Become a FRIEND of the gardens

By becoming a friend of the Garden you can help keep this public space free for the community to enjoy

It costs £15 or £25 for a couple, for a years subscription to the Friends and your main benefit will be the knowledge you are helping to keep these beautiful gardens, not only going but improving from year to year. If you are an UK Taxpayer, you can also agree for the Friends of the Gardens to claim gift aid on your subscription or donation,


Contrary to popular belief, the Jewel in the Crown of Braintree and Bocking’s amenities – the Public Gardens receives no public funding whatsoever.

They are maintained by the Trustees from the much diminished endowment fund, from the rent from the Gardens Coffeehouse, from receipts from tennis playing, and by far the most important source – the subscriptions from The Friends of the Gardens. The Gardens currently run at a deficit of from £10 – £15,000 each year. This has to be up made up from fund raising activities by the Trustees and The Friends Committee. The Christmas Raffle, The Little Legs Festival, Concerts like Rock in the Park., Collections at the Band Concerts, Supper parties, Quiz evenings Etc.all play their part.

How - sign up today

If you would like to support us and our work at the gardens, maintaining, running events and keeping it free for the public to use, please become a friend.


Your details

Once you send the form, one of our trustees will be in contact to confirm your membership and payment of your donation

More information

Do you have questions about The Friends of the Public Gardens?

Call Mrs. Eve Boatman on 01376 321147

Trustees : J. Courtauld (Chair); D. Bowtell; M. Butler; Dr. H. Carter; G. Canvin, M. Cornell, S. Pertwee, A. Pritchard
Registered Charity 212989

Volunteering in the Gardens

If you feel able to give some time to working in the Gardens, you will be more than welcome. In the first instance please email Marian Mallett – or ring 01376 347107