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Buckfast Abbey Millennium Show Garden

Buckfast Abbey celebrates its millennium year in 2018, a thousand years of having a monastery on the site. It has opened up a host of creative opportunities for the Garden Department.

The Garden Department are planting bulbs, running courses for adults and children, planting new schemes and conducting garden tours. There are so many things going on here and this is just one of our ways to celebrate the 1,000 years of beauty and tranquillity here at Buckfast Abbey - our vision for a reflective and beautiful garden for all to enjoy.

The Millennium Show Garden

Designed by Maia Hall and supported by Head Gardener Aaron Southgate, to represent the view looking out from the monastery window, catching site of the magnificent stag through the silver birches. Featuring a central arched window framing the stag drinking from the pool - a representation of the Abbey’s logo.

Naturalistic planting, sculptural stumps and the use of logs to create a rustic wall all reflect the lifecycle in our adjacent woodlands. The balance of life and death, creativity and growth are all represented by the interweaving of planting and deadwood structures. This is accentuated by the sinuous deadwood branches used to cap the log wall.
We aim to show how the formality and beauty of religion live in harmony with the beautiful valley the monks have chosen to inhabit. The meandering silvery pathway is reminiscent of a river bed or holy walk. The log seating is for quiet reflection, meditation and prayer.
Clipped hornbeam hedges define the garden space. Our colour scheme is strictly green and white with touches of blue to enhance the tranquil ambience. The Buckfast Abbey Millennium Show Garden is about balance, space, peacefulness, rejuvenation and authenticity. 

For more on the Buckfast Millennium Show Garden, please see the RHS Malvern website >>HERE<<

About Buckfast Abbey Gardens

At Buckfast Abbey we are nestled into the Devon countryside and treat it with care and integrity as custodians of the future. We follow an organic and ecologically sensitive policy on the gardens.
We create our own compost, mulch-mow our lawns for self feeding, make compost tea and use biological approaches to pest control.
All these are ways to enhance and preserve our natural environment for the glory of the Creator, for mankind and the future.
Aaron, the head gardener, conducts tours of the Abbey grounds and is available to give talks about this ethos and approach.

Telephone: 01364 645507
See our website for upcoming events:
www.buckfast.org.uk/whats-on

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St Mary's Catholic School new 'Well-being' Garden, blessed by Fr Francis

The Well-being Garden was blessed by Father Francis Superior of the Abbey Monastery, the garden was designed & built by the abbey garden department. The idea was to provide an area of peace and stillness in a busy school day.



Oaks and Acorns

Please note that the session on the 18th June has been cancelled. Apologies for any inconvenience that this may cause. Buckfast Abbey is 'branching' out with a series of sessions for grandparents and toddlers. 10:30am to 12pm £2.50 per child (for children aged 2-5) - Grandparents FREE! (only pay for childrens tickets during booking) Book is essential
Book now or call 01364 645517 to reserve your space and pay on the day. 'Oaks and Acorns' makes the most of the glorious setting and great facilities on offer at the Abbey and makes for a fun filled morning for the young and young at heart alike. With the hands on help of our experienced Education team, toddlers and grandparents will have the opportunity to get stuck into a wide variety of activities from getting their fingers green in the gardens, to exploring shape and colour through the windows and artwork on show in the Abbey Church. Each session involves storytelling, exploration, messy making and much more.

Run to the Son 2019

Run to The Son, event for Prayer and Mission Sat 22nd & Sun 23rd Bookings are closed for the full weekend, we are now offering a day rate to include workshops through the Saturday afternoon, BBQ supper, all night prayer vigil and a dawn Mass with Bishop Mark.

Peter’s Creative Floristry June 2019

June Wed 26th 2.30pm Peter’s Creative Floristry. Techniques for making hand posies. There will be a demonstration and the opportunity to create your own posy. Includes wrapping materials. £15 pp