Britain in bloom: The Priory raises £2,000 for charity

Diary posted

14th July 2016

Talented horticulturists at The Priory raised over £2,000 for good causes and had a lot of fun in the process, when over 250 visitors flocked to see our stunning gardens.

Teresa Baverstock, Ursula Hunt and a number of other residents have spent years tirelessly beautifying our retirement village’s five acres of grounds, cultivating a range of stunning plants and sprucing up outdoor areas.

This culminated earlier this month when we took part in the National Garden Scheme (NGS), opening our gardens to the public for two consecutive days.

Over 30 Priory residents pitched in, with some showing people round and others manning stands selling tea, coffee, homemade cakes and potted plants.

Visitors could buy greeting cards featuring a painting by village resident Sandra Braznell and history books about The Priory, a listed former nunnery built in the 19th century.

In total Teresa, Ursula and their team raised £2,014. Of this £1,519 will be donated to the NGS, which supports nursing and care charities by opening outstanding gardens such as The Priory’s to the public. The remaining £495 will go towards maintenance work being carried out at The Priory.

You can hear Ursula talking about the open days on BBC Radio Devon by visiting