Fernbank is a beautiful community space located at the bottom of Lower Collins Road. Planted on the edge of a steep railway embankment the garden contains a huge variety of wildlife-friendly or edible plants.
A towering plane tree dominates one end of the bank, casting its broad shade, under which ferns, primroses, King Solomon’s seal, jack-by-the-hedge, and numerous other shade-loving plants mix freely. Further down, the bank sports thyme and oregano, wild strawberries, mints of many kinds, feverfew and daylilies, sage and sumach, and splashes of colourful calendula, marguerites, purple loosestrife. A fig tree tops the bank, along with a few currant and gooseberry bushes.
Only 4 years ago, a local resident, single-handed, cleared this bank of its coating of brambles spilling out across the pavement and smothering any competition. Once cleared, the possibilities of a community garden of the kind appearing here and there in Totnes in preceding years, woke the imagination of two visiting French landscape-gardening students, Titouan and Coppelia
We meet at the Fernbank on the first Saturday of the month between 10am and 1pm during the main growing season, to give a touch of human intervention to this diverse patch of semi-wildness. All welcome! Please email firstname.lastname@example.org for more details.