The Society was formed many years ago and currently has 30 members. We meet in the village Memorial Hall on the second Wednesday most months of the year. Meetings start at 7.30 pm and after a presentation by a guest speaker refreshments are served.
Guest speakers cover all aspects of horticulture and nature and recent subjects have included roses; camellias; clematis; carnivorous and herbaceous plants; organic gardens; vegetables and many others. Owls; other birds; bees and garden worms have also been featured.
In addition there have been ‘garden’ talks including Lukesland; Torre Abbey; Dartington and The Keukenhoff. Coach trips have included Rosemoor; Kilver Court; Wells Priory and Abbotsbury Tropical Gardens and Swannery among many others.
There is a Mini Garden Show every August which is combined with a Dutch Supper and an annual New Year’s Lunch usually held at Dainton Golf Course.
New members and visitors are very welcome. Annual membership is £4 per person and there is a £2 entrance charge (£3 for visitors) to each meeting.
For more information please contact:-
Christine Ashton (Secretary) 01626 364543 or
Richard Fitzgerald (Chairman) 01626 337814
OGWELL GARDEN SOCIETY PROGRAMME FOR 2019
WED 13TH MARCH ‘THE WONDERS OF SPRING’ 7.30pm BY TERRY UNDERHILL
WED 10TH APRIL ‘THE GREEN HEART PROJECT IN COCKINGTON’ 7.30pm BY HANNAH WORTHINGTON
WED 15TH MAY ALL DAY COACH TRIP TO MINTERNE HOUSE AND GARDENS 8.30am
WED 12TH JUNE ‘LILIES AND MORE’ BY JULIAN SUTTON 7.30pm
SAT 22ND JUNE OGWELL FETE PLANT STALL NOON.
WED 10TH JULY EVENING VISIT TO QUARRY FARM – SEE HOW AQUAPONICS WORK 7pm
WED 14TH AUG MINI SHOW FOLLOWED BY DUTCH SUPPER 7.30pm
FRI 6TH SEP. AFTERNOON VISIT TO CADHAY MANNOR AND GARDENS INCL AFTERNNOON TEA 1.30pm
WED 9TH OCT ‘THE IMMORTAL GARDNER’ BY ALI MARSHALL 7.30pm
WED 13TH NOV ‘THE SLAVE TRADE’ BY JEREMY WILSON 7.30pm
WED 11TH DEC ‘CHRISTMAS PLANTS BY PETER BURKE 7.30pm
WED 15TH JAN 2020 NEW YEAR LUNCH AT DAINTON 12.30pm
ANNUAL MEMBERSHIP £4pp ENTRANCE FEE £2pp or £3pp non members
MEETINGS START 7.30pm in OGWELL MEMORIAL HALL (UNLESS STATED OTHERWISE)
ALL ENQUIRIES TO CHRISTINE ASHTON (SECRETARY) on 01626 364543
You will find the most recent updates and information posted below!
OGWELL GARDEN SOCIETY REPORT FOR APRIL 2019.
At our meeting on Wed 10th April Richard Fitzgerald welcomed Hannah Worthing from the Torbay Coast and Countryside Trust to tell us all about the Green Heart Project at Cockington.
Hannah introduced herself as project manager and explained that ‘Green Heart’ meant putting the actual green heart back into a neglected Cockington Village which was very run down with overgrown woodlands and pathways, buildings in disrepair and lakes which very badly silted up. The Trust raised 1.6 million pounds for the project and it will have taken 4yrs to finish this July with the help of many volunteers.
The 3 main focus points where; a) Restore the old Linhay into a visitor centre and Heritage centre. b). Restore the Gamekeepers cottage into a viable education centre and accommodation for 6 volunteers. c) Clear out the lakes, footpaths and hedgerows and make them fit for purpose.
The many volunteers have worked every Thursday for the last 4yrs to cut and clear shrubs and branches and restore the paths. The Linhay (Devon Barn) had only its round pillars standing and was very dilapidated so plans were drawn up to turn it into the new centre you see today (see photo). The original barn would have been open ended hence the glass fronting to the new building to replicate that ,it is a grade 2 listed building. The game keeper’s cottage has a new thatched roof and the inside is now complete. The lakes were a bigger challenge with a drainage company brought it at great expense to slowly strain the silt and pump the remaining residue up the valley into farm land this was only possible after the fish were all removed including a carp weighing 27lbs and numerous other varieties where found. Newton fisheries took all the fish for their ponds and have now replenished the newly restored lakes. New signposts and information boards have been placed around the park. This spring there is new growth around the lakes and pathways and is well worth a visit. There is a permanent gardener and many volunteers who look after the main planting and the Rose garden all year round.
The project has won many awards ; Green flag for countryside parks, R.H.S and S.W in Bloom award, and also an accessibility award for easy access to all paths and for providing transport called a ‘tramper’ which is a robust mechanical wheelchair which can be hired for £2.50 per session or £10 for the year and can be found at over 40 sites in Devon. Great to hear such progress has been made to such an iconic village.
Stem of the month was won by Richard Fitzgerald with a snakes head fritillary.
Richard reminded everyone that our next meeting will be our coach trip to Minterne House and gardens leaving Ogwell Green at 8.30am and then Reynell road. There are still some places so anyone wishing to go along please contact Chris Ashton tel 364543 for more information.
The Annual membership fee is due still at £4pp a great bargain, so come along and meet a very friendly group of fellow gardeners. For more information contact Christine Ashton sec. tel 364543 or Richard Fitzgerald chairman tel. 337814.