Sir Tim Smit at Stone Lane Gardens in July

May 3, 2022
Sir Tim Smit is set to open the Ashburner Prize sculpture exhibition at Stone Lane Gardens to the public on 1st July at 3pm. The prestigious exhibition will showcase the South West’s emerging artists and will be open to visitors until October 31st. Located, near Chagford, Devon, only minutes from...

Stone Lane Gardens ‘MusicFest’ (to be confirmed)

April 8, 2022
As a special event on Sunday, 26th June, Stone Lane Gardens hopes to hold a half-day music festival, featuring local musicians playing jazz and contemporary folk. The event will be staged to raise funds for the Gardens and was an annual outdoor event in years past, now being revived post-covid in...

ARTISTS – One month left to enter the 2022 show to be opened by Sir Tim Smit

March 3, 2022
News release issued 3rd March 2022:  Eden Project Founder To Open Exhibition at Stone Lane Gardens. Artists have only 1 month remaining to enter a prestigious sculpture exhibition that is set to be opened by Sir Tim Smit in July. Stone Lane Gardens are opening their doors once again to up and com...

Open Day for Tea Room Volunteers

February 17, 2022
On Friday 18th March 2022 Stone Lane Gardens is holding an open day for tea room volunteers. From 2-4pm come and test out our tea and cakes at Stone Lane Gardens tearooms, meet other volunteers and enjoy a walk around the Ashburner Arboretum garden. We are looking for volunteers of all ages to jo...

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...

TEA ROOM opportunities 2022

February 10, 2022
TEA ROOM MANAGER (paid post): Stone Lane Gardens Tea Room reopens in early April and we are looking for a part-time manager. Full job description and how to apply can be found via our website on the Support Us page. TEA ROOM VOLUNTEERS: If you are looking for interesting, enjoyable volunteering, ...


February 1, 2022
The trustees of Stone Lane Gardens are delighted to announce that Sir Tim Smit FRSA, creator of the Eden Project and founder member of the Lost Gardens of Heligan in Cornwall, has generously agreed to open the 2022 Stone Lane Gardens Summer Sculpture Exhibition on 1st July.

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 – tickets go on sale

November 15, 2021
Tickets at all prices are now available from the website >Tickets 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 ...

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...


October 15, 2021
The Tea Room is now closed for a winter break. The beautiful Garden remains open every day of the year! Thank you to all our friends and visitors for your support in the Tea Room in 2021 – we will reopen the tea room in 2022 from Apr to Oct. Please check here for the […]

National Open Gardens Scheme – 9th and 16th October

October 9, 2021
Open for charity, the Gardens can be visited from 10am till 6pm under the National Open Gardens Scheme on two days this year, Saturday 9th October and Saturday 16th October 2021. Entry is charged at the usual rate of 5.00 for adults and 2.50 for children, which is collected on behalf the NOGS com...

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:

Stone Lane Gardens adds a ‘Silent Space’

June 26, 2017
We have now partnered with 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...