Wildlife garden wins again

Wednesday 25th October 2017

Mayor Roberts (centre), with Head Gardener Jon Madge, members of the DWT Garden Group and DWT Chair of Trustees Peta Foxhall (2nd left) in the Cricklepit Mill garden

Devon Wildlife Trust's Cricklepit Mill has won a prestigious 'Britain in Bloom' award from the Royal Horticultural Society. It's the second time the garden has been given the accolade.

The half an acre site in the centre of Exeter is tended by a group of volunteers who donate hours of their time to making a wildlife-rich haven in the grounds of the charity's headquarters.

The Cricklepit Garden Group has been working for five years with the Devon Wildlife Trust. During this time eight regular volunteers have transformed the grounds of Cricklepit Mill clearing what was industrial rubble to create wildflower meadows, a bog garden, pond, sensory plant beds and bug homes. 

The garden has now been awarded the highest level of accreditation – ‘Outstanding’ – in Britain in Bloom’s ‘It’s Your Neighbourhood’ awards - the second time the award has been made following on from a similar success in 2016.

This year's award was presented by the Lord Mayor of Exeter Councillor Mrs Lesley Robson (pictured with Head Gardener Jon Madge). The Mayor commended the gardeners on their wild creation and for fostering a strong local sense of community spirit. 

Cricklepit Mill and its garden can be found at Commercial Road, Exeter, EX2 4RB, close to the Bishop Blaize pub and the city’s Quay. Both are open Monday to Friday 9am to 5pm. Entry is free.


Want to help us in our work for local wildlife? Find out how you can make a difference. 

Tagged with: Wildlife gardening, Devon Wildlife Trust, Exeter, Garden, Gardening, Mayor, RHS, Royal Horticultural Society, Volunteers