Friends of Eastcote House Gardens





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Eastcote House Gardens

Restoration project

The builders left on Friday 12th June 2015. No more fencing. There are still some areas that need attention, the land drainage for one.

More good news is FEHG have now reached the £25K match funding required by the Heritage Lottery Fund. Our thanks go to all who have helped us raise this amount.

The £125K in volunteer hours is on schedule to be completed by 2018.


Picnic 

The Picnic was a great success, lots of stalls from community groups, charities and crafters, events and people, even the sun shone.

The Chairman can only highly praise all the FEHG volunteers who organized, delivered leaflets, made cakes, grew plants, set everything up and took it all down again and spent the whole day serving on stalls.

St. Lawrence Players, the Tai Chi group, High Note Singers, Classic cars and the Dog show all added to the fun.

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Walled Garden 

Works to the garden walls was not complete until 1st May, which means the main planting season was missed. FEHG hope to have all the plants back in their correct places for next year.



Garden café  

The café should be open Monday 29th June, more information will be sent when known.


Archaeology  

The 2015 dig will open Saturday 27th June 2015 until Sunday 12th July 2015. Digging will take place everyday except Mondays. The Mayor & Mayoress of Hillingdon will be visiting on the 12th July.

All members of the public are invited to join in. If crawling around in trenches is not your scene, there are always plenty of finds to be washed. If you would like to take part please contact Catherine at AOC. Catherine.edwards@aocarchaeology.com

Children must be accompanied by an adult.

Annual Judging 

There will be four judging sessions this year, June 30th, Park of the Year and It’s Your Neighbourhood, July 10th London in Bloom Borough Tour, July 17th Long Meadow, Conservation Area and August 13th Britain in Bloom Tour.


Images from a Sunday Volunteers Day

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The Friends of Eastcote House Gardens Volunteer Gardeners meet the third Thursday of each month. Tools and refreshments provided, no experience necessary.

Friens of Eastcote Gardens

About Us
For many years Eastcote’s most unique treasure slumbered, the briars, weeds and vandals,[the bad fairies] slowly wove their tentacles around her until her former glory was all but obliterated.

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Our Activities
Two years ago Prince Charming, in the guise of the Friends of Eastcote House Gardens[the good fairies] started to break the spell of decay and despair.
The Big Lottery fund granted the’ Friends’ £24,000 to re-plant the Walled Garden. A donation from TaylorWimpey supported the restoration of the Rockery. Hillingdon Council, remade pathways, enhanced the three entrances to the gardens, supplied more litter bins and dog bins.
The ‘Friends’, chopped and cleared and dug and weeded.
Then throughout April 2010 , the Herb Beds in the Walled Garden, originally planted to celebrate the Queen’s Silver Jubilee in 1977, were re-stored. The Rockery was re-planted. Bluebells were planted near the Pinn, in conjunction with Eastcote Horticultural Society and a gift from an anonymous donor.
The ‘Big Plant’ when 50 volunteers placed 1813 plants in the Walled Garden, was at the end of April. Three local schools also came to help with the planting, Coteford Infants, Newnham Junior and Field End Infants.
By July 17th, when the Celebration Picnic was held, and the Mayor of Hillingdon officially re-opened the Walled Garden, our Sleeping Beauty looked magnificent. The Celebration Picnic drew together many Eastcote groups, schools and local retailers it was a fantastic day.

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Interested in doing some voluntary gardening work,then why not email Lesley Crowcroft who will give you some more information about the project....
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The Volunteers at the Big Tree Planting in 2011

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