Local manure/mulch suppliers

1. Pam Mitchell, The Grange, Murrells Lane, Hockley (Tel. 01702 207491) has a very good, old supply of manure. If you ring her first, giving a couple of days’ notice, she will arrange for a load to be brought to her farm gate to ease bagging up.

2. We have another provider of free manure, chemical free, in Barling, near Wakering:
Tel. 01702 219835

3. Julie Davis has a large, well rotted manure pile in Great Wakering, ready to be taken away and put to good use, with good vehicle access. You can help yourself to a bagful, a car load or a lorry load if you want it, but please contact her first to arrange a time as her yard is kept locked for security reasons. Julie says she can’t say it’s organic, but she has run her land along organic guidelines, so there have been no sprays, medicines, etc. used and all their livestock were fed on organic feed, with no growth promoters or hexane, so it is completely safe for organic vegetables, etc. Her number is 0774 210 7855.

4. Mandy Chaplin’s free rotten manure is a mixture of horse, donkey, goat and pig. Her animals are fed an organic diet. You can help yourself to as much or as little as you want. Please ring Debbie on 07449 314 914 (Ashingdon).

5. Brook House Farm is a recycling centre just off the Five Bells roundabout on the A13 at Basildon. It recycles wood mostly from local tree fellers into logs, biofuels, bark chippings, mulch and compost and has a huge pile of excellent compost selling at £1 a bag or it can arrange truckloads for those needing larger amounts. Many of their customers bring a sieve to make sure they get the very best and finest into their bag. Please contact Bea Byford: brookhousefarmfobbing@gmail.com

6. Well rotted horse manure (Rochford). Danielle also has fresh horse manure to use in compost bins. Please contact Danielle Neadley; danielleneadley@gmail.com

7. Hockley Equestrian Centre, Church Road, Hockley, SS5 6AE: 01702 207166, 07748 490985.

8. Chicken manure (off Fairfax Drive), bagged and ready for collection. If anyone is interested, please call Anita on 07910 215 227.

SE Essex Seed Potato Day: Saturday 27 February 2016, 10am – 2pm

Venue: Growing Together Westcliff – please use the entrance in Prittlewell Chase, Westcliff-on-Sea SS0 9AG (corner of Fairfax Drive and Prittlewell Chase).

Approximately 40 varieties of seed potato (some organic) sold individually per tuber (price to be confirmed), plus some onion sets.

Please check website for updates:

Free admission

Refreshments available

First Early seed potatoes ordered for February 2016 – harvest around July:
First Early varieties are quick-growing, cropping in around ten weeks. Not recommended for storage. A good choice to avoid potato late blight.

Accent, Colleen (organic), Epicure, Foremost, Home Guard, Lady Cristl, Orla (organic), Red Duke of York, Rocket, Ulster Prince (also good drought resistance), Ulster Sceptre, Winston

Second Early seed potatoes ordered for February 2016 – harvest around August:
Second Earlies can be eaten young as new potatoes or left to grow bigger, and lifted as required for fresh Summer use, or storage.

Anya, Blue Kestrel, Bonnie, British Queen (organic), Charlotte (organic), Kestrel, Marfona, Maris Peer (organic), Salad Blue, Wilja

Early Maincrop seed potatoes ordered for February 2016 – harvest around September:
Amour, Apache, Bambino (organic), Blue Belle, Desiree (organic), Highland Burgundy Red, International Kidney, Maris Piper, Nicola, Pentland Dell, Picasso, Rooster, Setanta (organic)

Late Maincrop seed potatoes ordered for February 2016 – harvest around September/October:
These varieties take the longest time to grow, and will give large yields of potatoes which can be stored for several months.

Arrran Victory (organic), Cara (organic), Golden Wonder (organic), Kerr’s Pink, Linda (organic), Pink Fir Apple, Sarpo Axona, Sarpo Mira (organic), Valor

Onion set varieties to be confirmed later.

Useful links:

East Anglia Potato Day: http://eapd.btck.co.uk/
Potato Council Variety Database: http://varieties.ahdb.org.uk/
The Organic Gardening Catalogue: http://www.organiccatalogue.com/
Alan Romans”Guide to Seed Potato Varieties’ is available to buy via our website (4th edition) or via our meetings at Growing Together Westcliff.

14 August 2015

Free Family Fun at the Big Bug day!


Free family activity day

at St Laurence Orchard, Eastwoodbury Lane, Southend-on-Sea, SS2 6UY

Monday 3rd August, 11am-2pm

Explore the orchard , join in with bug hunting and nature activities.

No need to book, just drop in anytime between 11am and 2pm.

Honey: the bee colouring-in activity

For those of you have stalls and events coming up, this simple activity sheet could be useful if you can provide some colouring crayons or pens.


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Courtesy of Friends of the Earth