Expert Advice for Gardeners

Garden lovers were in their element at a fundraiser in aid of the Thanet Pilgrims Hospice when William and Louise Friend, of East Northdown Farm and Gardens, offered guided garden tours for the charity.
There were also refreshments at the nursery tearoom, Taddy’s Barn, with tea and cake. Taddy’s Barn is operated by the Looking Ahead project, which provides training for young adults with special educational needs, who help around the nursery, gardens and workshops, and in caring for animals.

Advice for Gardeners

Hugo Meynall School children choose their Christmas tree.

Will started to cut Christmas Trees at Mucklestone last week , Pupils from Hugo Meynall School, Loggerheads, ‘went down to the woods’ to choose and cut their tree. – an 8ft Nordman Fir.

Pupils learn the their Firs from their Spruces from Will

Pupils learn the their Firs from their Spruces from Will

a frosty morn in Mucklestone Woods

a frosty morn in Mucklestone Woods

Mucklestone Woods

Mucklestone Woods- Will talks of Maples, Birch and Rowans, foxs , badgers and doormice

Mucklestone Woods

Mucklestone Woods

8ft Nordman fir tree

Will Cutting the tree chosen tree -8ft Nordman Fir.

Nursery is open daily to the general public between 10am and 4pm (in winter) and grows a variety of types of Christmas tree sold at both Mucklestone Nurseries and East Northdown Farm in Margate.  The trees are grown sustainably in the woodlands which are managed for their biodiversity under a woodland improvement scheme. Firs (Abies) species grow grown wild in mixed broadleaved forests around the nnorthern hemisphere, in the shaded understory, until a gap appears in the tree canopy above. Will’s growing system is designed to mimic nature’s natural growing environment for the Firs.

William Friend said, ‘We have started cutting our trees ready for Christmas. The wet season has suited them, and they are look great. We give Christmas trees to our local schools and churches, in both Mucklestone and Northdown, and supply a wide range of local friends, nieghbours , customers and businesses in both areas, who like to buy one of our ‘home grown’ tree from us each year.

To reserve or purchase your Christmas Tree, please contact William or Louise Friend, or staff, on:-
01630 674284 (Mucklestone), mobile 07714241668 (/7), e-mail: info@botanyplants.co.uk. or  01843 862060 (Kent).

Friend family Coach

This is the old family coach , that spent 50 years in the barn at East Northdown Cottage , home of the last Northdown Coachman , Jack Durst and then his daughter Winnie Conway  from the time that Northdown Park was given to the Borough of Margate in 1937 until the sale of the cottage , following the Conway’s death in 1985 . Mr. Miles acquired the Coach from us on the premise that he was going to restore it as the focal point of the proposed Coach House Museum . No such Museum ever opened , and the fate of the coach is unknown.