Autumn Event on Wednesday 26th October

Our main fundraising event and will be held on Wednesday October 26th at 7.30
St Peters Church Hall Broad Street, Ely.

Our speaker this year will be Malcolm Busby (gardener and story teller) who was our judge for the Green Flag Award.

Tickets are available from Pauline Sherwood 663716 or at the door at £10, which includes light refreshments and a glass of wine.

Help us increase our membership

We will have a market stall at the Ely Farmers market on October 8th to recruit new Friends of Jubilee Gardens and promote the garden.

There will also be a display showing the plans for the Queen’s Wood. Do come along and bring a friend.

Working Party Volunteers Needed -:)

Please do come and join our fun and enthusiastic Friends of Jubilee Gardens Working Parties to end our gardening year.


We meet at 9.30 am in Jubilee Gardens and do as much as we can during the morning.  The final two dates are:

Wednesday 12th October and
Wednesday 9th November

Hope to see you soon …

Summer Outing: Tuesday 5th July 2016

The Swiss Garden at Shuttleworth and Wrest Park in Bedfordshire

We will leave Barton Road car park at 9:30am and our first stop is Shuttleworth. We start here with a coffee and a brief talk about the gardens and can then explore at our own pace. The Swiss Garden is an outstanding example of the Regency fashion for creating landscapes in a picturesque alpine style, with new vistas at every turn. It contains 13 listed structures, a woodland sculpture trail and recent restoration work has ensured accessibility for all visitors. There is an impressive glass-roofed Grotto and Fernery, the Chapel and a Subterranean Passage. The garden fell in to disrepair and needed urgent restoration by the 1970’s, this work has now been carried out and it has been described as “a miniature world, dotted with follies as absurdly pretty as illustrations in a fairy tale.” OR it would be possible to visit the Shuttleworth Collection for the morning instead of the gardens -£4 extra. We will have our picnic lunch here before going on to Wrest Park, departing at approximately 1:30pm.

Wrest Park will enable us to explore the evolution of the English garden with a stroll through three centuries of landscape design, including the influence of Lancelot “Capability” Brown. 2016 marks 300 years since the birth of this famed garden landscape designer. From dazzling parterres and fragrant borders, to sweeping views and woodland walks, Wrest Park is “a real treat for the senses and one of the great gardens of England” with an ornate marble fountain, an 18th century Bowling Green House, a Chinese Temple and Bridge and over 40 statues dotted around the grounds. Wrest Park has been owned by English Heritage since 2006 and much restoration work has been carried out as part of a 20 year scheme. We will be given a guided tour of the gardens from 2pm and then have some free time and end the day with afternoon tea. We expect to be back in Ely at about 6:30pm.

The cost of this day including coach travel, entrance fees, morning coffee, afternoon tea and a talk and guided tour will be £32 to Friends and guests.

Cheques made payable to “Friends of Jubilee Gardens Ely” with stamped addressed envelope to Events Secretary, 16 Egremont Street, ELY, CB6 1AE for any further details please email

Please bring your own picnic for lunch.

Hope to see you there 🙂

Annual General Meeting 2016

Our AGM will be held at 7.30 pm on Thursday 31st March in St Peters Hall in Broad Street, Ely.

All friends and visitors are welcome and we will take this opportunity to introduce your new committee and thank the retiring members.

We shall also have a talk by Spencer Clark on “What’s Happening in the Garden”.

Please can you help?

The Friends of Jubilee Gardens Working Parties are about to start …. and we need plenty of volunteers, as there are two new beds to be planted with perennials and bedding plants.

Do come along and help, for as little or as much time as you can spare, it’s really good fun and rewarding. (If bending is a problem, there’s always some pruning to be done.)

We meet at 9.30 am in Jubilee Gardens on the 2nd Wednesday or each month and do as much as we can during the morning, so the dates for 2016 are:

13th April
11th May
8th June
13th July
10th August
14th September
12th October
9th November

Hope to see you soon …

Happy New Year 2016

Thank you to all the Council Gardeners and Friends of Jubilee Gardens Ely Committee Members and volunteers, who make the gardens so beautiful to stroll through.

Here’s to a blooming good year ahead 🙂


February 2017
« Sep