The BBCS encourages public interest in the beauty, history and character of Braintree and the surrounding area and encourages the preservation of features of historic interest. The Society holds regular history walks and lectures and has a growing body of original publications including a new booklet about the history of the Gardens, available to purchase soon in the coffee shop and on this website.
The lively and welcoming Braintree Museum examines the development of the town from prehistory to the present, focusing on the industries of Courtaulds, Warner & Sons and Crittalls, with additional displays of Castle Hedingham pottery, the work of the Great Bardfield artists, and Essex straw and lace. The Museum is a popular destination for school trips and holds events throughout the year, including a colourful program for children. There is a friendly play/crafts area for children available at all times, and easy-access toilets and changing facilities. The pleasant and reasonably-priced shop has original gifts and toys. Your ticket allows free repeat visits within the month.
Parks & Gardens UK lists information on historic parks, gardens and other green open spaces throughout the UK. Search their ever-expanding database of over 6,500 parks and gardens and 2,000 biographies of the key people in their creation and development, and read about ongoing conservation and restoration projects. The School Zone has ideas and activities to encourage the interest of children and young people in their local parks.
Essex Wildlife Trust The Essex Wildlife Trust is the Flagship organisation for all matters to do with Nature and the Environment in Essex.