Welcome to the Forgotten Garden of Lewtrenchard
A Woodland Delight
Nestling serenely in the secluded Lew valley, in the heart of the Devon countryside, is a small wooded area known as the Forgotten Garden of Lewtrenchard. It is not a formal garden, but rather a delightful area of mixed woodland which changes its character with the evolving seasons. Take a stroll along the paths and tracks at any time of the year to experience its many faces; spring flowers, summer meadow, autumn colours and winter in all its starkness.
It was formally established as a managed feature over a hundred years ago, although its roots stretch back over the centuries. Sabine Baring-Gould, who inherited the Lewtrenchard estate in the late nineteenth century, was a character of note.
A brief note: the Garden is operated by volunteers for your enjoyment.
Local squire and parson, historian, antiquarian, folk song collector, he was inspired by the local countryside to write nearly two hundred books, from pot-boilers to potted histories; he also had a hand in a hymn or two. In 1913 he established a special woodland glade near his manor home for his poorly wife, Grace, to enjoy. Having fallen into a state of neglect soon after, it was “re-discovered” a few years ago, and is being developed as a special place for local people and visitors to share.
The development project has, so far, involved a great deal of clearing, planting, rebuilding features (such as several bridges, the waterfall and the ancient Holy Well) and improving access. The work is on-going, with future activity including improvements in the Glen and, when funds allow, the restoration of several farm buildings by the roadside. We always welcome ideas and help from visitors. If you wish to make a donation to help us continue the project, please contact our Treasurer or any committee member.