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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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Children's Book Festival July 11th - 14th

We had two days of workshops for primary schools (Thursday 11th and Friday 12th) and two festival days for families (Saturday 13th and Sunday 14th) which involved workshops, talks, events and shows!



Oaks and Acorns - August Sessions

Buckfast Abbey is 'branching' out with a series of sessions for grandparents and toddlers. 10:30am to 12pm These sessions are FREE, however Booking 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.

Exhibition of Weaving, Spinning and Dyeing

Exhibition of Weaving, Spinning and Dyeing 10am to 5pm Friday 23rd to Monday 26th August 2019 FREE Entry

Bank Holiday Organ Recital: Mark James & Alberto Brigandì

A rare opportunity to hear Verdi's masterful Requiem performed in this version for two organists (four hands and four feet!)