Gardens ready for Spring open day

April 2017

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(NOTE: This is an archived press release.)

The campus at Writtle University College is in full bloom and promises to give a beautiful show to NGS Open Gardens visitors this Spring.

On Thursday 11 May, members of the public will be welcomed onto the campus as part of the National Garden Scheme’s Open Gardens.

WUC has taken part in the event for twenty years, attracting local garden enthusiasts and those keen to explore the gardens and the ‘outdoor classroom’ staff and students have been cultivating for over 100 years.

To get ready for the day, Horticulture students at WUC have been busy nurturing the grounds by preparing a guided walk and carrying out maintenance with the help of the staff. It is important practical experience for the students, many of whom will go onto compete in the Young Gardeners of the Year competition at the Ideal Home Show, which WUC won this year.

Students and staff will be on-hand to guide people around the campus and show-off their hard work. With 15 acres to explore, visitors can admire the informal lawns, naturalised bulbs and wild flowers, whilst enjoying 1,300 different types of trees and 2,500 varieties of shrubs displayed in more then 165 borders across campus.

Visitors can also take inspiration from themed landscaped gardens including Hot and Spicy, the Rose Garden and a Centenary Garden, as well as exploring the impressive sub-tropical glasshouses.

Amenity Grounds Coordinator and Horticulture tutor Charlotte Power, commented on the unique setting of the campus: “The gardens at Writtle University College have been designed, built and cared for by our students over many years. This is a distinctive place to visit as the grounds here are primarily to provide education and a well-established research setting for students at all levels. We have over 10,000 plants and 70,000 bulbs meaning the campus thrives throughout the seasons. We look forward to welcoming everyone for this year’s open day.”

The gardens will be open from 10am – 4pm on Thursday 11 May, entry is £4 for adults and free for children. There will be light refreshments available or visitors can choose to visit the Lordship Tiptree Tea Room as part of their trip. Visitors should park in the student car park, following signs from the front entrance. For directions to, or further information about, Writtle University College please visit

Visits to the gardens can also be made by prior arrangement from May to October. For more information please contact Charlotte Power on 01245 424200 or email