Discovering Sharpham project

Heritage Lottery Fund awards Sharpham Trust £57,400

We've received £57,400 from the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) for the Discovering Sharpham project that will boost volunteering opportunities across our beautiful Estate on the banks of the River Dart.Heritage Lottery Fund at Sharpham

The funding – made possible by people who play the National Lottery – will  support volunteers in carrying out vital conservation tasks and the restoration of our parkland and gardens – thought to have been created by England’s most famous landscape designer Capability Brown.

The Discovering Sharpham project will also help to improve access to the unique built and natural heritage of our 550-acre Sharpham Estate, based around Grade 1-listed Sharpham House, just outside Totnes, Devon.

The project will reinstate the final section of the original Carriage Drive: the cycle and footpath that runs between Totnes and the Sharpham Estate. A new Heritage Trail along the drive will be developed, with improved signage and information.

A new Volunteer and Engagement Officer has been employed on the Discovering Sharpham project: Maya Herbolzheimer, who will recruit and oversee volunteer teams, as well as working with local schools.

Volunteer to experience the Great Outdoors

People who volunteer at Sharpham gain a deeper understanding of the Estate’s grounds and gardens and a stronger connection with nature.

They get enriching experiences of planting, gardening, work with trees and on the land.

Volunteers get the chance to enjoy gratifying, physical work on the Estate, whilst learning new skills in nature conservation, garden restoration and the outdoors.

How to get involved in Discovering Sharpham

If you want to volunteer for or get involved with Discovering Sharpham, please contact Maya Herbolzheimer on 01803 731802 or email [email protected]

Click here to read our news post about the funding and the project

Green Oak Bench project

Click here to find out about The Green Oak Bench project - another initiative that required volunteers as part of the Discovering Sharpham project.

Garden & Archive volunteers: Tuesdays or Thursdays, from 9.30am.

Conservation volunteers: Thursdays, from 10.30am.


Sharpham House is 10 minutes drive from Totnes, Devon, just outside the village of Ashprington. For full details and directions please click here

If you're without transport, we can arrange a taxi pick-up from Totnes Railway Station. Email Maya on [email protected] to arrange.

Retreats & Events

At the heart of the Sharpham Trust ethos is our desire to build a more mindful, compassionate and environmentally-sustainable world. We connect people with nature and foster mindfulness and well-being through our programme of retreats, mindfulness courses, outdoor learning and the arts.

The Estate provides important habitats for wildlife which the Trust protects through organic farming, conservation work, educational activities and public engagement.