There are many projects which attract funding in their own right, the Middleham Gardens project has received grants from the North Devon and West Somerset Flood Relief Fund and Hollerday Hill and Valley of Rocks is funded through an ESA agreement from English Nature and Defra as a SSSI. The ‘Blue Plaque Scheme’ again has tempted some businesses to give that little bit extra. Local individuals volunteer their services, regularly deadheading baskets, weeding beds & helping with planting and in partnership with Exmoor National Park Authority and the National Trust, volunteers are available to us to help with forestry clearance and general management. This year we have had to replace the seven three tier stands which decorate the front of the town hall and together with a member of the community our council workforce did an excellent job producing very individual containers.
Our most ambitious projects over the last 5 years have been involved in the introduction of watering systems throughout both villages. The small amount of water used by these systems reduces water use by a huge amount but we are extremely lucky to have two lovely rivers in Lynmouth and underground watercourses in Lynton. For years these rivers have been used to irrigate the Manor Green in Lynmouth where we have two putting greens and water is taken from underground for our bowling greens in Lynton.
We were delighted when our council workforce helped us to extend these systems so providing river water for the bulk of our displays. The underground rivers flowing through Lynton from the Valley of Rocks are also used to fuel our Cliff Railway and hence water all their displays as well.
Lyn in Bloom
Lyn in Bloom” works with the Town Council who this year have allocated a grant of £3,500 from agency and Town Council funds. This money is then used for floral displays and permanent beds. NDDC supports us with a generous grant and also “Lyn in Bloom” raises money from donations and sponsorship of baskets and displays by businesses, residents and local organisations. The committee organises an ‘Open Gardens’ day when up to 15 gardens in the parish open to the public and become the ‘Lynton and Lynmouth Garden Trail’. Raffles and bring and buy stalls are to be found at many local events and also at our presentation evening in October.