Plymouth Chief Royal Navy Engineer’s Hidden Garden Tavern Makes Cuprinol Shed of the Year 2021 Shortlist

A Chief Engineer in The Royal Navy who built a hidden pub in his garden has been shortlisted for the Cuprinol Shed of the Year 2021 competition.

Plymouth-based John ‘Bungy’ Williams, who’s also a foster carer, is one of three sheddies to be shortlisted in the ‘Unexpected/Unique’ category, with his shed Bungy's Backyard Bar.

Having already built a bar when living in Cyprus a...

Devon homeowners urged to check their oil tanks

The Environment Agency is urging people in Devon and Cornwall to check their oil tanks for leaks to protect the environment and reduce the risk of potentially large financial losses. Over the past three months 32 oil-related incidents were reported to the Environment Agency in the two counties – a 50% rise from the same period last year. With the recent cold weather, many households –...

New wildlife gardening guide shows big potential of small spaces in Devon

A new guide published today by the RSPB and Barratt Developments, which is currently building brand-new communities across Devon, shows how to turn balconies and small gardens into sanctuaries for wildlife.

The RSPB's ‘Welcome Wildlife into Your World' guide gives top tips and advice for bringing nature to your home, especially for people with a small amount of outdoor space such as...

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Plymouth Hospitals Charity funds hospital garden transformation

lymouth Hospitals Charity has awarded £500 to help transform a small garden space at Rowan House. Healthcare Assistant, Judith Bywater has been busy brightening up a grey, concrete courtyard and is transforming it into a mini haven for staff and patients.

When the Pain Clinic and Dermatology moved over to Rowan House three years ago, the teams got together over a weekend to weed and...

Garden Games at Drake Circus go down a storm!

On Tuesday 22nd August Drake Circus hosted their very own Garden Games which encouraged children to take on their parents with a family day of giant garden games! With Jenga, Connect Four, and Bowling the day proved a hit with everyone who attended!

This was part of the Summer events at Drake Circus to get families participating in activities together during the summer holidays....

PCSOs help restore fraud victims' garden

Plymouth police rolled up their sleeves to lend a hand to two retired nuns who have been repeatedly conned by rogue traders for shoddy home and garden work.

Gemma Summers, 70, and Rachel Wadding, 76, handed thousands of pounds to cold callers this year on the promise that they would carry out a range of work at their Leigham home.

In one instance they were charged around £3,500...

New flag raised in Hoe Garden public art project

The second in a series of flags celebrating Edward Stanley Gibbons, the Plymouth-born founder of the renowned Stanley Gibbons stamp business, has been raised in the Hoe Garden.

The flags are the brainchild of artist Joanna Brinton, who won a public art commission from Plymouth City Council (supported by Plymouth Culture) to showcase local artists and the city’s unique history.


Saltram Summer Garden Party

Tamar Grow Local and Saltram House will be celebrating the summer in true English country style on the weekend of 25th and 26th July in the grounds of the beautiful 18th century estate in Plymouth with this year’s Saltram Summer Garden Party.

Over 50 food producers, artists and makers will be heading to Saltram over the weekend for the Garden Party which will showcase local food, drink and crafts made in Cornwall and Devon.

There will also be masses of family entertainment on offer including traditional garden games, a programme of talks taking place in Saltram’s Grade II...

Popular garden waste scheme restarts

Plymouth’s popular garden waste collection is starting up again from 30 March.

This year the scheme will be extended by a month until the end of November so that people can sweep up autumn leaves and put their garden to bed for the winter.

The collection operates every fortnight – the same week that people’s recycling is collected.

The service starts just ahead of the...

World's biggest garden ornaments at Paignton Zoo

The gardens of Paignton Zoo are now home to four of the largest garden ornaments ever seen.

A large gorilla covered in shells, a towering giraffe and a dazzling butterfly have all popped up in the Zoo grounds in recent weeks.

Barry the Gorilla attended the Chelsea Flower Show before retiring to South Devon, while Gerald the Giraffe was at Hampton Court Flower Show. The (unnamed...