• What to see in February

    Here are two of the eagerly awaited arrivals of an English Spring – the Primrose and the Snowdrop. Arriving right on queue on 27th January in our Public Gardens .

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  • Sad News about our dear friend Marjorie Hunt

    Marjorie Hunt, such a familiar figure in the Gardens for many years died in the first few days of January. Marjorie had a distinguished career in nursing and was for many years a much loved Ward Sister at the Royal London Hospital. She retired to Braintree and became a pillar of St. Peter’s Church in Bocking, […]

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  • Wildlife Report Jan 2016

    Wild Life Area Report  Following the October Opening of the Wildlife Area, we now give a progress report so far. The bird feeders have had a rough time, being continually raided by grey squirrels. So far I have replaced 2 and one has disappeared, but at last it seems I might have got on top […]

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  • What to see in the Gardens in January

    Good Morning everybody and a very Happy 2016 to  you. I have walked round the gardens wracking my brains to suggest things to look at in January, which are special! All I think of to say is come to the Gardens now because they are all special. To the North of the Wildlife area, a […]

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  • Seen from the Wildlife Hide – December 2015

    10th December          Long Tailed Tit 14th December          Heron 15th December          Heron 18th December          Jay, Collared Dove, 2 Robins (singing) 18th December           Coaltit (heard), Willow tit ?, 20th December           Carrion Crow, Male Blackbird 22nd December           Goldcrest near the Hornbeam (tree no 50)

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  • Christmas Raffle 2015

    The Raffle was drawn on Saturday 12th December and the winners were S/C Cottage in Aldeburgh to sleep 8 – Georgie Machell   – Maurice Young £50 Restaurant Voucher – Restaurant 47 Rayne – T/no 7829 – Brian Cutmore Photographic Family Portrait – Barratt & Coe, Witham T/no 3072 – Katrina Cook (Parc) Ladies Pink & […]

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  • What to see in the Gardens in December.

    Of course December is not a great month for spectacular sights in an Essex garden, however there is a surprising amount to see – the Viburnums flowering away in the bed just past the War Memorial.. In the bed just North of the John Ray Garden is an evergreen Lavatera – Mallow bush, with its purple trumpet shaped flowers. […]

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  • Christmas Raffle 2015

    One of the most important sources of funds for the Gardens is the Christmas Raffle, which this year is being run in conjunction with Parc Play and Resource Centre – Reg Charity No 1065854 – another well respected Braintree charity. Tickets are £5 per book of 5 tickets. The prizes include: One week s/c holiday in Southwold […]

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  • Friends Supper 2015

    About 70 Friends of the Gardens sat down to Supper on Friday 20th November at Howard Hall. A delicious meal was cooked and provided  by members of the Friends Committee, under the leadership of Eve Boatman. We were entertained by Anthony Bygraves, son of Max, with some wonderful reminiscences of his father’s life in the […]

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  • New Guide Book to the Gardens Launched

    A booklet – The Trees and Loved Ones Commemorated in Braintree and Bocking Public Gardens – A Guided Tour of the Gardens was launched on 29th October 2015. Designed as a companion and alternative to the Tree Recognition Scheme for those without mobile phones and wanting something to read instead, it is available from the […]

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