Pocket Park

Ambitious plans are now underway to transform the gallery's front area into a community garden, rich in biodiversity. We have now developed a new garden thriving with local wildflowers and fruit trees, and interactive areas for families, with bug hotels, live willow archways and edible plants.

The new-look Wild Art garden also features raised vegetable beds for green-fingered groups and ‘peaceful seating spaces’ for visitors to enjoy the space. It has been designed by artist Anna Wardrop. Her portfolio includes gardens for Shoreditch House and River Café in London, as well as other UK wildlife gardens.

The Wild Art garden has also been successfully designated as a ‘Pocket Park’, one of 87 created nationally by the government. The garden regeneration project has been entirely externally funded by grants from the government, local charitable trusts as well as private donations.

We plan to expand our learning programme into the outside space and deliver a fun-packed programme of family workshops.

To celebrate the new development of the garden, THG launched two exhibitions exploring the secret world of soil : Soil Culture : Young Shoots (27 February – 9 April) and Soil Culture : Casting seeds (16 April - 21 May)

The inauguration of the Pocket Park took place on Friday 13 May with a Garden Party - an exciting evening of workshops, music, food and drink, coordinating with the national Museums At Night festival -  Garden party photos

If you are interested in donating to this project or volunteering, please contact Emma Molony / emolony@eastdevon.gov.uk. We still need funds to help towards planting, seating, activities and workshops.