Dartmouth Green Partnerships
Charity No.1164582 Enhancing the beauty of Dartmouth with floral displays and sustainable planting
Dartmouth Green Partnerships is a charity run by volunteers which creates and looks after many floral displays and green spaces in Dartmouth. See our blogs for the latest updates.
See our Portfolio for 2023 for lots of information about us and pics of our work. DGP portfolio 2023
The Dartmouth Community Garden on the riverfront at the junction with Mayor’s Avenue is the site of the new Dartmouth Community Greenhouse (above), erected in August 2022 after 7 years of fundraising and officially opened in October 2022. It is the heart of our operations where we hold events for people to gain horticultural knowledge and skills and we aim for it to become a Centre of Horticultural Excellence. The greenhouse won the West Country TV Award for an Outstanding Specific Project in the RHS awards.
We look after the Dartmouth Community Garden along the riverfront with its potager of raised beds of vegetables and flowers, and Mediterranean beds where the emphasis is on sustainable planting. We have also created a Mayflower rose bed.
We plant the displays each year in troughs, containers and floral boats along the riverfront. We order plants from local growers in October and take delivery in May. We plant seeds in the greenhouse and raise some plants from plugs. They are paid for by funds we raise through sponsors.
Our colour theme in 2023 is Devon Cream Teas, and our plants are cream, white, pink and red, starting with tulips. In 2022 we used four new planters donated to us by South Hams District Council for special Platinum Jubilee displays.
We plant around 50 hanging baskets in the town during the summer, mainly around the Boat Float. The Brownies helped us to plant us plant these up in 2022 for the first time since Covid. It was one of the wettest days of Spring! We will be planting our 2023 baskets with the Brownies later in May.
We plant the baskets along the Butterwalk and the 2-tier planter there, plus the troughs and baskets around the Boat Float. We also plant the troughs and containers along the North and South Embankments, Newcomen Road and in Bayard’s Cove, creating our Floral Walk for all to enjoy. In 2022 we added many more troughs along the riverfront, totalling around 60.
We also look after the Anchor Bed at the bottom of College Way, the Welcome beds and boats at the top of town, the corner beds of Coronation Park by the Boat Park and the Higher Ferry and the floral boat, plus the capstan beds on the South Embankment. There are daffodils and winter displays including cyclamen followed by tulips and summer planting.