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Kevin Turner

Joined as Trustee & Treasurer in 2021. Married with three children and five grandchildren Originally from Essex and has now been living in Tavistock since 1985. Worked in the same company in marine industry in Plymouth for 30plus years in various roles and was a member of the Lions Club for 10 years. Retired in 2016. Had enjoyed helping out in the Sensory Garden on a few occasions and now look forward to being an active Trustee. Has noticed how the grandchildren have always enjoyed visiting the sensory garden especially finding their names on the brick in the wall.

Lynn Roddy

Lynn served in the Royal Signals for 16 years, reaching the rank of Major. Lynn was awarded the Ministry of Defence Sanctuary Award for setting up Allotments on Blandford Camp and was filmed by BBC Gardener’s World. Lynn helped to establish the Buckland Food Growers and is now the Owner of Home Instead, based in Tavistock.

Sally Whitfield

I started psychiatric nursing at Western Lodge Crediton and then moved on to Moorhaven Hospital at Ivybridge where I worked for 10 years and ran a Pig Farm with my partner. I took a 3 year horticultural course at Bicton College and when the National Trust took over the running of Buckland Abbey in 1987 I applied for the Job as Head Gardener.
I worked as Head Gardener at Buckland for 32 years before retiring in 2019.

Richard Jones

Chair of Trustees, Tavistock Lions Club member and Trustee Director of Charitable Giving. Richard retired from HSBC in 2014 with the aim of playing more golf and social cycling, e.g. to the pub and back. He joined the Sensory Garden and Petanque project as Treasurer in 2015 representing Tavistock Lions and together with Rotarian David Incoll, helped raise the initial funding. Richard has also been heavily involved in the physical aspects of creating the garden and took over from Graham Parker as Chair of Trustees in 2021. He’s the one on the right!

Annette Sharpe

Hi. My name is Annette Sharpe and I am a retired Deputy Headteacher of a large primary school in Plymouth. My passion has always been creativity through the arts and I continued to work with children in schools after leaving my full-time job. Working with the Tavistock Rotary I ran 3 successful children’s Art exhibitions in Butcher’s Hall. I now help the Sensory Garden with their marketing through Christmas Card designs, trails in the gardens at Christmas and Easter, producing interesting ways to raise money through art related projects.

Hywel Edwards

Hywel has been a Trustee of the garden since 2022 and charged with increasing use of the Petanque Terrain at the canal end of the garden. He retired in 2010 having initially worked for 16 years as a Marine Engineer on oil tankers with Shell before running a Homebrew Supply business with his wife Rosemary for the next 25 years. When not in the Japanese Garden they have created at their home Hywel is often in a red shirt with the Lions Club or a boiler suit restoring steam engines with the Robey Trust.