In the Summer of 2019 the Merry Go Round Team embarked on a very exciting Big Garden Makeover project. The project’s mission was to enhance the natural space that the children had at Merry Go Round and make it better for all year use. Play and learning in the outdoors is really important at Merry Go Round – there’s a strong emphasis on supporting mental health and wellbeing from an early age, and what better way to do it than in the outdoors!  But the garden was in dire need of some TLC and some enhancements to address some of the issues we had when faced with the Great British weather.

Through the hard work of the committee and the goodwill of friends, family, the local community and a generous donation from Julian Brazil from South Hams Council, over £5000 was raised to allow us to make our vision for the new garden a reality. We were really lucky to secure the support of Matt Leigh, the lead project manager from ITV’s Love Your Garden and a group of volunteers from the Royal Navy, all of who generously gave their time for free for a week. We were also overwhelmed by the amazing support we received from parents, grandparents, local businesses, tradespeople and others in the community, either in offers of help or donations.  Without such generosity in our local community (and beyond) this incredible transformation would not have been possible!



We’re really grateful to the following supporters of our Big Garden Makeover project.

Matt Leigh
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Matt Leigh is the project manager responsible for the garden builds of ITV’s Love Your Garden with Alan Titchmarsh. His role involves designing, organising and overseeing the transformation of blank, unimaginative and often unusable spaces into awe inspiring, life changing dream gardens for the most worthy of individuals and families. Matt has also built and overseen a number of award-winning show gardens including the RHS Hampton Court Flower Show and RHS Chelsea Flower Show.

Church House Inn
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Recently reopened after a major refurbishment, the Church House offers the ideal place to enjoy classic pub food, traditional Sunday lunch or a drink on the sun terrace. We’re proud to be supporting Merry Go Round with their ‘Big Garden Makeover’ project, such a great cause!

Freeborns Estate Agents
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Freeborns Estate Agents have been selling and letting property in Dartmouth and the surrounding area for over 27 years and are proud to support Merry Go Round’s amazing garden project. “Our son had an amazing 3 years at MGR and our daughter who has just started loves it already and will be super excited to benefit from the new garden.”

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Motional is an easy-to-use online tool for schools and other professionals for identifying, assessing and improving the emotional health and wellbeing of children and young people.

Avon Mill Garden Centre
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Avon Mill Garden Centre is nestled on the riverside, in the Avon Valley in glorious South Devon. A beautiful and tranquil oasis for you to enjoy whilst you shop for your garden and home. Then stop and relax with something divine to eat from their popular cafe!

RGC Building Supplies
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RGC are the fastest growing Builders Merchants and DIY store online based in South Devon, serving the South Hams area with the best value general building supplies, DIY materials and high quality kitchens and bathrooms, to trade and public. We are hugely grateful for their support with the Big Garden Makeover!