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.

Easter Opening for Visitors’ Tea Room

February 19, 2024
From Easter onwards at Stone Lane Gardens Tea Room and the Tea Garden, we look forward to welcoming our Gardens visitors and offering light refreshments and Devon Cream Teas. Our intention is to open between 11am and 4pm on the five days of the week that the Gardens are open to the public, from T...

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...

Job Opportunity – Office

January 10, 2024
Operations Administrator A great opportunity has arisen to join the small and friendly team at Stone Lane Gardens as a part-time Operations Administrator. Reporting to the Trustees, this varied and critical role will see the successful candidate involved in many aspects of the Charity’s developin...

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...

Our Seasonal Tea Room – now closed until 2024

September 23, 2023
Our seasonal tea room and tea garden, which opened at weekends from Easter for the summer months, is now closed until next year. However, on two Saturdays, 7 and 14 October, the tea room will be open for National Open Gardens Scheme visitors when all profits will go to charity. By arrangement, du...

“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...

AS YOU LIKE IT – Limited tickets left!

August 11, 2023
Only a limited number of tickets are left for Shakespeare’s AS YOU LIKE IT outdoor performance, by the ever popular Three Inch Fools touring theatre company, on Wednesday, 23 August at Stone Lane Gardens, so buy before it’s too late. Bring a picnic, a chair and dress for the weather o...

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...

TEA ROOM VOLUNTEERS

May 11, 2023
We are looking for volunteers to help out in our garden tea room at weekends during the summer until the end of September, on Fridays, Saturdays or on Sundays. The hours are from 11.30am till 4.30pm with some flexibility. Whether you have any experience of serving teas or not, we would be pleased...

MUSIC FEST 2023

May 10, 2023
Stone Lane Gardens informal annual Music Fest fundraiser event has been planned this year for the afternoon of Sunday, 23 July. Starting at 12 noon and continuing until 6pm, a full line up of local musicians of all kinds will provide entertainment in our Hay Barn, a working agricultural barn, wha...

STARDUST – Outdoor Cinema

May 2, 2023
13 SEPTEMBER is the evening of Stone Lane Garden’s first venture into Outdoor Cinema as a fundraiser for the Gardens. Rated PG, ‘STARDUST’ the glorious fantastical adventure directed by Matthew Vaughn, staring Michele Pfeiffer, Robert De Niro and Claire Danes, with Ricky Gervais...

SUMMER SCULPTURE SHOW 2023

March 27, 2023
Stone Lane Gardens Sculpture Exhibition will open to the public on 1 June 2023. The theme this year is ‘Sense of Place’ which reflects upon the relationship between sculpture and the lived experience of place. With its Dartmoor backdrop, the exhibition presents a dialogue between arti...

SHAKESPEARE AT THE GARDENS IN AUGUST

January 18, 2023
For 2023 our outdoor Shakespeare presentation, from ever popular The Three Inch Fools touring theatre company, is AS YOU LIKE IT. Put Wednesday 23 August in your diary and dust off your deckchair and picnic basket. Tickets are available to purchase from our web site shop / tickets.

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...

Twelfth Night – tickets selling fast

July 13, 2022
Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night is our touring theatre company’s outdoor presentation on Wednesday, 24 August 2022. Tickets are selling fast via the Stone Lane Gardens web site www.stonelanegardens.com>tickets, and at Sally’s Newsagents, Chagford. Tickets are limited in number, s...

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...

*** MUSIC FEST 2022 ***

June 6, 2022
Stone Lane Gardens Music Fest will take place on Sunday 26 June this year, from 12 noon till 6pm. It is an open air event. Appearing this year will be local acts: Not the Dooleys – original folk Dartmoor Harmony – lovely vocal harmony Crossing Boarders – Trio Country Style Of St...

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 vendelectric.com for details. Download the VendElectric App to use and to find out about availability and payment prior to your visit.

TWELFTH NIGHT – tickets go on sale

November 15, 2021
Tickets at all prices are now available for Shakespeare’s TWELFTH NIGHT performed outdoors by The Three Inch Fools touring theatre company on Wednesday 24 August 2022 at 7pm. Bring a seat or a rug and a picnic. Dress for the weather forecast on the day. Tickets are non-returnable. Adult sin...

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...

CORONAVIRUS: GARDENS

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 peter@beesindevon.co.uk. Experience would be useful, but is not necessary. www.beesindevon.co.uk

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:

Stone Lane Gardens adds a ‘Silent Space’

June 26, 2017
We have now partnered with Silentspace.org.uk to bring a very contemplative area to the garden. From now on, every weekend we reserve a secluded area of the garden where visitors can ejoy being silent without distraction. This area can be found by following the left hand path in the garden down p...