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Cairn Conservation Carers is a group of volunteers who help to maintain the Cairn in Ilfracombe, clearing and repairing paths, helping to encourage the wildflowers and the wildlife.

The Cairn was given Nature Reservation status in April 2016



Greener Ilfracombe a not-for-profit company limited by guarantee holds the licenses and insurance for Cow Green & Laston Green – the two community gardens/allotments.

Cow Green Community Garden was the first of the community gardens, created in 2002 with the help of many volunteers. The paths, huge water tanks and railings were installed and over 100 woodland trees and willows were donated and planted in the woodland area. The garden is well used by locals and groups particularly for picnics and, with a regular team of volunteers meeting every Friday between 10am and 12 noon, continues to evolve.

Ilfracombe Holy Trinity Graveyard Group  is a self funding community based group open to people of all ages, looking after some 2,500 graves. It was started un 2014 after a need to find War Graves showed how overgrown the graveyard had become having been left to its own devices for almost 4 years.

To raise funds they hold various events including their Dead Famous in Ilfracombe evenings where story tellers bring history alive with a guided tour around the graveyard with actors from Studio Theatre who will appear and talk about the lives of those buried there. From humble families to gentry, shipwrecks to extreme bravery.


Laston Green began in 2010 when a local group with the help of the college and other volunteers cleared the land but unfortunately due to the death of one of the main leaders was ‘unloved’ for a couple of years. In 2014 work began again and last year they had a wonderful harvest.

Little Green Fingers was established to immerse young children in opportunities for outdoor play, discovery and enquiry skills as well as food education. As the majority are under two, the primary focus has been learning through play. They have had the opportunity to role play in the mud kitchen, “work” on the raised bed “building site” with diggers and dumper trucks and play gardener, watering all the plants and having a good old dig for worms in the empty beds.