Eight East Devon Parks Receive HLF Cash

Each year, millions of Brits head to Devon and Cornwall. The two counties have the warmest average temperatures and more sunshine than most other counties in the UK. They also have beaches in abundance. However, there is more to see and do in the south west than visit beaches. Some of Cornwall and Devon’s towns and cities have some of the most beautiful examples of public parks and gardens. Now, thanks to HLF funding, a new council scheme will educate visitors on the history of eight East Devon parks. Furthermore, the council is calling for historic photographs as part of the project.

Connaught Gardens in Sidmouth, one of the East Devon parks receiving HLF money

By Severin.stalder – Own work, CC BY-SA 4.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=43741280

The Exhibition’s Eight East Devon Parks

The heritage trail will help locals and visitors come to understand the importance of these places. In no particular order, the eight East Devon parks are:

  • Blackmore Gardens and Connaught Gardens in Sidmouth
  • Canaan Way in Ottery St Mary
  • The Glen in Honiton
  • The Green in Budleigh
  • Seafield Garden in Seaton
  • Beach Gardens and Manor Gardens, both in Exmouth

Each of these gardens are just a short drive away from each other. Information that locals supply to the scheme will help visitors understand the local history. Furthermore, they will come under an umbrella scheme that the council will organise and distribute. Once compiled, visitors will be able to pick up leaflets about the trails and history of each garden. There will be information on all the gardens. Therefore, visitors can appreciate not just their beauty, but also the local history. It is hoped that they will become part of the fabric of local pride and enhance visitor experience for tourists making their way to Devon from elsewhere. Some of the parks and gardens are a haven for wildlife and a great place to see tropical plants that do not grow elsewhere in the UK.

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