North Devon Hospice invites you to a summer garden gala

Leaf your worries behind and plant yourself at the North Devon Hospice this summer. The charity will be opening their gardens and magical children’s trail for the public to enjoy on Saturday, June 1, giving visitors the chance to see for themselves why these tranquil grounds are so loved by patients and families.

From 10am until 4pm, guests can explore the gardens and children’s trail for free before enjoying a jam-packed itinerary that promises a fun day out for all the family. While keen home gardeners can visit the plant sale stall, which will be offering a variety of plants to purchase, young families can drop by the kids craft area to take part in a whole host of nature-inspired arts and crafts. There will also be a volunteer stall to visit, live music playing throughout the day from a local band, and a BBQ on the Terrace Café Balcony to enjoy.

Donna Matthews, head of facilities at North Devon Hospice, said that this was a great opportunity to explore the hospice gardens at their best.

“If you haven’t visited our beautiful gardens before, now is your chance to do so," she said. "Here at the hospice, we’re proud to have created a serene environment for our patients and families, where they can go to feel at peace and reconnect with nature. It’s an absolute pleasure to be able to share this with our wonderful community and invite you all to come and explore our gorgeous gardens free of charge. Of course, any donations you’d like to give on the day will be greatly appreciated and will help us continue to provide vital care now, in our 40th anniversary year, and beyond.”

North Devon Hospice provides care for local people who are affected by cancer and other life-limiting illnesses. As well as offering support at home, patients can also be admitted to their Bedded Unit when symptoms become more severe, for help with pain management and to make them feel as comfortable as possible when they need it most.

The gardens at the hospice include herbaceous borders, two large ponds, a rose garden, a cherry orchard, a kitchen garden, and a stunning glass greenhouse, housing several plants, fruits, and vegetables.

While the hospice Catering Team regularly use the fresh produce to make a selection of tasty meals for patients and visitors, the other plants grown will be sold at the plant sale stall on the day of the Open Gardens.

“Our head gardener Ian and our team of amazing gardening volunteers have made our gardens a real haven and put so much work into keeping them looking lovely all year round,” added Donna.

“While beds and bushes are kept neat and trimmed, the paths around our gardens are wide, smooth, and wheelchair-friendly, so people of all abilities will be able to explore with ease and enjoyment.”

Admission to the North Devon Hospice Open Gardens and Children’s Trail on Saturday, June 1 between 10am – 4pm is free and dogs on a lead are also welcome, with onsite parking available. To find out more, call 01271 344248 or visit