15% off any order at Ashridge Nurseries an online garden centre with safe delivery. Use discount code "UDHS2018" at checkout. Expires Dec 31, 2018. Take a look at the website for a full range of garden plants and helpful newsletters.
10% discount on plants, plant feeds and fertilisers at Plant Perfections at Hunts Hill Farm on the Aveley Road. Also 10% discount on plants at Harringtons near Upminster Bridge. You need to show your handbook at both places to get the discount.
Complimentary voucher for tea or coffee if you sign up for the newsletter from Bonnetts Garden Village
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Links of Interest
Bonnetts Garden Village has recently opened and currently being extended. This is the old Tomlins site in Mascalls Lane Brentwood and now provides a large garden centre with plants, shop and restaurant.
Rainham Hall (National Trust) is now open following extensive renovation. The Gardens are constantly being developed and are open (free) on Wednesdays to Sundays from 10 am to 5 pm. Rainham Hall is looking for 'cafe volunteers' and 'visitors welcome volunteers'. For information visit nationaltrust.org.uk/volunteer.
Royal Horticultural Society, with which we are affiliated, has a lot of useful information on its website. Check out the page for affiliated societies and for their quarterly magazine 'Grass Roots'. In addition to their four main gardens and large shows like Chelsea and Hampton Court, the RHS also has small shows in their horticultural halls in London.
Following major refurbishment, the Garden Museum on London's South Bank reopened last year.
Long House Plants is a retail nursery run by Tim Carter. All the plants are grown here and they have a range of interesting and unusual trees, shrubs, perennials, grasses and alpines, selected to be successful in the local soils. You will be given a warm welcome, but please check the website for opening hours. The nursery garden will be open to the public for charity during 2018 - see the Local Events diary page for full information.
Hillcrest Nurseries can be found on the A128 in Herongate. A true nursery - not a garden centre - with a wide selection of plants and trees - some quite unusual.
Organic gardeners may be interested in SE Essex Organic Gardeners activities and events.
The Old Chapel in Upminster has many events since refurbishment. Check here for details.
Visit Thames Chase Upminster not just for a walk, but try the café, shop or some of the events they run there.
Belhus Woods is another great green space on our doorstep.
Would you like to join their volunteer group and learn new skills, whilst helping the environment & wildlife? Join the Rangers on Thursday mornings from 9:30am till 12:30pm. You’ll get to have a go at many tasks, such as coppicing, wildlife gardening and creating habitats. If you are interested in volunteering please call 01708 865 628 or email BelhusWoods.CountryPark@essex.gov.uk.
Also visit Parklands where the bridge restoration has been completed.
Valentines Mansion and Gardens in Ilford are holding lots of events in the forthcoming months, including a garden tour.
Essex Wildlife Trust will give you lots of information on our local sites.
Anyone interested in having an allotment can contact Stewart Avenue Allotments in Upminster Allotments currently available. Fruit, veg, flower and preserves are sold at the gate during the year. Or take a look at the list of all allotments in Havering.
The National Garden Scheme (also known as the Yellow Book) features many gardens open for charity during the year.
Villages which open several gardens are often a good day out. Check out groups of gardens to visit.
The nearby gardens at Barnards Farm have many delights and hold the national collection of malus.
For local events and information check out the Upminster and Cranham Residents' Association website and the Upminster Community website .
Discover Me is a useful website which features local attractions and events.
In May 2015, Dr Stephen Head gave an interesting lecture on wildlife gardening and left a handout for us.
During the 2014 lectures, Ursula Buchan left us with a Scented Plant List and Susan Young provided a list of plants for pollinators .