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🙂


End of Season Working Party

Six members of the Friends of Jubilee Gardens Ely worked together on Wednesday 11th November in the Sensory Garden at this year’s last official Working Party.

The morning was warm and sunny; much weeding and bramble removal took place together with the planting of primroses, forget-me-nots and scented tulip bulbs. Two council members removed a couple of large overgrown Hebe shrubs adjoining the Scented Garden.

All work stopped at 11 am to observe two minutes silence to remember The Fallen.

November Working Party

November Working Party

Working Party Success

Happy Workers

Thank you so much to the 8 cheerful volunteers who came along to our Working Party in Jubilee Gardens on the morning of 14th October!

The sunny, autumnal morning encouraged us to do some heavy pruning and ground clearance in the Scented Garden.  This opened up an area which was planted with Perovskia, Bergenia, ornamental grasses and Sarcocoocca.  Sadly, a heavy shower of rain brought an end to our enthusiasm after an excellent morning’s work.

We’re all looking forward to seeing how it looks next year -:)

Successful First Working Party of the Year :)

Enthusiastic Working Party Volunteers

Enthusiastic Working Party Volunteers

Thank you to all the volunteers, who supported our Working Party in Jubilee Gardens last Wednesday, 11th March.

The weather was fine and volunteers helped the council team transplant iris and daffodils from an area at the Broad Street end, to be grassed over soon.

The next working party will be on Wednesday 8th April between 9.30 am and mid-day.  Hope to see you there!!

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