FOGG working with the council

Back in the summer, the District Council’s newsletter showcased the efforts of the FOGG’s working party:

Working party begins restoring Sidmouth’s ‘hidden garden’

A great start was made in restoring Sidmouth’s ‘secret garden’ on Thursday, 9 June.

More than 12 volunteers from The Friends of Glen Goyle gathered at the former Victorian parkland in the Manor Road area, which was once home to many beautiful plants and trees, but has since become neglected and overgrown.
The first working party event began with an introduction by Paul Fealey, Horticultural Technical Officer with East Devon District Council, discussing the state of the plants along the stretch of the Glen. The group then set to work clearing overgrown areas of ivy and brambles.

The Friends of Glen Goyle will be meeting every Thursday morning from 10am to 12.30pm at the entrance on Manor Road. Paul is happy to give training to the volunteers, while members of his own council team tackle the more inaccessible areas.

Residents’ update – Friday, 17 June

The District Council’s dedicated website to such groups shows how working parties and council officers can work together – and Sidmouth seems to be doing quite well!

Volunteering with Parks and Gardens

Volunteer groups help to maintain nine of our green spaces in East Devon. These groups are composed of volunteers who dedicate their time and energy into caring for and improving their local parks for everyone to enjoy.

The volunteer groups meet on a regular basis, usually once a week. Staff from Parks and Gardens often attend to guide, assist and train the groups where necessary. Anyone with an interest in improving their local green space is welcome to join a volunteer group and give as much or as little time as they wish.

There are currently nine parks with volunteer groups:

Connaught Gardens (Sidmouth)
Glen Goyle (Sidmouth)
Blackmore Gardens (Sidmouth)
The Byes (Sidmouth)
Phear Park (Exmouth)
Manor Gardens (Exmouth)
Jubilee Memorial Grounds (Beer)
Seafield Gardens (Seaton)
The Glen (Honiton)

Where we can, we offer support and guidance, from technical advice, to helping stage small events and activities in the parks.

Volunteering with Parks and Gardens – East Devon