News from Sharpham

Orchard Link launch

Orchard Link at The Sharpham Trust

We were the venue for the launch of a new project to revitalise community orchards in South Devon.

Orchard Link has secured a grant of £40,500 from The Heritage Lottery Fund for the project, which will also support and sustain the groups looking after them.

The project was launched in the South Wing of Sharpham House, and guests toured our own orchards, guided by our gardener Jesse Hammond.

Orchard Link at The Sharpham Trust

Orchard Link is working with the South Devon Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty Unit to deliver the two-year project and around 20 orchard groups across the area have expressed interest in participating. Orchards range from 20 to over 100 years old and are all managed by community volunteers.

For further information about the project, contact Nicky Bailey here:

Pictures from the launch are visible on Facebook by clicking here

New partnership with Bodhi College

Bodhi College at The Sharpham Trust

We are developing a new partnership with the Bodhi College who will be running the Committed Practitioners’ Programme (CPP, and formerly the CDPP) here at Sharpham along with a number of other single modules.These courses offer doorways into early Buddhist teachings in a contemporary context with internationally-respected dharma teachers - some of whom have long links with Sharpham.

“This new partnership means that there are opportunities for people to go deeply into the roots of mindfulness with very experienced dharma teachers here in the beautiful setting of Sharpham,” said Programme Manager Ben Ballard.

Click here for bookings and to find out more about the CPP and other Bodhi College modules based here at Sharpham via Bodhi College's website. 

The Bodhi College is a new charity which ”offers an ethical and philosophical framework for those practising meditation and the Dharma in today’s world” by drawing on the early teachings of the Buddha before they became codified into the doctrines of the different Buddhist traditions.  The College is non-sectarian, unaligned with any Buddhist orthodoxy or particular school, open to Buddhists and non-Buddhists alike, to people of any faith or none, to those who use mindfulness for its therapeutic value, as much as those for whom meditation is part of their religious practice.

Trust annual report published

Sharpham Trust annual report

We've just published our Annual Report for the year 2014-2015.

The report gives a great overview of the work and achievements of the Sharpham Trust over the past year, with updates, pictures, testimonials and case studies from across Trust areas such as our mindfulness courses and retreats, the Barn Retreat Centre, our work in the arts and with our unique heritage, Sharpham Outdoors and our open days, Sharpham Meadow Natural Burial Ground and our tenants Sharpham Wine & Cheese and

The report is in a handy folded A5 format, which incorporates a new, illustrative map of Sharpham Estate, showing the House and grounds, Sharpham Vineyard and dairy, places like The Barn Retreat Centre, Lower Sharpham Barton Farm and the Bathing House, and The Carriage Drive: the cycling/walking route from Totnes.

It also includes our Vision and Mission statements, our principles and our objectives, as well as comments and reports from our Chair William Lana and our Director Julian Carnell.

You can download the report as a PDF from our webpage here, along with previous reports and our strategy document for 2015-2020.

The reports are available from Sharpham House and the West Wing office.

All Souls' Day at Sharpham Meadow

Sharpham Meadow Natural Burial Ground will be hosting an All Souls’ Day celebration.

We will be remembering the ancestors at a ceremony on Monday November 2 – All Souls’ Day.

This day is traditionally the time to remember relatives who have passed away and there will be a ceremony conducted by our burial ground managers Rupert and Claire Callender around the Ancestors’ Fire – an artwork unveiled earlier this year.

The event, which runs from 7pm is free and includes some light refreshments. All are welcome, especially those with family and friends resting at Sharpham Meadow.

Apple Day on the BBC!

Apple Day at Sharpham Trust 2015

Our Apple Day and Autumn Festival become part of BBC Radio Devon's 'core' programming when DJ Jo Loosemore interviewed some of the team in the middle of this year's Apple Day.

She spoke to Katie Tokus, our marketing officer, Jesse Hammond, our gardener and visiting apple storyteller Sara Hurley, during this year's Apple Day.

Jesse told Jo about the varieties of apples grown at Sharpham in our orchards, and the importance of preserving old and rare breeds that may be lost without careful nurturing.

Meanwhile, Katie talked about the Apple Olympics - apple-themed games and activities that happened on the Croquet Lawn on the day.

Sara spoke about apple folklore and stories, before heading back to the event to mesmerise children (and parents) with her tales under the yew tree.

Listen to the interview here:

The day was a success and hundreds of apples were juiced by Jesse and his team, using a press loaned from Orchard Link

Visiting stallholders included South Devon Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, who helped spread even more apple knowledge, and Food in the Community who cooked up tasty apple fritters.

Locals brought their own apples to be juiced, taking home half and leaving us with half to sell.

See more pictures on our Facebook page here:

Get in touch

If you would like to know more about the information on this page, please contact:

Name: Jane Hutchinson, Trust Administrator Tel: 01803 732055

Address: Sharpham House, Sharpham Estate, Ashprington, nr Totnes, Devon, TQ9 7UT