Repairs to the Leechwell

During May the Leechwell was repaired. This was very much a 'dry run' for the Pool Project. You can read more about it here

2015 Spring Celebration

On Sunday 17th May the Leechwell Garden will be hosting a Spring Fun Day. All proceeds will go to support the garden - buying plants etc.

2014 AGM

The 2014 AGM of the Leechwell Garden Association was held on Wednesday 10th December at Totnes Fire Station.

Never too Young!

Here's a picture of a young volunteer helping in the Leechwell Garden last week!

September in the Gardens of Totnes

You are invited!

The Lamb, Follaton Community Forest Garden, Bowden House, Foxhole, as well as Incredible Edibles are all taking part in The Big Dig's Edible Garden Trail this month. Throughout a whole week of garden events - taking place in & around Totnes - eight gardens, hosted by various community gardening groups, are opening their gates & showcasing the food-growing sites. It is an opportunity for everyone to visit and find out more from the local community gardens, perhaps sign up to volunteer, or maybe even just sample some produce.

To find out the full list of participating gardens and, to see the timetable of events throughout the week of Wednesday, September 17th to the 24th, 2014 go online as Totnes DOES The BIG DIG!!!!

Taking place at The Lamb for The Big Dig: At our Monday, 22nd September session with Caz Wakelin, we will be holding a mini cook-up feast, making use of all the Lamb Garden's 2014 produce, harvested either recently, or on the day as part of events. You are Invited to join this session from 2-4.30pm It's free! Just turn up. All welcome.

Healing in the Leechwell Garden

If you managed to make Health in the Garden on August 23rd at the Leechwell Garden, then you were in for a real treat.... as a sunny afternoon in the beautiful town garden was added to by some free taster sessions from complementary health practitioners. Providing generously their time and skills, Julia Ridsdale, Jo Raeburn and Belinda Bluebell all offered sample treatments of a variety of nature. The good news, is that we'd really love to host this again, so check out Love Parks Week in 2015 for some possible activities.

In the meantime!

We have a new workshop for 2014, which will be taking place on Sunday, September 21st in the Leechwell Garden from 2-4pm. It is free and open to adults to join in: a creative art venture involving natural dye pigments from plants for making an art installation. Organised by the Magic Dye House Foundation. For more details, see here

Spring Celebration

On a lovely sunny day (see the photos here), we received nearly £900 in donations for refreshments, plants, books, tombola and face painting!

New Seating and forthcoming Spring Celebration

The three new seats we commissioned from Mike Gardner of Woodmanship were installed in the garden today (Thursday April 24th 2014). The two benches will eventually be relocated to the pool area when the Japanese Knotweed has been finally conquered and work on the pool can begin. The wiggly snake for very young children will stay where it is.

Although the seating can be used now, it will be officially declared 'open' at the Spring Celebration, to be held in the garden on Sunday May 18th.

See here for photos of the installation.

Kids Corner 2014

Details of the 2014 Kids Corner program run by Rachel are here

Gardening for Health and the Big Dig

For the Gardening for Health program this Spring see the poster here.

For details of the Big Dig this year, see here.

Quiz Night at the Bay Horse Inn in aid of the LGA - Monday January 13th 2014

On Monday January 13th, the regular Quiz at the Bay Horse Inn in Cistern Street was be in aid of the LGA. We raised over 210!

Updated Totnes Garden Trail Leaflet

There's a new version of the Totnes Garden Trail Leaflet produced by SHDC, with text by Sue Holmes and photos by Kim Sayer. You can download a printable copy of the document here.

Awards for the Leechwell Garden

On Thursday November 7th, the Leechwell Garden was the scene of an awards presentation. See here for more details.

Summer Activity Programme at the Lamb and Leechwell Gardens

See here for details of the summer programme of activities.

Leechwell Walks

The new Leechwell Garden is located in the ancient landscape of the Leechwell area of Totnes, lying between Leechwell Lane, an notable holy well and the site of a 12th Century leper hospital. The garden is fast becoming a landmark site, reflecting how a community has and is working together with the District Council to create and care for a beautiful and sustainable new public green space in the heart of the town.

The garden contains a scheduled monument- a small three sided pool which draws its water from the Leechwell above. There still remains one important task for the Leechwell Garden Committee who manage the garden- to repair the pool and plant the surrounding area, in the top corner of the garden- currently closed to visitors.

Shirley Prendergast who is co-ordinating the application for Scheduled Monument Consent for repairs to the pool, is offering two fundraising walks/talks on the history of the Leechwell area:

Groups can sign up for a walk exploring how the past and present are linked in this fascinating area. Both start at the Kingsbridge Inn and end up at the new garden. All proceeds go towards the restoration fund for the pool.

For more about the walks contact Shirley:

2013 AGM

The 2013 AGM of the Leechwell Garden Association was held on Monday 20th May in the Kingsbridge Inn, Leechwell Street, Totnes. The new committee was elected (see here) and Treasurer Ed Vidler reported that the Spring Celebration the previous day had raised roughly £520.

Expressive Art Workshop

Emma Capper will be running another "Expressive Art Workshop" in the Leechwell Garden on 23rd May 2013. More details here.

BBC Radio Interview with Shirley and Roma

On March 23rd BBC Radio Devon (104.3 FM) broadcast a piece on the Garden - an interview with Shirley Prendergast and Roma Church by Lincoln Shaw of BBC Radio Devon. Click on the Play button below to hear the piece.

Kid's Corner Spring Program

See here for details of the Kid's Corner Spring Program.

The Big Dig

The Lamb and Leechwell Gardens are joining forces with neighbouring community gardens for a special week long national volunteer's event 'The Big Dig'. More details here.

Volunteer Sessions - 2013 Spring and Summer programme

Gardening sessions for volunteers will take place from 10am - 12 noon on the first Monday of each month, starting in March. The dates are:

March 4th April 8th May 13th
June 3rd July 1st August 5th
September 2nd October 7th November 4th

Quiz Night - raised over £170!

On Monday 14th January 2013 the proceeeds from the Quiz Night at the Bay Horse Inn in Cistern Street went to the LGA - it raised over £170.

Willow Weaving Workshop - Saturday November 10th

On Saturday November 10th, Gardening for Health is organising a willow-weaving workshop in the Leechwell Garden from 1:30pm until 3:30pm. Willow experts Bridget Coatlen and Angela Holland and Kid's Corner Co-ordinator Rachel Laila Rafiqi will all be on hand.

For more details see Facebook or contact Catherine (

New Totnes Garden Trail Map

There's an updated version of the Garden Trail document (devised by Sue Holmes) that describes a walk round Totnes (with a detailed map) visiting all three new gardens (the Leechwell Garden, The Lamb Garden and Heath's Garden). You can download a printable copy of the document here.

After the Deluge

Photos and videos of the after-effects of the torrential raind that fell during the night of October 5th can be seen here.

Muddy Mums and Tai Chi summer programs

See here for details of the Muddy Mums summer program and here for details of the Tai Chi summer program.

Spring Celebration on Sunday May 20th

On Sunday May 20th we held a Spring Celebration in the garden - for photos see here..

2012 AGM

The 2012 AGM of the Leechwell Garden Association will be held on Tuesday 29th May in the Kitchen of Birdwood House, High Street, Totnes, starting at 7pm. For more details see here.

Bumper Quiz Night!

On Monday 9th April 2012 the proceeeds from the Quiz Night at the Bay Horse Inn in Cistern Street went to the LGA - this time we raised over £180! Many thanks to all those who attended and made it such a success.

Gardening for Health - 2012 Spring and Summer programme

For details of the 2012 Gardening for Health Program see here

Visit to Rosie Musgrave's Studio

On Thursday 4th August, members of the LGA Committee paid a visit to Rosie Musgrave's studio on Dartmoor to see how work was progressing. See here for photos.

Pool Design Event

On Saturday 25th June we held a Pool Design Event at Birdwood House, High Street, Totnes. You can read more about what happened here.

Totnes Garden Trail

Sue Holmes has produced a Garden Trail document that describes a walk round Totnes (with a detailed map) visiting all three new gardens (the Leechwell Garden, The Lamb Garden and Heath's Garden). You can download a printable copy of the document here.


Leechwell Garden Association and Totnes Development Trust would like to let all users of Leechwell Garden that there is, as yet, no agreement on access via Heath Way. For the moment the garden has just two entrances - the main entrance from the Heath Way car park and the side entrance from the footpath to the Leechwell. We are working with all parties concerned to try to resolve the issue, and would ask the community as a whole both to continue to be patient, and to support our efforts on your behalf.

LGA 2011 AGM

The 2011 Annual General Meeting of the Leechell Garden Association was held at 7pm on Wednesday 18th May in the Assembly Room at the Royal 7 Stars Hotel on the Plains. See here for details.

Spring Activity - Sunday 13th March

See here for pictures taken during the day.

Visit by Green MP Caroline Lucas

On Thursday February 24th 2011, Caroline Lucas (MP for Brighton Pavilion) visited the Leechwell Garden. See here for details.

Opening of the Lamb Garden

On Friday 18th February 2011, Sarah Wollaston MP opened the new garden at the top of the Lamb in Totnes. See here for photos.

And the Winner is ...

Rosie Musgrave! For more details click here.

Opening of Heath's Garden

On Tuesday December 7th the new Heath's Garden (beside the Masonic Hall) was officially opened. Some (poorly exposed) pictures can be seen here.

Shirley Prendergast Interview

Between 7 am and 9 am on Sunday 5th December BBC Radio Devon (104.3 FM) will be broadcasting a piece on the Garden, the Pool and the Leechwell. It's an interview with Shirley Prendergast by Lincoln Shaw of BBC Radio Devon. Click on the Play button below to hear the piece.

Both Gates have now been installed!

See here for pictures of the main gate and the gate onto the footpath to the Leechwell.

Public Art Competition News

There was an excellent response to the Public Art Competition with 20 artist/sculptors submitting a great variety of ideas of a very high standard. After much deliberation the selection panel chose four finalists to go through to the next stage:

  1. Carl Hahn/Chris Amey
  2. Rosie Musgrave
  3. Suzanne Redstone
  4. Thrussell and Thrussell

Over the next few weeks the finalists will be submitting details of their ideas and an exhibition of the four finalists' work may be seen for one day only at Birdwood House, Totnes on Saturday December 4th, 10.00 - 4.00 pm.

The winner will be announced on December 15th 2010.

It's Open!

There are photos of the opening here and of the rehearsal for it here.

The Main Gates have arrived!

See here for pictures of the new main gates.

Grand Opening!

On Sunday 17th October 2010 at 3pm, the garden will be officially opened! For more details of the grand launch event (with music and giant figures) click here.

Construction of the Dry Stone Wall and the Pergola

On Thursday 7th October, volunteers were hard at work building the dry stone wall in the herb garden - see here. The next day, Tim Crowley and his crew started work erecting the Pergola - see here.

Public Art Competition Announced

The LGA will be holding a £5000 competition for a piece of public art to be placed in the garden - full details here

Construction of the Play Structure

Work has started on the play structure - click here for pictures.

Community Spaces Grant Application is Approved!

We submitted our application for a £50,000 Community Spaces grant back in May and have just (13th July) heard that our application has been successful! It took more than 6 months of hard work to put it together - you can see all the application documents we have produced here. Details of the ongoing project to spend the grant are here.

The 2010 AGM of the Leechwell Garden Association was held on Tuesday 29th June at the Civic Hall, Totnes. It was well-attended and over £130 was raised in donations. Elections were held for the committee and some changes to the constitution were approved. You can read about both here.

Peter Randall-Page visits the Garden

The well-known sculptor Peter Randall-Page (who lives on Dartmoor) visited the Leechwell Garden at the invitation of the LGA Committee this week. See here for details and photos.

Questionnaire Feedback

Many thanks to all those who completed the questionnaire (over 150 of you!). A most striking feature of the feedback was the extent to which respondents felt that community wishes had been successfully interpreted in the plans for the new garden. Almost all reported being very satisfied or satisfied with all features. There were a few "don't knows" expressed on an/some aspects and a small minority expressed dissatisfaction. Most popular was the way that community wishes had been interpreted in relation to the natural planting (96% satisfied or very satisfied), followed by benches (95%) then trees (94%) and herb garden (94%), pergola (93%) and informal play (90%).

Shirley Prendergast has written a document describing the consultation (available for download here) and Gill Dunne has produced a report analysing the data (available for download here). Given the overwhelming support for the plans from the community, we're hopeful that out application to Community Spaces will be successful.

March 5th 2010 - Progress!

Pictures of South West highways in the garden in March 2010 are here. Real progress has been made on the devon banks, drystone walls and herb garden and work is starting on the pools. The work is expected to take about 8 weeks (end of March).

February 1st 2010 - Clearance Work Starts

Pictures of South West highways in the garden in February 2010 are here. The infrastructure work is expected to take about 8 weeks (end of March).

Felling of the large Eucalypt

Pictures of the felling of the big Eucalypt - taken from Leechwell Cottage on December 10th and 11th 2009 - are here.

Funding News

Stage 1 of our application to Community Spaces for £50,000 has been approved. The grant will help provide benches, gates, the herb garden and pergola and play structures for children. The committee is busy working on Stage 2 - the forms are quite daunting!

Exhibition at Birdwood House, Totnes

On Friday 27th and Saturday 28th November 2009 an exhibition devoted to the Leechwell Garden and the proposed Heath's Garden was held at Birdwood House, Totnes (on the corner of the Market Square). It will be open from 9am until 4pm on Friday and from 10am until 2.30pm on Saturday.

As well as updated plans of what is proposed, members of the LGA committee were on hand. Charles Fox and Anthony Harrison were also available to answer questions about his proposals for Heath's Garden (the piece of land next to the Masonic Hall sometimes known as "Pooh Corner"). Several hundred people attended.

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