Sidmouth’s very own secret garden is a step closer to being restored after 12 volunteers from the Friends of Glen Goyle gathered to begin work earlier in June.

The garden sits in former Victorian parkland in the Manor Road area, which was once home to many beautiful plants and trees but has since become neglected and overgrown. The first working party event began with an introduction by Paul Fealey, Horticultural Technical Officer with East Devon District Council, discussing the state of the plants along the stretch of the Glen. The group then set to work clearing overgrown areas of ivy and brambles.  

The group was set up last year to look after the site and explore its heritage and will be meeting every Thursday morning from 10am to 12.30pm at the entrance to the garden on Manor Road, anyone who would like to join in is welcome to attend and tools will be provided.

Find out more about the group and their progress with the garden at