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Barleylands Farm Park Wins Prestigious National Award for Their Work in Education

Barleylands Farm Park in Billericay, Essex has won the Clarissa Dickson Wright Award at the 2021 Countryside Alliance Awards

Barleylands Farm Park based in Billericay, Essex, announced today that it has been named as the national winner of the Clarissa Dickson Wright Award at the 2021 Countryside Alliance Awards. The award was created in 2013 to celebrate businesses that are enthusiastic about education and wish to ignite a passion for food. It was therefore the farm’s education programme, which sees nearly 20,000 children visit every year, that sparked particular interest from the judges.

Walking the Southend Coastline

Walking the Southend Coastline

We’re lucky to have some Great British Coastline in and around Southend. Whether it’s a short stroll, or a big adventure, we have a station and route to get you where you want to be. The total route from Shoeburyness to Leigh-on-Sea is approximately 7.5 miles and will take roughly 2.5 hours, we have also split the route into smaller chunks depending on how far you want to go. Stopping at ice cream shops, cafes, fish and chip shops and even the pub is encouraged.

Barleylands Education Team Hold First Visits of the Year

Barleylands Education Team Hold First Visits of the Year

Unfortunately due to the Coronavirus pandemic, many children have missed out on the opportunity to take part in educational visits over the past fourteen months. Learning outside the classroom however is a fantastic way to create rich, engaging experiences and bring the curriculum to life for young minds.

The Magic Mushroom Restaurant in Billericay, Essex celebrates its 25th Anniversary

The Magic Mushroom Restaurant in Billericay, Essex celebrates its 25th Anniversary

The Magic Mushroom Restaurant at Barleylands in Billericay, Essex was first opened on 27 May 1996 by Restaurateur Darren Bennett (pictured) and yesterday marked the 25 year anniversary of that day - now that's an achievement!

Perrywood Tiptree's Coffee Shop & Restaurant Team Purchase 130 Fans for Colchester Hospital

Perrywood Tiptree's Coffee Shop & Restaurant Team Purchase 130 Fans for Colchester Hospital

Last week, Perrywood Tiptree delivered 130 new fans to the wards at Colchester Hospital. These were purchased with money collected in tips by the Coffee Shop & Restaurant team. Every year, the team very kindly donate all their tips to charity.

Essex & Suffolk Businesses set to Showcase Allotment Garden at the RHS Hampton Court Garden Festival

Essex & Suffolk Businesses set to Showcase Allotment Garden at the RHS Hampton Court Garden Festival

Perrywood Garden Centre is supporting Suffolk based designer and author Lucy Hutchings with her edible allotment garden. It’s an exciting design that will be brought to life at the RHS Hampton Court Garden Festival in July.

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Perrywood Garden Centre Reduces CO² Emissions

As part of its sustainability drive, Perrywood Tiptree have worked with CambridgeHOK to install three brand new Air Source Heat Pumps (ASHPs). These will save an estimated 79 tonnes of CO² emissions a year, which is the equivalent to the average yearly emissions of ten people in the UK.

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Perrywood Tiptree Helps Communities to Get Growing in 2021

Across Essex, we have seen more than ever the joy and therapeutic benefits that gardening can bring to people’s lives. Perrywood aims to get more people growing in 2021. They will be supporting two charities and a community interest company who use gardening to help vulnerable groups, including refugees, the unemployed, adults with mental health issues and children.

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Perrywood Garden Centre Raises Over £10,000 for Charity and Ends the Year with Some Festive Cheer

In spite of 2020 being a challenging year, Perrywood Tiptree has raised over £10,000 for its charities of the year. This year, they are Colchester & Ipswich Hospitals Charity, Kids Inspire and Greenfingers Charity. The funds were raised throughout the year across a range of activities involving staff and customers.

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c2c Celebrates its Local Community Heroes

South Essex train operator c2c has recognised the efforts its community has made during the coronavirus crisis with a Local Heroes awards scheme.

c2c Local Heroes

c2c Local Hero Competition

Nominate your local community hero

We’ve seen great community spirit over the last few months as people have gone above and beyond to help others out during the Coronavirus crisis, and c2c Rail would like to say thank you to those people, but they need your help.