Supporting Charities and our Community

Schools in Bloom Competition

The Meadow Croft Schools in Bloom competition began as a way to support schools in outdoor provisions as well as encouraging children to garden at school and at home. It also offers schools the change to use free plants to brighten up any areas they felt like planting, and to help form the basis for school gardening.

Every year, Meadow Croft invites local schools within a 5 mile radius, to enter the Schools in Bloom Competition. Plants are delivered to the participating schools in early April. School then have until the beginning of July to grow the plants and display them in whatever containers, styles or pots they choose, ready to be judged by the Schools in Bloom panel. The winner receives a £100 Meadow Croft voucher to spend on gardening provisions or plants for their school.

The competition, which is in its 10th year, has seen some amazing efforts from the children.

If you are a school staff member or volunteer and would like to enter your school into this year’s competition to be in with the chance of winning a £100 Meadow Croft voucher for your school, please contact Ann on events@meadow-croft.co.uk for more information.


Local Schools

Each year we set an allocated budget to help local schools with their fundraising. If you are a member of a local schools PTA group, please get in contact because we may be able to help you with your raffle prizes or gardening donations. Please contact Jane on meadowcroftadmin@wdsmith.com for more information.

Charity Donations

Every year for our festivals or events, we try and incorporate a charity to donate to. In 2017, we donated 10% of all Lavender and Lavender food sales during our Lavender Festival to the Lavender Trust, a charity that helps female cancer patients. In 2018, we managed to raise over £830 for the trust.

For the 2016 German Market, we also created a wishing well for Little Haven’s Hospice, all proceeds from the well went to the charity, and hopefully granted some wishes too. In 2020, we were proud to announce that we manage to raise and donate £4733.58 to the Lennox Children’s Cancer Fund.

We also take part in the National Christmas Jumper Day and Meadow Croft donates £5 to Save the Children for each staff member that wears a jumper to work. In 2021, we raised £136.50!

 

2018 Competition

Every year schools within a 5 mile radius of Meadow Croft are invited to take part in the competition.  Seedlings are delivered in April and the schools grow the plants to produce their gardens ready for judging in July.

The schools this year were asked to come up with themed gardens and they did not disappoint!  The judges said ‘It has been a pleasure to see all the gardens.  The children have clearly worked very hard and their efforts could give Chelsea Flower Show a run for their money!’

First place went to Collingwood School for their 'Collingwood Bay' themed garden, complete with beach, boat and sail shelter.  Well done to all the children and their adult helpers for creating literally something out of nothing!

Second place went to Hilltop Infants for their 'Caring and Sharing Garden'. All the children took a plug plant home to look after until they were ready to plant into their container garden and the containers were all distributed to the neighbouring houses to the school.

Third place went to Little Darwin's Nursery.  The children had created a bath-themed garden and it was very well cared for.

This year, the Meadow Croft Young Gardener of the Year Award for outstanding contributions to school gardening went to Imogen S from Rayleigh Primary School. 

The schools that entered this year were:

Little Darwin's Nursery, Hilltop Infant School, Collingwood Primary School, Woodville Primary School, Our Lady of Ransom Catholic Primary School, East Hanningfield Primary School, Riverside Primary School, Rettendon Primary School and Rayleigh Primary School.

If you are a school staff member or volunteer and would like to enter your school into this year’s competition to be in with a chance of winning a £100 Meadow Croft voucher for your school, please contact Jane for more information on 01245 320314.


Charity Donations

Every year for our festivals or events, we try and incorporate a charity to donate to.  In 2017 we donated 10% of all Lavender and Lavender food sales during our Lavender Festival to the Lavender Trust, a charity that helps female cancer patients. This year we managed to raise over £830 for the trust. 

For the 2016 German Market, we also created a wishing well for Little Haven’s Hospice, and all proceeds from the well went to the charity, and hopefully granted some wishes too.  We also take part in the National Christmas Jumper Day and Meadow Croft donates £5 to Save the Children for each staff member that wears a Christmas jumper to work.

 


Supporting Local Youth Football

We are proud sponsors of South Woodham Ferrers United Y U15 Leopards and

 we support youth football by providing Meadow Bank Park and football pitch for the youth teams, which is based at Meadow Croft. 


Our 10th Hole is not just for families and children...⁠

You can come for a bit of afternoon garden centre shopping, grab yourself a sweet treat, glass of prosecco and a beer, and have a nice relaxed drink sat in the sun ☀️????⁠

Fancy mini golf for two followed by a nice cold Crouch Vale Beer, and a glass of Prosecco for the bargain price of £10? ⁠

Come along!⁠

#The10thHole #MiniGolf #DaysOut #MeadowCroftGardenCentre⁠
THIS WEEKEND ONLY!!⁠

FREE Egg Chair Cover (worth £19.99) & FREE Egg Chair Solar Lights (worth £24.99) when you buy the London, Montreal or Corsica Single Egg Chair. ⁠

You cannot miss this... ⁠

#SpecialOffer #EggChair⁠

???????? Ceanothus In Bloom ????????⁠

⭐ 25% OFF THIS WEEKEND ONLY ⭐⁠

Ceanothus looks beautiful this time of year. It’s a stunning sight, smothered in flowers in shades that range from powder blue to deep azure.⁠

Comes in many varieties, sizes and shapes. Very easy to look after if in good quality soil. ⁠

Amazing for the wildlife, especially bees ???? ⁠

It's common name is Californian Lilac. ⁠

#ceanothus #californianlilac #meadowcroftgardencentre #specialoffer
???? Croton ????⁠

Croton are beautiful house plants, grown for their bold and striking foliage. They’re also known as Joseph’s coat as their thick, oval, pointed leaves are splashed with many colours, including red, pink, burgundy, orange, yellow and green.⁠

Crotons need need plenty of bright light, a consistently warm spot and high humidity. They can take some direct sunshine but keep them away from direct midday sun. ⁠

Keep the soil moist at all times from spring to autumn. Use tepid water and make sure any excess has drained away. Water less in winter, allowing the top few centimetres of compost to dry out between watering.⁠

Mist the leaves daily with tepid water.⁠

Feed every two weeks with a balanced house plant fertiliser.⁠

Wipe the leaves occasionally with a damp cloth to remove dust.⁠

???? Brighten up your home or office, come and pick yours up from our Houseplant Department ⁠????⁠

#croton #houseplants #meadowcroftgardencentre #meadowcrofthouseplants
Alstroemeria (Peruvian lily) ????⁠

A popular garden border plant as it is hardy & easy to grow. ⁠
They look fantastic in a sunny border amongst other perennials and shrubs, especially roses. Also ideal for growing in pots. ⁠

The flowers are highly attractive to bees and pollinating insects. ????⁠

Once flowers have faded, rather than just cutting off the dead head, remove the whole stem by gently pulling it from the base of the clump – this stimulates new growth. ⁠

#alstroemeria #meadowcroftgardencentre
Tickets are going fast! ⁠

Come along to our Rodeo Roundup Breakfast with this well-known Cowboy & Cowgirl ????⁠

Tuesday 31st May ⁠
9am - 10am ⁠

Each child will get breakfast, a drink and our Cowboy & Cowgirl will walk around to meet and greet each table. You'll have a morning full of memories and lots of photo opportunities. ????⁠

£12 per child.⁠

Tickets must be pre-booked.⁠

Adults go free and are welcome to order their own breakfast on the day! Maximum of 2 adults per booking. ⁠

Secure your place today!⁠ ⁠
https://www.ticketsource.co.uk/meadow-croft-garden-centre⁠

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???????? OUTDOOR LIVING JUBILEE BONANZA ????????⁠

We're holding a Jubilee Bonanza 25% off event across our Outdoor Living Department!*⁠

You'll be able to get 25% off selected ranges* ⁠
⭐Hartman Garden Furniture Sets ⁠
⭐Egg Chairs ⁠
⭐Fire Pits⁠ & Chimineas⁠
⭐Water Features⁠
⭐Cadac BBQ's & Accessories⁠

*whilst stocks last⁠

Friday 20th May - Sunday 5th June Only ⁠

???? Get your garden Jubilee ready and fit for a Queen ????⁠

Share this post, spread the word, come along and grab your bargains!!
World Bee Day ????⁠

#worldbeeday #meadowcroftgardencentre
We've had a huge delivery of gorgeous Roses ????⁠

???? You can get roses in Tree, Bush, Shrub, Patio, Rambling and Climbing varieties. ⁠
???? You can plant a rose for all occasions.⁠
???? Perfect to give as a gift.⁠
???? Fill any outdoor space with colour and fragrance.⁠
???? Interesting for beneficial insects such as bees and hoverflies.⁠

Now is the right time to get your roses, just in time for them looking great!⁠

Come along and browse our beautiful rose garden at the back of our outdoor plant area. ⁠

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???????? The Queen's Platinum Jubilee ????????⁠

Get yourselves Jubilee ready with our lovely selection of Jubilee products. ⁠

Pick up some Fabulous Farmhouse Pickle, Classy Caramelised Onion Chutney or perhaps something sweet might take your fancy - Lush Lemon Curd, British Strawberry Jam and Marvellous Orange Marmalade. ⁠

Have tea with the Queen with our Luxury Tea Collection from the English Tea Shop or have the Best of British Elderflower Cordial. ⁠

Why not pick up some collectable memorabilia by Alison Gardiner? She has created an illustrated fine bone china mug to commemorate the day. Only 5000 are being sold worldwide, so it makes the perfect royal souvenir! ⁠

We've got everything you need to have the best Jubilee Afternoon Tea celebrations. ⁠

#queensplatinumjubilee #platinumjubilee #meadowcroftgardencentre
???? Clematis - The Queen of Climbers ????⁠

Clematis produce masses of flowers in a wide variety of shapes and colours. With careful selection, it’s possible to enjoy their blooms throughout the year, and with plants suited to growing on walls and fences, up obelisks and pergolas, into trees, in containers and even in a mixed border, it is easy to see why these versatile plants are one of the most popular in gardens. ⁠

For those will little garden space, clematis provide a good way of maximising what is available and still bringing colour! ⁠

Whether it's a Spring flowering, Summer/Autumn flowering or Winter flowering variety you would like, we have hundreds in stock for you to choose from, so come along and choose your Queen of Climbers. ⁠

#clematis #queenofclimbers #climbers #meadowcroftgardencentre
Press Day at the Chelsea Flower Show! ????????⁠

Pictured is a stand in memory of our dear friend Peter Seabrook.⁠

We're delighted to have been able to provide a hanging basket full of Meadow Croft Grown Basket Plants ????⁠

#ChelseaFlowerShow #peterseabrook #RHS #FlowerShow #ShowGardens #Plants #Planting #HangingBasket ⁠

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