Sunshine and smiles at gallery garden launch

PUBLISHED: 16:00 17 May 2016 | UPDATED: 08:49 24 May 2016

The new Thelma Hulbert Gallery garden was officially opened. Romilly Page Turner, six, cuts the ribbon. Ref mhh 20-16AW 7138. Picture: Alex Walton

The new Thelma Hulbert Gallery garden was officially opened. Romilly Page Turner, six, cuts the ribbon. Ref mhh 20-16AW 7138. Picture: Alex Walton

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The garden was officially opened by Cllr Stuart Hughes.

The sun shone over a successful garden launch at Honiton’s Thelma Hulbert Gallery (THG) last week.

The gallery celebrated the completion of its garden, designed by Anna Wardrop, by putting on a well-attended party.

In total, THG raised £30,000 with generous grants from charitable trusts, as well as grants from AONB East Devon, The Edward Cook Trust, Devon County Council’s locality budget, the Government’s Pocket Parks scheme and private donations.

Angela Blackwell, THG’s curator, said: “It was lovely to see so many visitors enjoying themselves here today. We would like to thank all the donors and trusts for their generosity, many of which came to the party too.

“We look forward to using the garden for lots more activities and workshops over the summer.”

Devon County Councillor Stuart Hughes also attended the bash and officially opened the garden.

He said: “I was honoured to open this beautiful community garden here at the Thelma Hulbert Gallery, which is such an important part of our local community of Honiton and East Devon.

“The new ‘Pocket Park’ is one of only 87 created nationally by the government, which is a significant achievement for Honiton.

“It is great to see this space transformed with local wildflowers and fruit bushes and trees, interactive areas for families, with bug hotels, live willow archways, herbs and edible plants and we look forward to seeing it grow and thrive.”


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