Tavistock Town Council manages and maintains several of the parks and open spaces in the town, the most important being The Meadows.

Read on to find out more about our role in looking after these areas and the services we provide.

The Meadows

The Meadows and PlayparkThe Meadows, located in the centre of the town, is an area of 3.6 hectares on both sides of the River Tavy in the care of the Town Council. The Meadows contains a children's play area, a bandstand and grassy open spaces. It is a focal point for the local community with numerous events held throughout the summer months.    

The Sensory Garden is located between the tennis courts and the bowling club.  Started in 2016 the garden is a joint initiative between Tavistock Town Council, Tavistock Lions Club, Tavistock Rotary Club, Roots to Tranisition and Tavistock Dementia Alliance.  The garden is open for all to enjoy and there are regular volunteering sessions held on Wednesday mornings.  For the latest updates please visit the Facebook page Tavistock Community Sensory Garden.  

The tennis courts, bowling green and BMX track are on land leased from the Town Council and managed by separate organisations, Tavistock Tennis Club, the Tavistock Bowling Club and Tavi Riders.

A large area was leased in June 1987 to West Devon Borough Council for 999 years at a peppercorn rent, and is the location of the Wharf Arts Centre and Meadowlands Swimming Pool complex, with associated car and coach parks.

The 4 mile long canal passes through the park from where it starts at Abbey Weir (finishes at Morwellham Quay). Today the canal belongs to South West Water who operate a hydro-electric power plant at Morwellham Quay.  The Cheery Walk that runs alongside the canal was restored in 2018 and contains a mix of flowering cherry and crab apples.  The orginal cherry trees were planted in 1948.

The play park, fitness trail and skate park are all managed by the Town Council as well as the bandstand, benches and picnic tables.

Drake's Trail passes through The Meadows. Drake's Trail is a network of walking and cycling routes linking Tavistock and Plymouth

Other open spaces

Dolvin Road Cemetery: A closed cemetery in Dolvin Road, which the Council maintains, cutting grass and inspecting trees.

Sandy Park: Farmland of 7.13 hectares, Sandy Park is 'let' on an agricultural tenancy renewed in March 2002.

Middlemoor: This is a small rectangular area of common land by Edgemoor Cottages, of interest mainly to Budgehill Farm whose access track crosses it.

Tavy Gardens located in Mount Tavy Road: a low maintenance garden.

Abbotsfield Grass bank: Opposite Abbotsfield Nursing Home, the Council regularly cuts the grass.

Abbotsfield Open Space: A small wooded area on the north side of the Abbotsfield land, strangely left out of the sale of the House by the Town Council in 1984.

Celle Garden: Devon County Council land in Parkwood Road, leased to the Town Council, and utilised as a low maintenance garden celebrating the twinning links with Celle.

Dolvin Road Plantation: A small area of woodland by the river bank, with a seat.

West Street Cut: A small area of land by a public path, maintained in a tidy condition and landscaped.

Play Parks

Courtlands Play ParkWe also own and/or manage several play parks around the town which are regularly inspected and maintained, they are:

  • Bannawell Street
  • Bishopsmead
  • Courtlands
  • Ransom Way
  • Monksmead
  • The Meadows
  • Whitchurch

For more information on parks and playparks under our care or to report a problem please Contact Us.