The Glen, Honiton's Silver Jubilee Public Park and Garden


Voting for The Woodland Trust's Tree of the Year ends on Sunday 9 October 2016.

The shortlisted candidates include King John's Oak at Shute Park. 






will be held soon. Please email with any comments about The Glen or this website which you would like brought up at the meeting.

The 2016 Annual General Meeting has now been held however comments may still be made and will be considered.




Welcome to the website of The Honiton Glen Conservation Group, formerly The Glen Regeneration Group known as The Friends of The Glen, a community group working with the support of Honiton Town Council since 2007 to improve The Glen, an East Devon District Council public open space in the market town of Honiton. The Lower Glen, the part of The Glen nearest the town centre, was given to the Borough of Honiton by Major H. H. Lilley to commemorate the Silver Jubilee of King George V and the entrance gates there near to Pine Park Road were provided by public subscription also to commemorate that jubilee:


Silver Jubilee Gates


Further upstream is The Higher Glen, an almost forgotten Victorian water garden, quite recently acquired by the district council, linking to the Blackdown Hills Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty:


The Higher Glen c1907

The Higher Glen c1907 'a veritable dream of rustic bridges...' where now crossed by the Waterleat Avenue bridge. 


Japanese Laurel by waterfall in Higher Glen

Japanese Laurel (Aucuba japonica) and waterfall in The Higher Glen formerly threatened by a planned road embankment. 



Deutzias discovered in 2016 and Japanese Laurel are survivors of Victorian or Edwardian planting in The Higher Glen.



The Friends of The Glen was formed in 2007, supported by Honiton Town Council, with the aim of helping East Devon District Council regenerate The Glen which was subsequently registered as a BBC Breathing Place (no. 46393).






Picnic Tables    

Newly installed Picnic Tables in The Lower Glen July 2015.


Rhododendron in Lower Glen May 2015

Rhododendron in The Lower Glen May 2015.


A selection of Camellias in The Lower Glen April 2015


Camellia April 2015




Camellia April 2015




 Camellia April 2015




 Camellia April 2015


 Camellia blossom in The Lower Glen has some natural protection from frost damage; the camellia plants are usually hardy (though considered to be delicate and planted in glasshouses when first introduced) but the flowers unfortunately are easily damaged by frost as can be seen in some gardens above The Glen.



 White Camellia 0215


Pink Camellia 0215 

The earliest Camellias in The Glen are now flowering.


 The Higher Glen c1907

Photographed no later than 1907 looking downstream to where the Waterleat Avenue bridge now crosses The Higher Glen.


The Magnolia planted in memory of Dr M. L. A. (Mike) Robinson 

Magnolia planted in memory of Dr. M. L. A. (Mike) Robinson, Chairman of the Royal Horticultual Society's Rhododendron, Camellia and Magnolia Group. 


Japanese Laurel by waterfall in Higher Glen

Japanese Laurel (Aucuba japonica) and waterfall formerly threatened by a planned road embankment.


The Lower Glen 0314

Away from the Paths.


Glen green bridge waterfall

The Borough Bridge Waterfall.


Glen camellia

One of the Camellias.


The Glen

Down to The Lower Glen.



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The Glen,
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