THE first green open space to be handed to Totnes in more than a century has been unveiled to the town in a £275,000 two-for-one offer linked by an 800-year-old walled walkway.
The Leechwell Garden will be spread across three quarters of an acre of ancient orchard dating back to Anglo Saxon times in the southern area of Totnes — and comes complete with a herb garden, play area, stream, bridge, trees, pergola and an ancient plunge pool which is a scheduled ancient monument.
The smaller gardens on the site of the old George Heath seed beds between South Street and the main town car park comes with a lawn and sitting area, and a play sculpture.
The two individual projects will be linked by the Leechwell Lane — the footpath dating back to the 12th century which still leads to the town's historic healing wells.
It's refreshing to see overgrown green space released to remain as green space (in this case the result of considerable campaigning and negotiation); there's normally an inexorable tendency for such plots in ancient Devon towns to end up under new residential developments.
For more details on the project and the long history of the plot, see Leechwell Garden Association website.
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