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2014 In the new car park, which was created by Ilfracombe Town Council after demolishing some derelict buildings, a bed was made for us by Community Resources to create a community herb garden.  Friends of Fore Street are going to benefit from the herbs and have agreed to look after it.

           Before we started                                      Measuring for plants                                  Finishing Touches

Trinity Place

We teamed up with Devon County Council & North Devon Council to improve the gardens, to make them more open and a feature in the town once again – much like they were many years ago.

The shrubs were cut back and the ground cleared of ivy and weeds. The three birch trees, that were a health & safety risk as the roots were lifting the pavements, were removed by DCC.

Ilfracombe in Bloom planted the area with a variety of small shrubs, including lavandula, cistus, hydrangea, ceonothus & thyme, as well as some perennials and we will continue to add further planting and to maintain this area.

In 2014 A new planter was added where a seat used to be.

Broad Street Planters

The North Devon Joint Delivery Team were instrumental in creating a ‘café culture’ area by widening pavements and resurfacing the road at the bottom of Fore Street and along Broad Street and they asked if we could plant and maintain permanent planters if they supplied them. In addition we were able to add a further three to complete the project, thanks to an anonymous donation.

Skate Park As part of the RHS & Woodland Trust’s ‘Planting Trees for the Community’ we had a year-round colour pack of 105 trees. Half we shared between the junior school for their woodland area and North Devon Council to plant in Bicclescombe Park & the War Memorial gardens to replace the birch trees that had been removed. The remainder we planted at the new skate Park, The Benricks, with the help of young skate park users and Transform on 26th March.

2010 -  Make me Smile Boat

An old boat by the harbour slipway was replaced with a larger one that had been donated and is sometimes planted to commemorate an event, in 2014 to represent poppies.

Make Me Smile is a charity named after a band formed by a young local man suffering from cancer, who died in 2000 aged just 22. His friends kept the band going in aid of the skin cancer unit at the hospital in Exeter for a further 10 years

2009  Ilfracombe Round Table sponsored the development of 2 boats at the town’s main entrance to make a more integrated display, including appropriate shrubs, a beach with breakwaters, driftwood sculpture and lobster pots.

Projects over the Years - then & now

2015 We have been given an old boat in which to build a display at the edge of Ropery Road Car Park. Planted with marigolds and poppies for this summer the intention is to turn it into a seascape to fit in with its location close to the harbour.

2016 The newly formed Green Team led by two local Town Councillors are carrying out grass cutting & hedge trimming previously carried out be Devon County Council. will start work to improve the gardens in Wilder Road. Shrubs have been cut back & the wooden fencing which is in a poor state will either be repaired or replaced.

2013 The main project was to enhance the Score lay by n the main approach road into Ilfracombe which had become overgrown with weeds. The ground was cleared, rotavated and prepared ready for planting a variety of shrubs - some deciduous and others evergreen - as well as a selection of summer flowering bulbs.

2012 saw us continue to work on existing projects as well as installing new planters at Trinity Gardens which were made for us by Community Resources (Devon) CIC, a company that gives work to adults with learning difficulties

2011 was a busy year when we started several new projects. At Bicclescombe Park Road

with the help of Community Resources (Devon) CIC a small area at the junction of St Brannocks Road and Bicclescombe Park Road, which had been over grown for many years, was cleared and planted with a variety of small shrubs and perennials.