Due to Covid-19, this garden opening is now cancelled. Please check back for updates later in the year.

Vanessa Hurley, a Queen’s Nurse from Devon, is opening her garden for the first time as part of the National Garden Scheme. The National Garden Scheme provides vital support for nursing and caring charities, including the QNI.

The Old School House is part of Ashcombe Estate. It is an artistic palette of colour with a hint of the theatrical. Set in over half an acre there is a variety of plants shrubs, vines, bananas and trees attracting insects and wildlife plus an interesting array of quirky recycled materials. Dawlish Water stream circles around the pretty garden.

Cream teas will be available to purchase with all proceeds going to the NGS.

Entry on the door is £4. Free entry for children.

Full information about the event is available on the NGS website.

Having spent the last 4 years transforming The Old School House garden with my husband, we are delighted to be opening the garden this year for the NGS on 1st and 2nd August in the afternoon.

The garden is a special place for people who have visited enabling a sense of calm and relaxation. The Dawlish water stream runs around the garden and there is an abundance of insects and wildlife. A variety of recycled items can be seen in and around the garden that adds interest and is in keeping with The School House theme.

The villagers at Ashcombe are delighted that we are opening the garden and we often come home to find plants and other items left for us. We have taken the adjacent war memorial under our wing and plant flowers according to the season. We will be having a Queen’s Nurse stand and visitors can meet and talk to some of the Queen’s Nurses who will be helping on the day. The open days would also be a great opportunity for Queen’s Nurses to meet up.

Vanessa Hurley, Queen's Nurse

Event details

Date and time

1-2 August 2020


The Old School House

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