Sidford

County Hall chiefs will soon be submitting plans for a long-awaited walking and cycling trail between Sidbury and Sidford.

Read more

Local Weather



max temp: 12°C

min temp: 4°C

Most Read News

Great British Life

Great British Life

Useful Links

Family notices
Advertise in the paper
Submit a Story
Submit a Story
Buy Photos
Google Plus Page
Reader Travel

Family Notices 24

Read Online

Read the Sidmouth Herald e-edition E-edition

Local business directory

Devon's trusted business finder

Find a job in Sidmouth

Find planning applications