Cartridges Law were delighted to sponsor the recent Wisteria Garden Party in Pinces Gardens, St Thomas.

On Sunday, 19th May 2024, Pinces Gardens in St Thomas was filled with locals at a community event to celebrate the stunning sight of the Wisteria tunnel in full bloom, as residents came together for a delightful Wisteria Garden Party.

The event, organised by the community group Cowick Roots & Recreation, provided a free, fun-filled afternoon that brought families, neighbours, and friends together to celebrate both nature and community.

Pinces Gardens, historically known as a “Pleasure Garden,” has a rich heritage dating back to the establishment of William Lucombe’s nursery in 1720. It is famed for its Lucombe Oak and the breathtaking Wisteria tunnel, a Victorian-era marvel that draws visitors every spring with its spectacular bloom.

Sue Taylor, Chair of Cowick Roots & Recreation, expressed her delight following the delivery of the event: 

” This event came together through our groups shared love of Pinces Gardens. It celebrated the beautiful Wisteria and the sense of community in St. Thomas. We were thrilled that so many of the community joined us for a day filled with pure joy, enjoying this glorious park and at the heart of our community. People brought chairs, rugs, tents and picnics and simply enjoyed a day of entertainment and relaxation.

Over 1,500 visitors joined Cowick Roots & Recreation in the park throughout the day to enjoy a range of activities:

  • The Pinces Gardens Croquet Club invited attendees to try croquet and enjoy a BBQ with snacks and Pimms.
  • Kids’ entertainment, sponsored by Cartridges Law, included Rattlebox story sessions, traditional Punch & Judy shows and walkabout entertainment by Promenade Promotions, circus skills with Flotsam Circus, face painting, and a craft area.
  • The Birdhouse Café at the main gatehouse provided coffee, refreshments, and snacks.
  • An Indie craft market, workshop tents, a nature area with the Devon Wildlife Trust, and a quiet zone offered diverse activities and relaxation spaces.
  • Performances from Morris Dancers Otter Morris and singing from The Birdhouse Choir.

The highlight for many was the May Flower Parade led by Otter Morris – it added a touch of folklore magic as it wound through the Wisteria Tunnel and around the Gardens, encouraging visitors to join in the festivities.

” We have been overwhelmed by the feedback from the local community. We’ve received a lot of appreciation for how much of the event was free to enjoy. Our aim was to make this event as accessible as possible for everyone. It wasn’t about making money, but about enjoying our green spaces and coming together as a community. This was only possible thanks to the financial support we received, for which we are incredibly grateful. “

Sue Taylor, Chair of Cowick Roots & Recreation

The success of this event was made possible by the generous support of the local community and sponsors, including Cartridges Law, The Norman Family Trust, and Exeter City Council.

The day was supported by a dedicated team of volunteers, without whom the event would not have been possible. The Cowick Roots and Recreation Committee expressed their gratitude.

” Events like this are simply unachievable without community support. Thank you so much to those who were involved on the day. We would like to thank everyone who got out of bed early, lifted, shifted, directed, litter picked, tidied, and marshalled before, during, and after the event. “

Sue Taylor, Chair of Cowick Roots & Recreation

In addition to this event, Cowick Roots and Recreation focuses on various projects in Pinces Gardens and Cowick Barton Playing Fields. Nordic walking sessions, park yoga and tree planting has been supported by the group through successful grant applications, art projects have been facilitated with local artists to improve areas of the park plus litter picks, wildflower seed sowing, and a gardening club have all been organised.

The Wisteria Garden Party provided Cowick Roots & Recreation with an opportunity to engage with the local community and learn about the improvements and activities they would like to see in Pinces Gardens and Cowick Barton Playing Fields. If this event has inspired anyone who is keen to see similar events in the future or would like to get involved in any of the projects, Cowick Roots and Recreation invites you to get in touch via email at cowickrootsandrecreation@gmail.com or through their Facebook page Cowick Roots & Recreation.