12.06.20 A little piece of history.


The old Horse Trough in Alexandra Terrace has been planted up by Exmouth In Bloom for many years and now volunteer Pat Wilkins, looks after this little piece of history throughout the year.

This ‘oasis’ as Pat refers to her planting area, was in need of TLC, after it was fenced off during for sea defence work along the Esplanade, so she could not tend it for many months. But now she will keep this area blooming and looking colourful once again. Thank you Pat.

Many will recognize Pat from days when she ran the Exmouth Animal Dispensary for 43 years. Coincidentally this trough has animal connections with the plaque above it, erected by the RSPCA, dating its presentation to the town of Exmouth and marking the Queen Victoria’s Jubilee year 1887. The trough was then re-sited here 100 years later. Many of you will have no doubt stopped, to read the plaque when you admire the plants growing in it.

Exmouthians may also recall that Pat’s mother Peggy Powley opened the first Cattery in Exmouth in Bapton Lane.

If you would like to help look after a small area for Exmouth in Bloom as Pat does with this trough – please contact Elaine on 07850 573022 for details.