June 2014

For our meeting on 2nd June we organised an outing for 20 guests, carers and volunteers to Arundell garden at West Pentire, where David and Brenda Eyles gave us a warm welcome. We were joined by Cllr. Lisa Shuttlewood for a tour of the garden where David gave a vivid account of its creation over 40 years. Thanks to his vision, energy and commitment he has created a tropical mini paradise in a most unpromising situation. In a headland location salt laden gales can destroy vulnerable plants but, by creating effective wind breaks with bamboo and other plants, David has created a wonderland of sheltered meandering paths, themed displays as well as finding space for ponds, waterfalls and a vegetable plot.

After the tour the party adjourned to the conservatory for tea, splits and cream and cakes and biscuits organised by Brenda and our volunteers. We thanked David and Brenda for a wonderful afternoon and also for arranging for the morning’s rain to stop just in time for our visit.