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Devon Gardens Trust is devoted to the preservation and enhancement of gardens in the UK county of Devon

Shobrooke Park - understanding an historic landscape (talk and guided tour) NOW FULLY BOOKED

Date & Time of Event: 
Tuesday, 5 May, 2015 (All day)



Shobrooke Park Gardens were first laid out in about 1845 by Henry Hippisley Tuckfield (the current owner, Jack Shelley’s, Great Great Grandmother’s cousin) as the garden for his new house and to complement the Park.   The house was destroyed by fire in 1945.  The garden was neglected until 1968 when John and Dorothy Shelley (Jack’s parents) moved back to Devon and started the clearance work.   In 1981 Dorothy Shelley built the modern bungalow and continued to reclaim the garden.  Jack and Clare Shelley moved into the bungalow in 1992 and set about replanting the garden.

Shobrooke Park and LakeJohn Phibbs of Debois Landscape Group did a historical survey of the park and garden in 1994, and Simon Bonvoisin of Nicholas of Nicholas Pearson Partnership produced a new Parkland Plan in 2012 and the restoration work has been based on their recommendations. 

We are delighted that Simon Bonvoisin has agreed to talk about, and lead a tour of, the landscape for this event.

Until 1939 the garden was looked after by a team of six men and a boy, using a garden pony and hand tools.  All the restoration work has been a compromise between recreating the original garden and creating a garden that can be maintained with modern machinery.

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Programme for the Visit

10.00 ~ Arrival and Tea/Coffee

10.30 ~ Talk by Simon Bonvoisin (Nicholas Pearson Partnership, Tiverton)

Simon has over twenty years’ experience specialising in the conservation, restoration and management of nationally important landscapes. He has advised a wide range of site owners and clients including The National Trust, BP, the Forestry Commission, local authorities, private owners, charitable trusts and the Duchy of Cornwall, in England, Wales and Ireland, and maintains long term working relationships with many of these.

11.30 ~ Guided walk to the Folly and ponds.

1.00 ~ Lunch – please bring a picnic lunch.  Tea/coffee will be provided.

After lunch, visitors will be welcome to wander the gardens and visit the grass amphitheatre.

When:  Tuesday 5th May 2015

Where:  Shobrooke Park, Crediton, EX17 1DG

Cost:  £5 (DGT and Devon History Society members).  Spaces are limited, so preference will be given to members of the two organisations.

How to book:  Please send cheques made out to Devon Gardens Trust to:
Dr Ian Varndell, Devon Gardens Trust, Exeter Community Centre, St Davids Hill, Exeter, EX4 3RG.  Booking is essential.  A booking form can be downloaded here.
Please book before Friday 1st May 2015.  The number of attendees is limited to 50.

Enquiries: to above address or |  e.  chair@devongardenstrust.org.uk  | t.  07769 335506

Our thanks to Dr and Mrs Jack Shelley for making this event possible.  This is a joint event with the Devon History Society.

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