First working party to meet along the Glen

Last month, the Herald announced the setting up of the Friends of Glen Goyle – and the first working party to start the sensitive restoration of a very special place:

Restoration plan for Sidmouth’s secret garden | Sidmouth Herald

The first meeting of the FOGG working party will be at the entrance on Manor Road at 10am to 12.30pm on Thursday 9th June – and it will be led by EDDC’s Horticultural Technical Officer, Paul Fealey, who will also be offering proper horticultural training.

“It is apparent that this area was something special when it was constructed,” says FOGG member John McGregor, “and it surely deserves to be brought to life and cared for once again.”

“We intend to meet fortnightly,” adds FOGG member and volunteer Phil Lee. “There will be no commitment – and any help and time given will be appreciated.”

New working party to help restore Victorian glory of Glen Goyle

Volunteers are covered by a council risk assessment and public liability insurance provided by the Vision Group for Sidmouth.

Tools will also be provided – but do bring along something for a mid morning coffee break.

The final word comes from horticulturalist Paul: “I have just ordered five secateurs, loppers, hand fork, hand trowel, border spade and border fork. Plus, I picked up some Pulmoraria, Epimediium, Brunnera, Getebium and viola.”

If you’d like to come along and join in the restoration of this unique part of Sidmouth’s heritage, contact

Photo looking south to the lawn taken by Ed Dolphin