This website is about the Leechwell Garden Association. The Association was formed in January 2009 with the primary purpose of managing, in association with the landowner (currently SHDC), the public open space in Totnes known as the "Leechwell Garden" for the benefit of the people of Totnes. The association is open to everyone (the annual subscription is currently waived) - instructions for joining can be found here.

Opening Times

The Leechwell Garden is open from 8.30am until dusk (or 8.30pm if this is earlier). From mid-April until September the garden will be open from 8.30am until 8.30pm, while as the days get shorter it closes earlier until by mid-December it's around 4.30pm. The garden is closed on Christmas Day.


Click on the map for a larger version, which also shows the location of Heath's Garden and the Lamb (Gardening for Health) Garden.

Holding Activities in the Garden

If you are interested in using the garden to host some sort of communal activity, please contact Catherine Munro - either by phone at 07582125438 or email to catherine@gardeningforhealth.org.uk.

Note that all activities in the garden are subject to some basic rules:

  1. public access to the garden must still be possible - the garden cannot be closed for private events
  2. although you may ask for charitable donations, you cannot charge for access
  3. the garden is meant to be relatively peaceful, so no loud, amplified music for example.

Summer Activity Programme at the Lamb and Leechwell Gardens

See here for details of the summer programme of activities.

Volunteer Sessions - 2013 Spring and Summer programme

Gardening sessions for volunteers will take place from 10am - 12 noon on the first Monday of each month, starting in March. Details here and on the notice board at the entrance to the garden.

Leechwell Walks

Shirley Prendergast who is co-ordinating the application for Scheduled Monument Consent for repairs to the pool, is offering two fundraising walks/talks on the history of the Leechwell area. See here for details.

The Art of Leechwell Garden

On Sunday 16th October 2011 we held an event in the garden celebrating its first anniversary. The highlight was the unveiling of Rosie Musgrave's "Three Guardians" sculpture. This film featuring the event was produced by Emma Goude for the LGA and Totnes Development Trust.

Access

Leechwell Garden Association and Totnes Development Trust would like to let all users of Leechwell Garden know that there is, as yet, no agreement on access via Heath Way. For the moment the garden has just two entrances - the main entrance from the Heath Way car park and the side entrance from the footpath to the Leechwell. We are working with all parties concerned to try to resolve the issue, and would ask the community as a whole both to continue to be patient, and to support our efforts on your behalf.

Management and maintenance of Leechwell Garden are the responsibility of South Hams District Council. If you have any queries, comments or complaints, can you please address them to Ross Kennerley at ross.kennerley@southhams.gov.uk or on 01803 861234

About the LGA

The Leechwell Garden forms part of the Southern Area of Totnes, which until recently was open space devoted to horticulture. In the 1980's South Hams District Council acquired most of the land, built a road linking the top of the town with the Plains and began planning how to develop the area. Over the next twenty years several plans were produced but none were taken further.

In 2003 a local community organisation (Save Our Space, later Design Our Space) was formed to oppose the latest SHDC development plan for the area. The result was a community-generated plan for the area which involved building on four sites and creating a new public open space - the Leechwell Garden.

Funding for the initial development of the garden (some £150,000) was being provided by SHDC and Midas. In addition, DOS transferred the bulk of its remaining funds (£400 approx) to the LGA. The LGA applied for and was granted a £50,000 grant from Community Spaces. You can see all the application documents we have produced here. These funds are held in a special account maintained by the Totnes Development Trust, a local charitable organisation whose ex-chairman, Ed Vidler, is the treasurer of the LGA.


You can find out more about various aspects of the LGA by clicking on the headings at the top of the page. Click here for how you can help.

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