What a fantastic job our volunteer gardeners do in keeping our park in bloom year round. The team of 20 or more have finished for the winter but usually meet every Friday (and lots of other times in between). The well kept flower beds greet visitors to Hardie Park and are often commented on by those passing through.

There have been a few new developments this year, a lovely hydrangea bed near the children’s playground and a sunflower bed along the path. The bulbs and winter bedding have been planted so come springtime the park should look amazing. It’s year two for the bluebells, fingers crossed more should appear this year.

Not all the gardeners meet at the same time but often get together for a catch up. Their Xmas lunch is booked and we are sure we will see them in the cafe for coffee and a sausage roll over the winter.

Enjoy a well earned rest and we look forward to enjoying the park with you next year!

Contact details: Hardie Park Cafe, Hardie Road, Stanford-le-Hope, Essex. SS17 0PB Phone: Rob Groves: 07935 868835 Email: info@friendsofhardiepark.co.uk Twitter: www.twitter.com/LoveHardiePark Facebook: www.facebook.com/LoveHardiePark