Special Offers and Money Saving Ideas for Gardeners in 2016

I hope these money saving offers and ideas will inspire you to garden, encourage you to support local businesses and gardens, and save you money!

The Savill Garden, near Englefield Green, Windsor, as pictured in December. This lovely garden will be opening its doors for free to visitors throughout January and February 2016.

The Savill Garden, near Englefield Green, Windsor, as pictured in December. This lovely garden will be opening its doors for free to visitors throughout January and February 2016.

The Savill Garden, near Englefield Green, Windsor, TW20 0UJ, is opening its doors for free to visitors throughout January and February 2016.  For all the details, please click here.
Information for disabled visitors to The Savill Garden can be found here.

At Chiswick House gardens, Burlington Lane, Chiswick, London, W4 2RP, from Thursday 11th February 2016 until Sunday 13th March 2016, inside the Conservatory, there will be a Camellia Show, where visitors can see Chiswick House’s Camellia collection, believed to be the oldest collection under glass in the Western world.  The Camellia Show is open from 10am until 4pm, from Tuesday to Sunday (closed on Mondays) there’s no charge for visitors, though donations are very welcome, for all the details, please click here.
Information for disabled visitors to Chiswick House Gardens can be found here.

Ryton Gardens, Wolston Lane, Coventry, Warwickshire, CV8 3LG, the home of Garden Organic, are opening their doors to visitors for free until the 25th March 2016, when charges will resume for the season, for all the details, please click here.
Information for disabled visitors to Ryton Gardens, can be found here.

Becky Falls Woodland Park, Manaton, Newton Abbot, Devon, TQ13 9UG, are offering free entry to all Mothers accompanied by a full paying child, on Mothering Sunday, Sunday 6th March 2016.  For all the details, please click here.
Information for disabled visitors to Becky Falls Woodland Park can be found here.

Cliveden, Cliveden Road, Taplow, Maidenhead, Buckinghamshire, SL1 8NS, is offering free entry for Mothers visiting Cliveden with their children on Mother’s Day, Sunday 6th March 2016.  There will also be free wine tasting at Cliveden from 12 noon, with wines from Chiltern Valley Winery, for all the details, please click here.
Information for disabled visitors to Cliveden can be found by clicking here.

The Eden Project in Bodelva, Cornwall, PL24 2SG, is offering free entry to Mothers and Grandmothers on Mother’s Day, Sunday 6th March 2016, provided they are accompanied by at least one of their children or grandchildren.  Both Mothers and Grandmothers visiting The Eden Project on Mother’s Day will also receive a free cupcake!  For all the details, please click here.

Godstone Farm, Tilburstow Hill Road, Godstone, Surrey, RH9 8LX is offering free entry for Mothers on Mother’s Day, Sunday 6th March 2016.  Every Mother receives free entry, if they are accompanied by a child paying a full price entry fee.  If you book your tickets more than five days in advance, you’ll also receive 10% off your entry fee, for all the details, please click here.
Information for disabled visitors to Godstone Farm can be found by clicking here.

Hatchlands Park, East Clandon, Guildford, Surrey, GU4 7RT, are offering free entry to Mothers on Mother’s Day, Sunday 6th March 2016.  There’s also the opportunity of joining an arts and crafts activity, where you can make a gift for your Mother, for all the details, please click here.
Information for disabled visitors to Hatchlands Park, can be found by clicking here.

Leith Hill Place, Leith Hill Lane, Leith Hill, Surrey RH5 6LY, is offering free entry for Mothers and Grandmothers when accompanied by their children on Mother’s Day, Sunday 6th March 2016 (up to two free entries per family group).  For all the details, please click here.
Information for disabled visitors to Leith Hill Place can be found by clicking here.

Ness Botanic Gardens, Neston Road, Ness, Neston, South Wirral, CH64 4AY, is offering free entry for all Mothers on Mother’s Day, Sunday 6th March 2016.  Admission charges apply for other visitors to the gardens, for all the details, please click here.
Information for disabled visitors to Ness Botanic Gardens can be found by clicking here.

Daffodils at Painshill Landscape Garden in Cobham.

Daffodils at Painshill Landscape Garden in Cobham.

Painshill Landscape Garden, Portsmouth Road, Cobham, Surrey, KT11 1JE, is also offering free entry for Mothers when accompanied by their children on Mother’s Day, Sunday 6th March 2016.  Normal admission fees apply to other visitors.  For all the details, please click here.
Information for disabled visitors to Painshill Landscape Garden, can be found here.

The Savill Garden near Englefield Green and Windsor Castle, TW20 0UJ, (pictured at the top of the page), is also offering free entry to all Mothers on Mother’s Day, Sunday 6th March 2016, when accompanied by their family.  For all the details, please click here.
Information for disabled visitors to The Savill Garden can be found here.

The Big Sheep, Abbotsham, Bideford, Devon, EX39 5AP, is offering free entry to all Mothers accompanied by a full price paying child on Mother’s Day, Sunday 6th March 2016.  There’s also a free craft workshop where you can make a special gift for your Mum for all the details, please click here.
Information for disabled visitors to The Sheep can be found here.

Trentham Gardens, The Trentham Estate, Stone Road, Trentham, Stoke-on-Trent, Staffordshire, ST4 8AX, are offering free entry to Mothers, when they’re accompanied by a paying guest or annual ticket holder, on Mother’s Day, Sunday 6th March 2016.  For all the details, please click here.
Information for disabled visitors to Trentham Gardens, can be found here

The wonderful West Dean Gardens, West Dean, near Chichester, West Sussex, PO18 0RX, is offering free entry for Mothers on Mothering Sunday, Sunday 6th March 2016.  All Mothers visiting West Dean Gardens receive free entry to the gardens as well as some complimentary daffodils – how lovely!  Children also receive free entry to the gardens, for all the details, please click here.
Information for disabled visitors to West Dean Gardens, can be found by clicking here.

Winkworth Arboretum, Hascombe Road, Godalming, Surrey, GU8 4AD, are offering free entry to Mothers, when they are accompanied by their children on Mother’s Day, Sunday 6th March 2016.  For all the details, please click here.
Information for disabled visitors to Winkworth Arboretum can be found by clicking here.

Saturday 12th March 2016 is Disabled Access Day at Anne Hathaway’s Cottage and Gardens, 22 Cottage Lane, Shottery, Stratford-upon-Avon, CV37 9HH.  On Disabled Access Day, disabled visitors and their carers are invited to visit the gardens free of charge for this special day, so they can see all that the cottage and gardens have to offer.  For all the details, please click here.
Information for disabled visitors to Anne Hathaway’s Cottage and Gardens can be found here.

Saturday 12th March 2016 is Disabled Access Day at Dawyck Botanic Garden, Stobo, Near Peebles, Scottish Borders, EH45 9JU.  Quote ‘Disabled Access Day’ on arrival to receive free garden entry.  Advance booking is required if you wish to join an interesting tour of the Botanical Gardens at Dawyck, where you’ll be guided along the accessible paths to find out more about this beautiful garden, the walk starts at 2.15pm, for all the details, please click here.
Information for disabled visitors to Dawyck Botanic Garden can be found by clicking here.

Saturday 12th March 2016 is Disabled Access Day at the Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh, Inverleith Row/Arboretum Place, Edinburgh, EH3 5LR.  Quote ‘Disabled Access Day’ on arrival to receive free entry to the glasshouses and garden.  On this special day you have the chance to join sensory tours of the newly opened Botanic Cottage.  Advance booking is required if you wish to join one of three interesting tours of the Botanical Gardens at Edinburgh, each of which will take visitors along the accessible paths of this beautiful garden, ideal for those with hearing difficulties, visual impairments or mobility requirements, for all the details, please click here.
Information for disabled visitors to the Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh, can be found by clicking here.

Saturday 12th March 2016 is Disabled Access Day at Shuttleworth, Old Warden Aerodrome, near Biggleswade, Bedfordshire, SG18 9EP.  On Disabled Access Day, disabled visitors, and where applicable, their carers, are invited to visit The Collection and The Swiss Garden free of charge; children under 16 also visit for free when accompanied by an adult.  Pre-booking is appreciated, but not essential, for all the details, please click here.
Information for disabled visitors to Shuttleworth can be found here.

During National Gardening Week  Monday 11th April 2016 Sunday 17th April 2016, Tylney Hall Gardens in Hook, Hampshire, are offering guided tours of their gardens, the tours need to be booked in advance, there is a charge for the tour, for all the details, please click here.

As part of the celebrations for National Gardening Week, on Wednesday 13th April 2016, Stillingfleet Lodge Gardens, Stewart Lane, Stillingfleet, York, YO19 6HP, will be opening for free for visitors from 1pm until 5pm.  Garden owner Vanessa Cook and organic vegetable gardening expert Tony Chalcraft will be on hand in the gardens to answer your questions.  Stillingfleet Lodge have a nursery where you can purchase many of the plants you can see in the gardens, and refreshments are available in the cafe.  For all the details, please click here.

To celebrate National Gardening Week, on Thursday 14th April 2016, Knoll Gardens, Stapehill Road, Wimborne, Dorset, BN21 7ND, are offering a free yoga taster session in the gardens from 9am until 10am, as part of National Gardening Week’s Get Fit In The Garden Campaign.  There’s no charge for this event, but pre-booking is essential as places are limited, for all the details, please click here.
Information for disabled visitors to Knoll Gardens can be found here.

The celebrations for National Gardening Week continue, on Thursday 14th April 2016, The Kent Association for the Blind Sight Centre, London Road, Canterbury, CT2 8LF, are holding a special day where they will pass on tips, tricks and practical advice to help people with sight loss get back into gardening and gain more confidence in the garden.  There’s no charge to attend this helpful event, tea, coffee and biscuits will be provided, visitors are asked to bring their own lunch.  Places are limited and need to be booked in advance, for all the details, please click here.

RHS Garden Rosemoor in Devon will be opening its doors without charge to visitors, on the 15th April 2016, for the 2nd National Open Gardens Day.

RHS Garden Rosemoor in Devon will be opening its doors without charge to visitors, on the 15th April 2016, for the 2nd National Open Gardens Day.

The second National Open Gardens Day will be taking place on Friday 15th April 2016.  The Royal Horticultural Society‘s Gardens at Wisley in Surrey, Rosemoor in North Devon, Hyde Hall in Essex, and Harlow Carr in North Yorkshire, will all be opening their doors for free for this very special day.

These gardens will also be opening their doors for free for National Open Gardens Day on Friday 15th April 2016:  Borde Hill Garden in West Sussex, Cawdor Castle Gardens in Nairn, Dyffryn Gardens in the Vale of Glamorgan, Hill Close Gardens in Warwick, Hutton-in-the-Forest in Penrith, Kilver Court Gardens in Shepton Mallet, Lindors Country House Hotel in Gloucestershire, Mount Stuart on the Isle of Bute,   Raveningham Gardens in Norwich, Ripley Castle and Gardens in North Yorkshire, Stoke Poges Memorial Gardens in Slough, The People’s Community Garden in Ipswich and Wynyard Hall in Cleveland.  National Open Gardens Day is a lovely event, and a wonderful reason to take the day off work and enjoy visiting a beautiful garden.  For more details about the National Open Gardens Day, please click here.

RHS Garden Wisley in Surrey is opening for free on Friday 15th April 2016, as part of the National Open Gardens Day. The RHS offer free visits for schools to their gardens.

RHS Garden Wisley in Surrey is opening for free on Friday 15th April 2016, as part of the National Open Gardens Day. The RHS offer free visits for schools to their gardens.

On Sunday 22nd May 2016, Chiswick House Gardens will be opening their walled Kitchen Garden, an area of the gardens that is not usually open to the public, without charge.  The walled Kitchen Garden is open from 11am until 3pm, there’s no charge for visitors, produce from the garden, plants and herbs will be available to purchase, for all the details, please click here.
Information for disabled visitors to Chiswick House Gardens can be found here.

On Sunday 29th May 2016, Benmore Botanic Garden, Dunoon, Argyll, PA23 8QU is offering free entry to all visitors, from 12 noon until 4pm.  There will be a plant sale, craft fair, music and lots more at this special open day, for all the details, please click here.
Information for disabled visitors to Benmore Botanic Garden can be found by clicking here.

On Friday 3rd June 2016, in celebration of National Volunteers Week, Knoll Gardens, Stapehill Road, Wimborne, Dorset, BN21 7ND, are offering free entry to the gardens for all volunteers from 10am until 4pm today.  Please bring proof of your volunteer work with you, for all the details, please click here.
Information for disabled visitors to Knoll Gardens can be found here.

Leith Hill Place, Leith Hill Lane, Leith Hill, Surrey RH5 6LY, is hosting a family fun day and offering free entry for Fathers and Grandfathers when accompanied by their children on Father’s Day, Sunday 19th June 2016 (up to two free entries per family group).  Play a variety of garden games, including Croquet, Boules, Jenga and Connect 4, for all the details, please click here.
Information for disabled visitors to Leith Hill Place can be found by clicking here.

On Father’s Day, Sunday 19th June 2016Painshill Landscape Garden, Portsmouth Road, Cobham, Surrey, KT11 1JE, (pictured above), is offering free entry for Fathers when accompanied by their children.  Normal admission fees apply to other visitors.  For all the details, please click here.
Information for disabled visitors to Painshill Landscape Garden, can be found here

The Big Sheep, Abbotsham, Bideford, Devon, EX39 5AP, is offering free entry to all Fathers accompanied by a full price paying child on Father’s Day, Sunday 19th June 2016, for all the details, please click here.
Information for disabled visitors to The Sheep can be found here.

On Father’s Day, Sunday 19th June 2016The National Botanic Garden of Wales, Middleton Hall, Llanarthne, Carmarthenshire, SA32 8HN, is offering free entry to all Fathers, for all the details, please click here.
Information for disabled visitors to The National Botanic Garden of Wales can be found here.

The Savill Garden near Englefield Green and Windsor Castle, TW20 0UJ, (pictured at the start of this article), is also offering free entry to all Fathers on Father’s Day, Sunday 19th June 2016, when they visit the gardens with their family.  Parking charges still apply, for all the details, please click here.
Information for disabled visitors to The Savill Garden can be found here.

Winkworth Arboretum, Hascombe Road, Godalming, Surrey, GU8 4AD, are offering free entry to Fathers, when they are accompanied by their children on Father’s Day, Sunday 19th June 2016.  For all the details, please click here.
Information for disabled visitors to Winkworth Arboretum can be found by clicking here.

On Saturday 25th June 2016The Big Sheep, Abbotsham, Bideford, Devon, EX39 5AP, is offering free entry to all Armed Forces and their immediate family, this includes spouses and children.  Please show ID on arrival, for all the details, please click here.
Information for disabled visitors to The Sheep can be found here.

On Sunday 26th June 2016, Chiswick House Gardens will be opening their walled Kitchen Garden, an area of the gardens that is not usually open to the public, without charge.  The walled Kitchen Garden is open from 11am until 3pm, there’s no charge for visitors, produce from the garden, plants and herbs will be available to purchase, for all the details, please click here.
Information for disabled visitors to Chiswick House Gardens can be found here.

Sometimes visiting a garden on a special event day can save you money on your entry fee, for example, on Saturday 16th July 2016 and Sunday 17th July 2016Henbury Hall Gardens Plant Hunters’ Fair, Henbury, Macclesfield, Cheshire, SK11 9PJ.  This specialist plant fair is open from 10am until 5pm, entry to the fair, gardens and grounds is £2.50, which is half the standard entry price, for all the details, please click here.

On Saturday 30th July 2016, at Knoll Gardens, Stapehill Road, Wimborne, Dorset, BN21 7ND, Keith Powrie, a dedicated lepidopterist, will be leading a walk around Knoll Gardens, to help visitors identify the butterflies in the gardens as part of Butterfly Conservation‘s Big Butterfly Count.  There’s no charge for this event, but pre-booking is essential as places are limited, for all the details, please click here.
Information for disabled visitors to Knoll Gardens can be found here.

Heritage Open Days 2016

The 2016 Heritage Open Days will be held from Thursday 8th September 2016 to the Sunday 11th September 2016.  The Heritage Open Days are four very special days of the year, where you can experience local history, culture and architecture, visit special places which are normally closed to the public and enjoy free entry to places that charge an admission fee.  To read an article featuring my highlights of the 2016 Heritage Open Days, please click here.

More ways to save…………..

If you plan to visit a garden regularly it makes sense to become a member or friend.  Many of our wonderful local gardens offer great value offers – pay a yearly membership or become a friend of the garden or charitable organisation, and then visit the gardens as many times as you like, during opening times.  This is a lovely way to support a garden or charity as well as save money, if you visit regularly.  For details of beautiful and historic gardens in Surrey, Hampshire and West Sussex that offer friend or membership offers, please click here.

If you’re planning to visit a garden with a group of friends, you may be entitled to a group booking discount.  Often the minimum number of visitors to receive a group discount is ten, but this may vary, as each garden has its own rules.  You’ll need to book in advance to qualify for the discount – it’s worth remembering this when making your weekend or holiday plans.

Being organised and planning your trip in advance can often save you money.  Visitors to Alnwick Gardens, Northumberland, NE66 1NQ, can save 5% when booking their tickets online 24 hours in advance, for all the details, please click here.   Furthermore, if you validate your your Alnwick Castle tickets in Visitor Admissions, you can receive unlimited free entry during opening hours for 12 months, for all the details, please click here.
Information for disabled visitors to Alnwick Castle and Gardens can be found here.

Visitors to The Botanical Gardens, Kew can purchase their tickets online ahead of time, not only saving money, but saving time by avoiding any queues as well.  Tickets purchased online are valid for any day, within 30 days of the selected date of visit, for all the details, please click here.
Information for disabled visitors to The Royal Botanical Gardens, Kew, can be found here.

The Eden Project in Bodelva, Cornwall, PL24 2SG, offer Advance Tickets, which you can purchase online ahead of your visit, saving 10%.  When purchasing Advance Tickets for Eden, you select a ‘start date’ from which your tickets will be valid for 28 days.  Furthermore, if you select ‘donate your entry fee’ when you checkout, you’ll receive a free annual pass!  For all the details, please click here.
Information for disabled visitors to The Eden Project, can be found here.

Hampton Court Palace, Surrey, KT8 9AU, offer visitors the chance to make a saving when booking tickets in advance online.  Advance tickets are valid for seven days from the date selected, for all the details, please click here.
Information for disabled visitors to Hampton Court Palace can be found here.

Kensington Palace, London, W8 4PX, also offer a discount to visitors booking their tickets in advance online.  Children under 16 can visit for free, advance tickets are valid for seven days from the date selected, for all the details, please click here.
Information for disabled visitors to Kensington Palace can be found here.

West Dean Gardens, West Dean, near Chichester, West Sussex. PO18 0RX, hold an amazing Chilli Fiesta each year with the opportunity to see many different varieties of chilli growing in the restored glasshouses at West Dean, there’s also live music, cookery demonstrations, gardening demonstrations, an array of chilli inspired foods and much more – this is a really great, fun event!  This year West Dean are holding their Chilli Fiesta from Friday 5th August 2016 to Sunday 7th August 2016, early bird tickets are now available offering visitors a 20% saving booking online in advance of the event, for all the details, please click here.
Information for disabled visitors to West Dean Gardens can be found here.

Sometimes if you live near a garden you can save money as a visitor, residents of Richmond, Kingston-upon-Thames, Hammersmith and Fulham, Wandsworth and Hounslow, can visit The Botanical Gardens, Kew, at a reduced rate on Tuesdays.  This special offer can’t be booked online – do remember to bring proof of residence with you when visiting the garden if you want to take up this special offer.  For more details, please click here.
Information for disabled visitors to The Royal Botanical Gardens, Kew, can be found here.

The Eden Project in Bodelva, Cornwall, PL24 2SG, offer a special Locals’ Pass offering reduced entry for residents of Devon and Cornwall throughout the year.  The Locals’ Pass is only available for purchase from 1st November 2015 until 7th March 2016, for all the details, please click here.
Information for disabled visitors to The Eden Project can be found here.

Many gardens now offer visitors a discount if they travel by public transport, walk or cycle to visit their garden.  The Eden Project offer a Green Travel Discount for visitors who walk, cycle, or travel by public transport to their garden, for all the details, please click here.  The Royal Horticultural Society also offer a discount if you travel by cycle or public transport to their gardens, for details of this offer at Harlow Carr in YorkshireHyde Hall in EssexRosemoor in Devon and Wisley in Surrey.

Some gardens or attractions offer combined entry ticket offers, Bowood House and Gardens, Calne, Wiltshire, SN11 0LZ and the Woodland Gardens, a separate woodland Rhododendron Garden at Bowood, offer a combined ticket offer, for all the details, please click here.
Information for disabled visitors to Bowood House and Gardens and the Woodland Gardens can be found here.

The Eden Project, in Bodelva, Cornwall, PL24 2SG, and The Lost Gardens of Heligan, in Pentewan, St. Austell, Cornwall, PL26 6EN, offer a combined entry ticket – you don’t need to visit both the gardens within the same day – there’s a 28 day window, for all the details, please click here.
Information for disabled visitors to the Lost Gardens of Heligan, can be found here.
Information for disabled visitors to The Eden Project, can be found here.

Hampton Court Palace offer discounted entry to serving members of the armed forces. .

Hampton Court Palace offer discounted entry to serving members of the armed forces. .

Becky Falls Woodland Park, Manaton, Newton Abbot, Devon, TQ13 9UG, offer free entry to serving military personnel, on production of a valid military ID card on the day of their visit.
Information for disabled visitors to Becky Falls Woodland Park can be found here.

Serving members of the armed forces can receive a discounted entry price to Hampton Court Palace and The Tower of London on production of a valid military ID card on the day of their visit.  The discount applies only to the card holder, not to other family members.

Borde Hill Garden in West Sussex, offer free entry and a £5 meal voucher to bus drivers. Borde Hill Garden also offer free entry to organisers of group visits, for all the details, please click here.
Information for disabled visitors to Borde Hill Garden can be found here.

The Royal Horticultural Society offers free visits for schools to its gardens, RHS Garden Harlow Carr in North Yorkshire, RHS Garden Hyde Hall in Essex, RHS Garden Rosemoor in Devon and RHS Garden Wisley in Surrey.  These free visits give children the opportunity to experience practical horticulture, art and science in the inspiring setting of a beautiful RHS Garden.  For more details, please click here.

The RHS Campaign For School Gardening is an initiative to encourage schools to develop and actively use a school garden.  It’s free for schools to register and each school receives a free start up kit too, there’s information and resources for teachers and more.  For more details, please click here.

RHS Garden Wisley in Surrey is opening for free on Friday 15th April 2016, as part of the National Open Gardens Day. The RHS offer free visits for schools to their gardens.

RHS Garden Wisley in Surrey is opening for free on Friday 15th April 2016, as part of the National Open Gardens Day. The RHS offer free visits for schools to their gardens.

Blue Peter Badge holders can receive a discount at many different gardens and attractions, at The Eden Project in Cornwall, Blue Peter Badge holders of between 6 and 15 years of age can enter the gardens for free when they are accompanied by an adult with an adult or family ticket, for all the details, please click here.
Information for disabled visitors to The Eden Project can be found here.
More information about the full range of attractions that Blue Peter Badge Holders can visit for free can be found here.

It’s very easy to spend more money than you intended on plants, seeds or tools, they are such lovely things to buy!  We have many local plant sales, fetes, fairs and other wonderful opportunities to purchase locally grown plants from local charities and organisations or rare, coveted plants from specialist nurseries.  Local plant and seed swaps are great places to get new plants and seeds for free and a lovely way to make new friends.  For more details of local plant fairs, festivals, fetes, swaps and sales, please click here.

As I’ve mentioned before, it’s wonderful to collect your own seeds, from yours or your friends’ gardens, though do ask permission first!

If you’re buying seed, prices vary – it’s worth noting the number of seeds in each pack when making your comparisons.  Some amazing special offers can be found, especially towards the end of the season, from about August onwards, when seeds are often reduced to half price or less.

Visit for free!

We’re lucky to have so many beautiful places to visit for free, here are just a few of the special places that offer free entry to visitors:

Box Hill in Surrey, pictured in December.

Box Hill in Surrey, pictured in December.

Box Hill in Tadworth, Surrey, KT20 7LB, is cared for by the National Trust, it’s a great place for nature lovers; look out for the Adonis blue butterfly and the bee orchid, both of which can be found here.  Box Hill enjoys fantastic views across the countryside, there are lots of walks you can take to make the most of the views and explore the area.
Information for disabled visitors can be found by clicking here.

Chiswick House gardens, Burlington Lane, Chiswick, London, W4 2RP, these restored 18th Century gardens, created by Lord Burlington and William Kent, are open daily from 7am until 4.30pm.  There’s no charge for visitors to the gardens, for all the details, please click here.
Information for disabled visitors to Chiswick House Gardens can be found here.

Guildford Castle Grounds, Castle Street, Guildford, GU1 3UW, are so well tended and maintained, featuring many colourful bedding displays, they are a lovely quiet spot to relax and unwind in the busy town centre. The gardens are open throughout the year, from 8am until dusk.  Some parts of the castle grounds have steps and are rather steep, making access difficult or impossible for disabled visitors in these areas, other areas are more manageable for disabled visitors.  Do take care, although the ground surface is smooth, it is also very steep in places.

Guildford Castle Gardens in springtime.

Guildford Castle Gardens in springtime.

The National Trust look after Runnymede, Windsor Road, near Old Windsor, Surrey, SL4 2JL, they offer free entry to visitors, do remember that car park charges will apply (National Trust Members don’t pay for the car park). Runnymede is the location where King John sealed the Magna Carta, 800 years ago on 15th June 1215.  You’ll find carpets of bluebells in May, whatever time of year you visit, take time to visit the Ankerwycke yew, the National Trust’s oldest tree, which is estimated to be 2,500 years old.
Information for disabled visitors can be found here, together with details of the facilities offered.

Farnham Castle Keep, English Heritage, Castle Street, Farnham, Surrey, GU9 0AG, is free to visit.
Information for disabled visitors can be found by clicking here.

Wolvesey Castle (Old Bishop’s Palace), Winchester, Hampshire, SO23 9NB, is cared for by English Heritage, the extensive ruins of the palace are free to visit.
Information for disabled visitors to Wolvesey Castle can be found here.

Try finding useful gardening items for free!

There’s an Allotment Swaps group on Facebook where you can arrange to swap things for free with fellow group members.  Also on Facebook is the Plant Swaps UK group.

Give away your unwanted gardening items and collect useful items that others no longer need

There are many local groups you can join to offer, donate or collect unwanted gardening items, or indeed just about anything, for free.  One man’s unwanted bricks, paving slabs, turf, top soil, bird bath or pots, are another man’s treasure!  Here are some links to local groups offering all kinds of household or garden items for free collection:

For the Guildford FreelyWheely Group Page, please click here.

For Gumtree, please click here.

Local Freecycle Groups:

For the Epsom Freecycle Group, please click here.

For the Farnham Freecyle Group, please click here.

For the Guildford Freecycle Group, please click here.

For the Godalming Freecycle Group, please click here.

For the Surrey Heath Freecycle Group, please click here.

Here’s some links to local Freegle Groups:

For the Burgess Hill Freegle Group, please click here.

For the Burgess Hill Grow your Own Freegle Group, please click here.

For the Camberley and Surrey Heath Freegle Group, please click here.

For the Farnborough and Aldershot Freegle Group, please click here.

For the Guildford Freegle Group, please click here.

For the Uckfield and Heathfield Freegle Group, please click here.

For the Woking Freegle Group, please click here.

National giveaway groups:

For the My Skip website, please click here.

Other articles that may interest you………….

For tips and advice to help you if you’re gardening on a budget, please click here.

For details of 2016 specialist plant fairs, festivals, sales and swaps, please click here.

For details of beautiful, interesting, important and historic gardens to visit in Surrey, Sussex and Hampshire – these gardens all offer membership offers, please click here.

To read about carnivorous plants, please click here.

For gardening advice and tips of what you could do in your garden, or at your allotment, from mid-January through until mid-February, please click here.

For information of beautiful gardens with large collections of Daffodils and details of Daffodil Events for 2016, please click here.

For gardening advice and tips of what you could do in your garden or at your allotment in February, please click here.

For gardening advice and tips of what you could do in your garden or at your allotment from mid-February to mid-March, please click here.

For gardening advice and tips of what you could do in your garden or at your allotment from mid-March to mid-April, please click here.

For gardening advice and tips of what you could do in your garden or at your allotment from mid-April to mid-May, please click here.

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