To celebrate the upcoming Royal Wedding the residents at The Priory held a small ceremony and planted a new cork oak in their woodland on a sunny but very windy day!
The original Manor House was once owned by Charles Braine, a botanist who brought many plants across from the East. As a consequence there are some unusual plants in the grounds, one of which is a huge cork bark oak tree.
St George’s Day was celebrated with the decoration of Hootie McTootie, the village pinecone owl. The owl was made for a previous event in Abbotskerswell that asked for an outdoor decorated owl – in fact a whole family was made out of cones! Hootie was the main centrepiece of the family and he’s now decorated in some way for every famous day!
The residents are also getting the grounds ready for their opening in aid of the National Gardens Scheme at the end of June. There is a chapel in the woods and they are starting to create a garden around it. Many enjoy working in the garden themselves and those that are unable to often generously donate money so that a local gardener can be employed to help for a few days for this specific event.
Sandra Braznell village resident said: “Teresa Baverstock, the Chair of the Residents Association is a very keen, and knowledgeable gardener, and with her skill and determination we do very well.
“We are a small village by Retirement Villages standards, with only 43 apartments and cottages and ten nonagenarians! We all work hard to make this a place we love.”