Canonteign Falls has been chosen as a lucky host of travelling Elmer the elephant on the 18th-22nd April when visitors will be welcomed to meet  this lovable story book character. In celebration of Elmer the Elephant turning 30 yrs old, St Luke's Hospice Plymouth is bringing Elmer the patchwork elephant –  created by Devon-born author and artist David McKee– to Plymouth for Elmer’s Big Parade, 30 years since Andersen Press first published the Elmer story.   As part of this parade one of these colourful elephants travels to areas outside of Plymouth to help raise awareness of the campaign in Plymouth over the Summer. 

 

 

New to Canonteign Falls this season is a wooden replica of Quentin Blake's Green Ship. Sailing on the banks of the Lily Lake below our bee garden and assault course, this ship is located within a short walk of our café and children are invited to climb and explore on this life size wooden boat.   The vision for this installation is as a sensory garden with planting plans including aromatic herbs and shrubs which, along with other greenery, will make the ship into a fabulous natural sensory play ground for children and adults to enjoy. Do come along and see it for yourself.  We will keep you updated with how this new addition to the estate is developing.  

 

 Dartmoor based willow artist Katherine Miles loves to create life size  willow animals and watch the individual characters come alive as she weaves.  The deer family and a large Heron already at the estate are also her work. Commissioned by Kate Baylis the 11 ft T Rex is Katherine's largest work to date and is a magnificent example of willow weaving at it’s very best. The steel supporting frame was made by Katherine's partner Blacksmith Greg Abel and gives strength to the creature.  The Dinosaur has been woven onto this frame, the willow work creating the entire form and dimension of the animal.   The weaving has taken 3 weeks at Katherines’ study at Stone Lane Gardens.  The next challenge is to transport the giant form to her new home in the heart of the Canonteign Falls estate.  Find this huge T Rex in the Victorian Fern Garden where he will feel very much at home in this ancient landscape. Follwoing our summer name the dinosaur competition, our T Rex is called Ruby!

 

 

We have been working hard to restore our comprehensive collection of Devon ferns from a fern garden established at the height of fern fashion in Victorian Britain between 1840 and 1890. This garden had been over come by Laurel bushes and in 2009 , following a heavy snow fall, the fern garden was uncovered. The collection of ferns are nestled in the heart of a hanging valley above the original water fall.  This micro climate has produced a perfect environment for these ferns to thrive and we are working hard for our collection to be registered and recorded for future generations to enjoy.  The Plant Heritage National Plant Collection® scheme allows individuals or organisations to document, develop and preserve a comprehensive collection of one group of plants in trust for the future. Please do keep checking our news pages for information on how we are progressing.

 

 

The new Devil’s Leap Bridge nestled in the heart of Canonteign Falls estate is now open. The modern bridge is brilliantly juxtaposed with the ancient fern landscape. More art than bridge, the installation has taken 2  years to reach fruition with huge logistical hurdles to overcome. Kate Baylis says “I wanted a magical structure for this incredibly special location, to create abridge with a charming twist that children and adults will want to return to again and again”.