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7. Homeyards Botanical Gardens, Shaldon

Homeyards - Opening

Homeyards Botanical Gardens are situated on a sloping hillside above Shaldon and enjoy views of Teignmouth across the river and the East Devon and Dorset coastline to the north east. Features such as the castle, pond and rill garden, and the Italianate Garden make the Gardens an interesting place to explore. The castle hosts community events and is available for hire (please note that the castle is unmanned and does not have open access).

Location

Homeyards Botanical Gardens, Shaldon, TQ14 0BA (nearest)

Facilities

  • roadside parking
  • Italian garden
  • pond and rill garden
  • castle available to hire - applications must be made 24 weeks prior to event

Accessibility

Homeyards is an extremely steeply sloping site. Four of the five pedestrian entrances incorporate steep steps. The pergola entrance at the eastern end of the gardens is the most accessible. There are two long, surfaced paths running the length of the Gardens east-west, which are connected via steps north-south. The Italian Rockeries are currently undergoing renovation but continue to be enjoyed during the process.  There are two parking bays for disabled vehicles.

Friends Group

Homeyards has a long established Friends Group that is always looking for keen volunteers to help them in their efforts to raise the profile of the Gardens and help out with voluntary work days. If you think you can help or would like to join them please contact the Green Spaces team who will put you in touch with them. Workdays held every second and fourth Tuesday of the month.

History

The Gardens were created by Maria 'Laetitia' Kempe Homeyard in the late 1920's and early 1930's, and were built by Thomas Rider of Southwark, London. They were constructed on the steeply sloping patchwork of fields above the picturesque village of Shaldon in Devon. Mrs Homeyard was the widow of William Newcombe Homeyard, the inventor and manufacturer of Liquafruta cough syrup. The garden she created is an informal terraced arboretum with a level walk along the top providing many glorious views of the Teign estuary and the town of Teignmouth. 

Homeyards Botanical Gardens received Heritage Lottery Funding and Viridor Credits Funding to renovate the Castle and Italianate Rockeries. 

Opening

The Friends of Homeyards were delighted to formally open the historic gem of Homeyards Botanical Gardens and Castle in Shaldon with a dramatization written and directed by Leon Winston, a local playwright and performed by Year 6 pupils from Shaldon Primary School.  The children who are actively involved in the 3 year project, re-enacted the building and development of the castle.

It was the culmination of several years research and commitment from the Friends of Homeyards, Teignbridge District Council, Heritage Lottery Fund and Viridor Credits. £317,000 funding was received from the Heritage Lottery Fund and £40,000 from Viridor Credits Environment Company. The grants have paid for the restoration of the castle, reinstatement of the roof, windows and doors, creation of a small kitchenette and toilet with disabled access.