Alan Titchmarsh at RHS Garden Rosemoor in Torrington

Joseph Bulmer

TV gardening guru Alan Titchmarsh will be carrying out the official opening of the new Peter Buckley Learning Centre at RHS Garden Rosemoor in Torrington on Friday (April 15.)

The broadcaster and supporter of the Royal Horticultural Society Campaign for School Gardening will conduct the public opening at 2.30pm.

The innovative centre will be used by schools, adult learners and for events and is expected to attract around 7,000 schoolchildren each year.

It is named in memory of RHS president Peter Buckley and features two large classrooms plus a teaching terrace garden with raised vegetable beds, a sensory garden and dipping ponds, enabling hands-on experience for both pupils and teachers.

An indoor practical space and cooking area will be used to teach children how to prepare the food they learn to grow.

It was designed by Devon-based ecological architects, Gale and Snowdon and will use solar energy, rainwater harvesting and an efficient log burning boiler.

The land around it will be developed in the coming months to provide additional learning opportunities including a forest garden and vegetable growing area.