Mystery Exmouth rose planter is revealed

PUBLISHED: 16:00 18 June 2020 | UPDATED: 09:13 19 June 2020

George Kent, the mystery rose planter in Exmouth. Picture: Marion Drew

George Kent, the mystery rose planter in Exmouth. Picture: Marion Drew

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The mystery gardener behind the planting of a rose in Exmouth town centre has revealed himself.

The planter in the London Inn car park, Exmouth. Picture: Marion DrewThe planter in the London Inn car park, Exmouth. Picture: Marion Drew

George Kent, a long-time supporter of Exmouth in Bloom, has come forward to claim responsibility for putting a rose in a town centre planter.

As previously reported by the Journal, Exmouth in Bloom thanked a nameless gardener who placed the rose in the brick planter near the London Inn car park.

Mr Kent, whose connection with Exmouth in Bloom dates back to the days when Pat Graham was involved, has been revealed as the mystery gardener.

Marion Drew, of Exmouth in Bloom, said: “George was passing by, doing his twice weekly sweep and litter pick of the seafront gardens and shelters as we were planting the Union Flag at Ocean Carpet bed.

Pat Wilkins tending to the 'oasis' planter in Alexnadra Terrnace, Exmouth. Picture: Marion DrewPat Wilkins tending to the 'oasis' planter in Alexnadra Terrnace, Exmouth. Picture: Marion Drew

“He not only does his ‘bit’ on the seafront, but also makes a difference in the London Inn car park, where he tends the wildflower patch and the brick planter.

“He is just one of many unsung heroes in Exmouth who just gets on and does something to contribute to keeping the town looking good.

“Well done and thank you George – a gold star for your efforts.”

Exmouth in Bloom have been busy tending to the town’s flower beds since the lockdown restrictions were eased and have been working on the model dinosaurs enclosures.

The group is also gearing up for taking part in both Britain in Bloom and South West in Bloom in 2021.

Volunteers, led by Pat Wilkins, have also been planting up an old horse trough in Alexandra Terrace.

The ‘oasis’ was in need of tender loving care after it was fenced off during work to fortify the town’s sea defences.

Now Mrs Wilkins, who ran the Exmouth Animal Dispensary for 43 years, can go back to tending to the trough.

The ‘oasis’ has a plaque above it, put in place by the RSPCA, during its presentation to Exmouth, marking Queen Victoria’s Jubilee year in 1887.

It was re-sited to Alexandra Terrace 100 years later.

For more information on the work Exmouth in Bloom does and to get involved, visit the website


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