Sherlock & Watson – TICKETS ON SALE

May 10, 2024
Tickets are now on sale from our website SHOP for SHERLOCK & WATSON: A MURDER IN THE GARDEN, to be performed by professional theatre company Calf2Cow on the evening of Saturday, 8 June outdoors in our grass amphitheatre. Bring a seat and a picnic (gates open 6pm) and enjoy and evening of mayh...

Assistant Gardener job vacancy

April 25, 2024
Assistant Gardener required – CLOSING DATE 31st MAY 2024 Stone Lane Gardens are looking for an enthusiastic, outdoor-loving person to join our organisation as an assistant gardener. Stone Lane Gardens is a woodland and water garden that is open to the public all year round, with a summer sc...

Shakespeare at the Gardens – ‘The Comedy of Errors’

April 9, 2024
On Wednesday, 14 August at 7pm our Shakespeare presentation for this year will be ‘The Comedy of Errors’, staged in their usual hilarious manner by our regular and ever popular touring theatre company, The Three Inch Fools.  – “A hungry lean-faced villain, A mere anatomy.&...


March 29, 2024
Stone Lane Gardens Tea Room & Tea Garden is ready to welcome all our visitors from 11am till 4pm, on Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday and Monday (closed Tuesday and Wednesday) every week until mid-September. Fabulous Devon Cream Teas are a highlight, along with a delicious Savoury Tea, and ...

Sherlock & Watson at Stone Lane Gardens – 8 June

March 13, 2024
‘Sherlock & Watson: A Murder in the Garden’ is a new comedy production by professional travelling theatre company, Calf2Cow. Well-known around the West Country and beyond, we are delighted that Calf2Cow will present their latest thrilling play at Stone Lane Gardens on Saturday 8 J...

New team member

February 28, 2024
The Trustees of Stone Lane Gardens are delighted to welcome on board our new team member, Ella. Ella will be working in our office helping us with administration. She will be at the Gardens on Mondays from 10am till 5pm.

The garden is open again!

February 1, 2024
We are pleased to allow visitors to the garden once again, now that we have cleared up the recent storm damage. Winter is a lovely time to see the birch bark and the attractive skeletal structure of the trees. Some of our Alders are already producing a display of catkins, and the snowdrops are a ...

Gardens open five days a week

January 18, 2024
The Gardens are now open to the public on five days of the week, Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday and Monday, all year round from 10am till 6pm or sundown in winter. On the two days of the week when the Gardens are closed to the public, Tuesday and Wednesday, a certain amount of sometimes noisy...

SEAMOOR LOTTO – £500 raised for the Gardens

December 8, 2023
We have reached a milestone in our local charity lottery fundraising. Through lotto ticket sales Stone Lane Gardens (charity no. 1141252) has benefited to date to the tune of £500. Seamoor Lotto is an initiative of West Devon Borough Council to benefit local charities. Thank you to all our suppor...

Chagford Conservation Group at the Gardens

November 3, 2023
On Wednesday morning, 1 November, Chagford Conservation Group members visited the Gardens to work on a project planting more trees in the new arboretum. The volunteers managed to put in a large number of rare New Zealand conifers to add to the collection of newly planted birch and alder on the sl...

Events Summer 2024

September 25, 2023
Events for summer 2024 include our ever popular annual Music Fest featuring local musicians and singers, and a return visit from a national touring theatre company who will, to everyone’s delight, present an outdoor play in our wildflower meadow amphitheatre. So, roll on summer, dust off yo...

“What a fantastic night!” AS YOU LIKE IT, another hit show

August 26, 2023
“Thank you for booking these amazing Guys again and for all the effort, expertise and sheer graft of the volunteers who contributed to the success of the evening” – was one comment from an audience member after seeing our latest Shakespeare play AS YOU LIKE IT, produced and acte...

How About a Bench?

August 2, 2023
Whether you have something to celebrate or someone to commemorate, how about dedicating a beautiful, locally made, wood bench at the Gardens? Or, sponsor one just for you. Your new bench will be placed in our Gardens, meadows or woods for you and our visitors to use all year round. Your purchase ...

Ways to Support Stone Lane Gardens

July 27, 2023
We have recently published two pages on our website which offer ways to support Stone Lane Gardens. Please visit our Dedicate a Bench page. There is also an opportunity to donate a day of training for out Assistant Gardener.

RSPB at the Gardens Friday, 28 July

July 24, 2023
The Royal Society for the Protection of Birds (RSPB) is coming to Stone Lane Gardens for the day on Friday, 28 July. The RSPB will bring a display tent and plenty of literature to both inform and entertain. Their experts will be at the Gardens to answer your birding questions and to promote the w...

The Mail on Sunday – the Gardens are top of the list

December 12, 2022
The Mail on Sunday newspaper’s Gardens expert, Martin Cox, has written a Gardens page headlined ‘The gardens to warm up your winter’ (4 December, p.81). Top of the list of “10 of the best” is Stone Lane Gardens. Martin says, “This is one of the most atmospheric...

SeaMoor Lotto – Win cash and prizes!

November 23, 2022
Stone Lane Gardens is on the charity register of West Devon Borough Council which runs Seamoor Lotto to fundraise for various charities in the borough. To both benefit Stone Lane Gardens and have a chance of winning, use the QR below by reading it with your mobile phone. Lottery tickets cost just...

Twelfth Night – “What a magical evening!”

August 26, 2022
The overflow car park was full to the brim and at Stone Lane Gardens on Wednesday night Shakespeare’s ‘Twelfth Night’ was a sell out! An enthusiastic and appreciative audience of over 260 outdoor theatre goers enjoyed the return of the  Three Inch Fools touring company for their...

Caradon Granite and Mike Blow together make a show of it

July 2, 2022
Unveiled at the Private View of the Stone Lane Gardens Annual Sculpture Show yesterday, was Mike Blow’s granite sculpture entitled ‘Mycelium connection / Please take off your shoes’. Mike was the worthy winner of the Stone Lane Gardens competition to carve the Caradon Granite mo...

Deborah Harrison wins the Ashburner Prize 2022

July 2, 2022
Sculptor Deborah Harrison has won the much coveted Ashburner Prize for sculpture, generously sponsored by Caradon Granite, at Stone Lane Gardens this year. At a ceremony held  last night, Sir Tim Smit (Eden Project and The Lost Gardens of Heligan) presented the prestigious Ashburner Prize, worth ...

Music Fest 2022 – a great success

June 27, 2022
On Sunday afternoon, 26 June, some of the very best of our local musicians and singers kindly donated their time and talent in aid of Stone Lane Gardens, enabling the Gardens to remain open every day of the year to visitors.  The trustees of Stone Lane Gardens would like to thank our volunteers f...

Sir Tim Smit at Stone Lane Gardens in July

May 3, 2022
Sir Tim Smit is set to announce the winner of the 2022 Ashburner Prize at Stone Lane Gardens on 1st July.  Sir Tim has kindly agreed to ‘cut the ribbon’ to open the annual sculpture exhibition and help raise our profile with a Press and PR tour at 3pm. Stone Lane Garden Friends and sc...

Chagford Conservation Group shift a shed

February 16, 2022
Many thanks to the 13 members of the Chagford Conservation Group who turned out today to help Paul Bartlett, gardens manager, move “The Shed” from the tea garden to its new, more appropriate, location where it can be put to good use as a wood store. The shed was originally sited insid...

Open Call to carve Cornish Granite

February 15, 2022
Open call – to carve or work with a large piece of Cornish granite.  Call closes  1200 15th March 2022 SPONSOR: Caradon Granite, Lantoom Quarry, Cornwall Applications are invited from sculptors or installation artists to carve or work with a piece of Cornish granite weighing approximately 1.5 ton...

Electric Vehicle (EV) Charging Point

January 26, 2022
An electric vehicle charging point is available in the farmyard at Stone Lane Gardens. Go to for details. Download the VendElectric App to use and to find out about availability and payment prior to your visit.

TWELFTH NIGHT in August 2022

October 29, 2021
The trustees of Stone Lane Gardens are pleased to announce that The Three Inch Fools touring theatre company, who have so successfully performed at Stone Lane Gardens on three previous occasions, have been engaged to perform Shakespeare’s ‘Twelfth Night’ outdoors on Wednesday, 2...

The Seed is Sown – Wildflower Meadows at Stone Lane Gardens

September 19, 2021
Last Friday, 17 September 2021, saw trustees and some of our team of Gardens volunteers out in the fields, known as June’s Meadow and Kenneth’s Meadow, sowing by hand on specially prepared land, seeds which will generate wildflower meadows for visitors to enjoy in years to come. We ar...

Major Tripadvisor Award for Gardens

August 21, 2021
Stone Lane Gardens has won the Tripadvisor 2021 Travellers’ Choice Award, meaning that the Gardens are in the top 10% of World-wide attractions that constantly deliver fantastic experiences to travellers around the Globe. The Garden earned consistently positive reviews and ratings, often 5 ...

Chagford Conservation Group help at the Gardens

July 21, 2021
Chagford Conservation Group was at Stone Lane Gardens today to help gardens manager Paul Bartlett with some very necessary thistle pulling in the new plantation. Since the contract ended with a local farmer to graze sheep in the field now known as Kenneth’s Meadow, thistles have taken over ...

Car charge – all electric!

July 15, 2021
Stone Lane Gardens, thanks to a government grant, has been able to install an electric car charging point mainly for the use of staff, volunteers and trustees. Two electric cars can be charged up at the same time. The power is supplied, in the most part, from our own solar array. Electric car own...

A brilliant, brilliant evening!

July 9, 2021
“What a brilliant, brilliant evening” was just one comment from an audience member who came to see the production ROBIN HOOD last night at Stone Lane Gardens. The Three Inch Fools theatre company really excelled themselves and left the audience in awe of their acting skills, comic tim...

Devon Life – in print

July 1, 2021
The latest edition of Devon Life magazine ‘Summer Special 2021’, published this month (July), contains a double page spread by Abigail Leighton-Boyce describing the concept of the show and complimenting change-maker Nick Parker on our Summer Sculpture Exhibition and its regeneration. ...

Black Sheep Art

June 24, 2021
Nicola Turner, this year’s Ashburner Prize winner, has used part of her prize money to buy up 23 Black Sheep fleeces, advertised locally on Facebook, for her studio work. Sadly these days, farmers are struggling as sheep wool has almost no value. But for Nicola, and a local sheep farmer, it...

Wild Flower Meadow opens at Stone Lane Gardens

May 29, 2021
The field known as June’s Meadow, which up until this year was just a grassy sheep pasture, is now open to Gardens visitors. The entrance is near the Tea Room and by following a winding path, mown through the flowers which have appeared in the absence of sheep, a spectacular view of Dartmoo...

Jacobs Sheep at the Gardens

May 16, 2021
Some new, self-powered, lawn mowers arrived at Stone Lane Gardens this week and have started their important new  job in Easter Wood.

ROBIN HOOD – Theatre in the Trees

April 5, 2021
Robin Hood, Robin Hood, riding through the trees! Thursday, 8 July is the evening when our wonderful professional travelling theatre company, The Three Inch Fools, will be staging its next open air production at Stone Lane Gardens. ROBIN HOOD promises to be a gloriously light-hearted and fun-pack...

Shakespeare’s “The Merry Wives of Windsor” – tickets

March 17, 2021
Tickets are available for the outdoor performance on Sunday 15 August of “The Merry Wives of Windsor” from our on line shop. Tickets are purchasable in advance only and are non-returnable. See performance details listed under Upcoming Events.  

Greater Dartmoor Leaf Grant Application – Success!

February 15, 2021
Greater Dartmoor LEAF Greater Dartmoor Local Enterprise Action Fund 2015 – 2020 Update:  Our bid has been successful.  Thank you LEAF. The LEAF programme has successfully allocated all available funds and and is now currently closed to applications. It may reopen if further funds become ava...

Our honey bees enjoy Phacelia in the nursery

June 18, 2020
In June, Phacelia not only looks lovely in between the young saplings in the tree nursery, but is useful as well. It is planted as a ‘Green Manure’ crop and the honey bees from our hives buzz happily among the purple flowers ready to make their honey.

New Tea Room to Open

May 17, 2020
The trustees of Stone Lane Gardens are pleased to announce that Planning Permission has been granted by the Dartmoor National Park Authority for a Tea Room for garden visitors. The Tea Room will be situated in an old barn and will serve tea, coffee, cakes and cream teas. Details about opening tim...


March 21, 2020
The Corona Virus situation can change very quickly. Please check the current government guidelines before you set out to visit the garden. For your own safety and the safety of others, please follow all Coronavirus government health guidelines and restrictions.  If the government criteria allow y...

Volunteers give helping hands at Stone Lane

February 26, 2020
A new mixed broad-leaf Devon hedge was planted today at Stone Lane, by the brilliant volunteers of Chagford Conservation Group. In due course, the hedge will provide good habitat and become an effective screen between the Gardens’ land and our neighbour’s buildings. Stone Lane Gardens...

Beekeeper’s Apprentice Wanted

July 24, 2019
Our beehives are owned by Blackaller Bees and maintained by Peter Hunt. Peter would welcome an apprentice to assist him. If you are interested in beekeeping, please contact Experience would be useful, but is not necessary.

RHS Partner Garden: Stone Lane Gardens

January 30, 2019
The trustees of Stone Lane Gardens are delighted to announce that the Garden has become and RHS Partner Garden. Stone Lane is the only Royal Horticultural Society Partner Garden within the Dartmoor National park and is just 25 miles from RHS Garden Rosemoor. Holders of RHS membership cards are we...

Win £25,000 – Stone Lane Gardens joins the local Lottery

December 3, 2018
Stone Lane Gardens has become a beneficiary charity of the local lottery, set up by South Hams District and West Devon Borough Councils, SeaMoor Lotto. Tickets cost just £1. Every week the top prize is £25,000 with lots of other lovely prizes on offer to enjoy too. Simply go to www.seamoorlotto.c...

Virtual garden tour

August 22, 2017
Click here to see a short video of Stone Lane Gardens.

Radio Devon interview – Toby Buckland talks to our Garden Manager

August 14, 2017
On Sunday 6th August, Radio Devon presenter Toby Buckland talked to our Garden Manager on his Gardening programme. You can hear the recording on our Youtube channel below: