Pensioners transform Sidmouth wasteland into award-winning garden
- Credit: Archant
A decade’s work by volunteers - now with an average age of 70 - has transformed an overgrown expanse into an award-winning scenic spot that is bursting with colour.
Known as the chairman’s garden, it sits on the boundary of the Bedford Lawn car park and Sidmouth Tennis, Cricket and Croquet Club.
It was players of this latter sport who saw the potential of what was ‘waste’ land on the edge of their beautiful green and started digging.
Liz Matthews, whose husband Rob also volunteers, said: “We just kept working and working, bringing stuff from our own gardens and hoping we’d do alright.
“Next thing we know, we’re getting gold medals from Sidmouth in Bloom and the Royal Horticultural Society (RHS).
You may also want to watch:
“Last year, the RHS rated us ‘outstanding’. It gets better every year.”
She said judges from Canada had assumed they had used mechanical diggers but they were soon informed them it was all done by hand.
- 1 Hayman's Butchers 'had been my life' - Stewart Hayman
- 2 Postie raises £6K for charity by walking 100 miles
- 3 Town is spruced up as excitement is in the air for future
- 4 Show of Art set to captivate Kennaway House visitors
- 5 The more we work together the better it will be
- 6 Claire leaves political spotlight
- 7 Sidmouth garden show to take place as lockdown eases
- 8 Golfing season underway at Sidmouth GC
- 9 Property of the Week: Ridgeway in Ottery St Mary
- 10 I want seafront cafe and restaurant to be something Exmouth can be proud of
All the work is funded by the club and the volunteers - Liz and Rob, together with Penny Ball, Michael Hide, Kelvin and Sue Dent, Anne Reece, Margaret and Edward Colman and Geoffrey Steatham.