Bioblitz Update

Bioblitz 2We now have more details of the activities that will take place during the 24 hour Bioblitz on Friday and Saturday this week and how YOU can get involved. Whether it’s by bringing pictures or specimens on unknown species for identification; providing data on the flora and fauna in your garden; or taking part in one of the guided walks, there’s loads going on to interest children and adults alike.

See all the details by clicking here. See you in the marquee on Friday and Saturday.


Open Gardens Update

Gardens 3 (2)The weather forecast for the weekend is very promising – a great weekend to visit ten gardens in Chudleigh. They are all looking wonderful, and their keepers are looking forward to meeting you! For the best value lunch in Devon, make sure you visit Woodlands (see menu here), while cream teas are available at several gardens, including The Appleloft (Saturday), Woodlands (both days), Watercress Farm (Sunday) and Oakfield Coach House (Sunday).

Tickets at just £5 are valid for both days and take you into all ten gardens. And if you want to get the kids interested in gardening, remember that under-16s go in for free.

Note these recent programme updates:

The Rock Garden is open, but is not going to be manned and will NOT be selling tickets.  Tickets can be obtained at the Chudfest Box Office on Saturday morning, or on the gate at all the gardens apart from the Rock Garden.

Oakfield Coach House will be open on both Saturday and Sunday, although the cream tea will only be served on Sunday afternoon.

We’re On Our Way

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The competition to design the cover for this year’s Chudfest brochure is now closed. Many thanks to everyone who entered; we will be announcing the winner very shortly. The brochure is currently being prepared and will be with you towards the end of next month.

And in the meantime, the Save the Date leaflet is being delivered to all the houses in town over the next few days. This is your chance to see what’s on the programme and get the key dates in your diaries. We’ve got some exciting new events coming up, plus a whole load of old favourites (and I don’t just mean the Committee Members!).

It may not seem like it, especially when we’re being battered by wind and rain, but summer’s just around the corner. You are going to hear a lot more from us over the next three months. Here’s to another great Summer Festival.

Produce Show Best Yet

Yesterday’s produce show was the most successful to date in terms of numbers of entries, up from 150 last year to well over 200 this year. We even had to add more tables as late-comers arrived with bags, trays and boxes of garden produce and baked goods.

If you want to hear about successes in individual classes, you only have to look at FaceBook; it’s alive this morning with pictures of fruit, vegetables and cakes plus the resulting certificates. But this year’s  winners in the different sections were as follows:

(From left) Petrina Frost, Beryl Parkes, Mayor Richard Keeling, Evelyn Marsden, Vicky Macnair

(From left) Petrina Frost, Beryl Parkes, Mayor Richard Keeling, Evelyn Marsden, Vicky Macnair


Children’s Classes: Henry Funnell

Vegetables and Fruit: Beryl Parkes

Kitchen Produce: Vicky Macnair

Eggs: Petrina Frost

Flowers: Ian Gill

Floral Art: Evelyn Marsden

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Beryl Parkes (above) took the title of overall winner. And in a new initiative this year, David Luxton (below, right) won the prize for the best kept allotment.

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Thanks to everyone who entered and congratulations to all the winners. See you all next year.