24 January 2014
Eastfield Garden Centre Wins Finalists Award

Eastfield Garden Centre is celebrating after winning a finalists award in a Christmas award scheme run by Garden Trade News.

Eastfield was shortlisted in The Greatest Garden Centre Team at Christmas category of the publication’s The Great Christmas Awards.

Joan Stephenson from Eastfield Garden Centre said: “This was the first time that we entered the awards and we are delighted to have become finalists.

It was very special for us because the award was based on feedback from our customers. One customer even went as far as writing that our grotto and Christmas display was so ‘awesome’ that it made her want to cry!”

“We would like to thank all the customers who voted for us and gave such positive and glowing comments, and our staff who worked very hard putting the Christmas display together,” she added.

 


22 November 2013

Santa’s Reindeer To Visit Eastfield Garden Centre

Two of Santa’s reindeer will be making a special appearance at Eastfield Garden Centre in Bridlington over the weekend of November 30 and December 1.

During their stay at the garden centre, Dancer and Prancer will live in a specially built pen where they can be seen between 10am and 4pm on the Saturday and Sunday.

Brian Stephenson from Eastfield Garden Centre said: “When the reindeer have been here in past years we’ve had a brilliant response from our customers, and even from September this year they began asking when the reindeer would be coming again.”

The reindeer’s visit will coincide with the opening of Eastfield’s Santa’s grotto, which will raise money for the North Wolds Lions to distribute to causes in the area.


22 November 2013
Eastfield Garden Centre Supports Christmas Tree Festival

Eastfield Garden Centre is supporting Bridlington Rotary Club’s Christmas Tree Festival by donating a 20ft tree that will stand at the entrance to the event.

The festival, which is one of the biggest displays of its kind in the north of England, will be held at St John’s Burlington Methodist Church in St John’s Street from December 6 to 8.

Brian Stephenson, from Eastfield Garden Centre, said: “We are delighted to support the Rotary Club with their community event and wish them every success with the festival.”

Entrance to the festival is free and members of the Rotary Club will be collecting donations for Marie Curie Cancer Care.

 


 

22 November 2013
Eastfield Garden Centre To Support Christmas Appeal

Eastfield Garden Centre in Bridlington is helping to ensure that no child in the area is left without a present on Christmas morning.

Eastfield has joined forces with the Cash for Kids charity by suppporting its “Mission Christmas” appeal and providing a drop-off point at the garden centre for visitors to leave gifts for local disadvantaged children.

Cash for Kids says that one in three children in East Yorkshire and North Lincolnshire lives in poverty. To date it has received over 4,000 applications from social services, hospices, and shelters, asking it to help specific children.

Joan Stephenson from Eastfield Garden Centre said: “The charity is looking for presents and gifts for children from a few months old through to 17-year-olds. Ideal gifts would be items such as books and puzzles, clothing, and toiletry sets. The appeal helped 6,400 children last year and is hoping to support even more this year, so all donations will be very much appreciated.”

Anyone who would like to suppport the appeal should leave unwrapped presents at Eastfield Garden Centre’s drop off point before 18 December. People are requested not to leave sweets or chocolate as some of the children have special dietary requirements.

 


Eastfield Garden Centre Launches Christmas Fundraising For The Lions

Eastfield Garden Centre is hoping to break all previous years’ records with its Christmas fundraising for the North Wolds Lions.

Eastfield’s owners Brian, Joan and Michael Stephenson are supporting the Lions by donating thousands of presents for Santa to give to children who visited the garden centre’s grotto during a recent Christmas launch evening and also during each weekend in December until Christmas. All the money raised from people who make a contribution to see Santa will be donated to the Lions to distribute to local causes.

Joan Stephenson said: “When we began our Christmas fundraising for the Lions in 2009 we raised £600 and in the following years we raised £938, £2,130 and £2,518. Although we appreciate that times are difficult we do hope that people will rally round once again, support such a worthy cause and help us to set a new fundraising record.”

Eastfeld’s Chritmas fundraising will help to finance Lions’ activities such as arranging coach tours for the over 65s, supporting school trips, and providing wheelchairs for people in need.

North Wolds Lions representative Olwyn Morley said: “We are extremely grateful to Eastfield Garden Centre for the support they have given us over the years and we are delighted that they have chosen us again for their Christmas fundraising.”

Visitors to the garden centre will find Santa’s grotto in Eastfield’s biggest ever Christmas display. It includes a specially created Victorian street of shops that has been designed by Joan Stephenson, who took inspiration from visits to Estonia and Austria.

 

 


 

30 August 2013

Bridlington Garden Centre Shortlisted For National Retail Award

 

A Bridlington garden centre’s ‘green’ commitment has led to it reaching the national finals of an awards scheme to highlight the best of the garden retail industry.

Eastfield Garden Centre has been shortlisted in the Greenest Garden Centre category of the Garden Retail Awards 2013 after investing £600,000 in a biomass boiler and two wind turbines to meet its hot water, heating and electricity needs in a move which has made Eastfield become virtually carbon zero rated.

The biomass boiler burns rape straw from an adjacent farm and has reduced the garden centre’s heating costs by about 95%. Eastfield previously used about 40,000 litres of oil a year to heat over 2,000 square metres of retail and office space at the centre.

Brian Stephenson, of Eastfield Garden Centre, said: “Burning rape straw rather than oil is more environmentally friendly because it only releases the same amount of carbon dioxide that the straw absorbed in the first place, so biomass is counted as a low or zero net carbon fuel.”

The wind turbines are producing an average of 320,000 kilowatts of electricity per year to meet the needs of the garden centre, with any over capacity being sold back to the grid.

“When you take into account the electricity we sell back to the grid, produced from a renewable source, this makes us virtually zero carbon rated for electricity as well,” said Mr Stephenson.

Eastfield also recycles over 85 percent of its waste. This includes cardboard and plastic, pallets, glass, tins, and waste organic garden products. The garden centre also provides book and clothes banks so that customers can donate items for recycling.

Eastfield is currently investigating water conservation and rainwater re-use, together with ways of utilising borehole water for additional supplies.

The garden centre will find out whether it has gained the national award when representatives attend an awards dinner and presentation at the Grosvenor House hotel in Park Lane, London on November 5.

 

 

 


 

24 July 2013

Celebrate Yorkshire Day With Eastfield Garden Centre

A Bridlington garden centre will be giving visitors a real taste of Yorkshire when it celebrates Yorkshire Day on Thursday August 1.

Eastfield Garden Centre will be holding food tastings in its Fine Foods Hall centred around local produce. Visitors will have the opportunity to sample delicacies such as the finest Yorkshire cheeses through to Yorkshire produced pork pies.

The garden centre’s Autumn Bliss café and Potting Shed restaurant will also be following the Yorkshire Day theme by offering customers home baked traditional Yorkshire fayre.

Joan Stephenson, from Eastfield Garden Centre, said; “We are proud to be part of Yorkshire and to promote what the county has to offer. Although Eastfield Garden Centre celebrates local produce every day of the year, August 1 presents a great excuse to blow the trumpet even louder for the great food and drink that is available on our doorstep.”

The garden centre will be open from 8.30 am to 5.30 pm.

 


 

19 July 2013

Tremendous Response To Hedgehog Rescue Centre Appeal

Members of the public have rallied round to support an appeal by Eastfield Garden Centre in Bridlington to help an East Yorkshire hedgehog rescue centre by donating hundreds of towels, tins of pet food, hot water bottles, kitchen rolls and newspapers.

Emma Fetches, who runs the Hog Cabin rescue centre in Hutton Cranswick, said: “The donations we have received have helped enormously. I have collected car loads of supplies from Eastfield Garden Centre and this has meant that we have been able to reallocate the money we normally spend on these items to buy 11 outdoor runs to help acclimatise the hedgehogs for their return to the wild.”

“The response from Eastfield Garden Centre’s customers has been brilliant and I can’t thank them enough. Although we have been able to release over 70 fully recovered hedgehogs back into the wild recently, there are some that we have to keep at the Hog Cabin for the rest of their lives as they would be unable to survive due to their injuries and disabilities,” she added.

The appeal has been so successful that Eastfield Garden Centre will continue to keep collection points near the tills so that visitors can donate further supplies. If people want to donate tinned pet food for the hedgehogs the type they eat is chicken or turkey varieties of dog or cat food.

Brian Stephenson, from Eastfield Garden Centre, said: “We are delighted with the response from our customers to the appeal. As the Hog Cabin’s work is ongoing it makes sense that we continue to collect for them.”

 


 

1 May 2013
Coeliac Support Group Representative To Give Advice At Eastfield Garden Centre

Eastfield Garden Centre has joined forces with a support group in the area to make people aware of coeliac disease, an autoimmune disease caused by intolerance to gluten.

On Sunday May 19, Hazel Arnold, Treasurer of the Scarborough and Ryedale District Coeliac Support Group, will be available at the garden centre to hand out leaflets and offer advice about the disease.

She said: “Eastfield Garden Centre is one of the few businesses in the area to sell gluten free products so it’s a good location to spread awareness of coeliac disease. Anyone who suffers with symptoms such as diarrhoea, prolonged fatigue, bloating, abdominal pain and vomiting can go to their doctors to be tested for the disease.

“ People who are diagnosed and who then go on a gluten free diet find that they have far more energy and much better health. The difference is incredible and if we can help just one person then the day at Eastfield Garden Centre will have been worth it.”

Gluten is found in products containing wheat, barley, oats and rye such as bread, pasta, breakfast cereals, flour, pizza bases, cakes and biscuits, soups, sauces, ready meals and processed food such as sausages.

One in 100 people have coeliac disease but misdiagnosis is high and a quarter of patients with an irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) diagnosis actually have coeliac disease.

 


16 January 2013

 

Eastfield Garden Centre’s Fundraising For The Lions Breaks All Previous Records

Eastfield Garden Centre’s Christmas fundraising once again broke all the garden centre’s previous records by raising £2,518 for the North Wolds Lions to distribute to local causes.

Eastfield Garden Centre’s owners Brian, Joan and Michael Stephenson donated thousands of presents for Santa to give to children who visited the garden centre’s grotto, and all the money raised from people who made a contribution to visit Santa was donated to the Lions.

Michael Stephenson said: “We began our Christmas fundraising for the Lions in 2009 and raised £600. We have beaten that record each year and for Christmas 2012 we raised £2,518 compared to £2,130 in 2011. To comfortably beat the previous record in these recessionary times is truly amazing and we would like to thank everyone who donated to such a worthy cause.”

North Wolds Lions representative Olwyn Morley said: “We are extremely grateful to Eastfield Garden Centre for the support they have given us over the years and are delighted that another record amount has been raised once again.”

The money will be distributed in the area to finance Lions’ activities such as arranging coach tours for the over 65s, supporting school trips, and providing wheelchairs for people in need.

 


 

16 November 2012
Santa’s Reindeer To Make Special 
Appearance at Eastfield Garden Centre

Two of Santa’s reindeer will be making a special appearance at Eastfield Garden Centre over the weekend of December 1 and 2.

During their stay at the garden centre, the reindeer will live in a specially built pen where they can be seen between 10 am and 5 pm on the Saturday and 10 am to 4 pm on the Sunday.

Brian Stephenson from Eastfield Garden Centre said: “We had reindeer at the garden centre for the first time last year and because they proved to be so popular and everyone really loved seeing them we decided to bring them back again this year.”

The reindeer’s visit will coincide with the opening of Eastfield’s Santa’s grotto, which will raise money for the North Wolds Lions to distribute to causes in the area.

 

 


25 September 2012

Eastfield Garden Centre To Celebrate National Potato Week

Eastfield Garden Centre will be celebrating National Potato Week (1st-7th October) by showing how people can create low cost, tasty and nutricious meals during these difficult economic times.

Eastfield Catering Manager Gerry Griffey said: “The potato is a real value for money vegetable and there are many meals that can be made from any left overs, so nothing needs to be wasted.”

“During Potato Week I will be showing how the potato is our most versatile vegetable by creating a selection of meals to add to our restaurant menus. These will feature marquis potatoes, potato hotpot, Swiss Rosti, dauphine potatoes and also a few surprises,” he added.

As well as serving up various potato dishes during the week, Gerry will also be available to talk to visitors at the garden centre on Saturday 6 October to share ideas, answer questions and hand out recipe sheets.

Eastfield Garden Centre will also have potato vodka tastings, and displays of planted and seed potatoes.


 

18 July 2012
Eastfield Garden Centre Raises £759 For RNLI

A Champagne & Roses charity evening hosted by Eastfield Garden Centre on behalf of the Bishop Burton Countrywomen’s Association raised £759 for the Bridlington branch of the RNLI.

Guests at the Association’s annual fund-raising event enjoyed a sparkling wine reception followed by a two-course meal in the garden centre’s Potting Shed café. In keeping with the theme of the evening, raffle prizes included champagne, sparking rosé wine and roses. Eastfield Garden Centre Plants Manager Gavin Charter and General Manager Peter Crowther also gave a talk about different varieties of rose.

 


 

8 March 2012
Eastfield Garden Centre Installs Biomass Boiler

Eastfield Garden Centre has reduced its heating costs by about 75% after installing a biomass boiler that is burning rape straw from an adjacent farm.

The garden centre previously used about 40,000 litres of oil a year to heat 2,000 square metres of retail and office space at the centre.

Eastfield owner Brian Stephenson said: “Instead of burning oil we are now using about 200 tonnes of rape straw a year. This is a waste product from the oil seed rape crop and would otherwise have been ploughed back into the land.”

“Burning rape straw rather than oil is considered to be more environmentally friendly because it only releases the same amount of carbon dioxide that the straw absorbed in the first place, so biomass is counted as a low or zero net carbon fuel,” he added.

The new 300kw boiler is housed in a purpose-built plant room and is providing hot water as well as heating.

 


 

13 January 2012
Garden Centre’s Fundraising Produces Record Amount For The Lions

Eastfield Garden Centre’s Christmas fundraising has proved to be a roaring success for the North Wolds Lions – it broke all previous records by raising £2,130 for the Lions to distribute to local causes.

Eastfield owners Brian, Joan and Michael Stephenson donated thousands of presents for Santa to give to children who visited the garden centre’s grotto, and all the money raised from people who made a contribution to see Santa was donated to the Lions.

“The grotto fundraising this year is more than double the amount of £938 which we raised last year. We would like to thank everyone who donated to help us achieve this record amount for such a worthy cause,” said Brian Stephenson.

North Wolds Lions representative Olwyn Morley said: “We are extremely grateful to Eastfield Garden Centre for the support they have given us over the years and are delighted that so much has been raised this year.”

The money will be distributed in the area to finance Lions’ activities such as arranging coach tours for the over 65s, supporting school trips, and providing wheelchairs for people in need.

 


 

7 December 2011
Charlie Dimmock To Visit Eastfield Garden Centre

Members of the public will get the chance to meet celebrity TV gardener Charlie Dimmock when she makes a guest appearance at Eastfield Garden Centre in Bridlington on Saturday 17 December.

Charlie, who stars as Fairy Organic in the Spa Theatre’s Christmas panto Jack and the Beanstalk, will take some time out of her busy schedule to visit the garden centre on Easton Road.

Eastfield owner Joan Stephenson said: “Charlie will be calling in at 11.30am  to have a look around our Christmas displays and she will also announce the winner of a competition we are running to draw a picture of the reindeer which will be staying at the garden centre on December 3 and 4.”

Eastfield Garden Centre was linked to the Spa Theatre’s Jack and the Beanstalk panto earlier this year when it donated 5,000 beans and pots for school children who were challenged to grow thousands of beanstalks for the panto.

 


 

24 November 2011
Eastfield Garden Centre Launches Fund Raising Drive For RNLI

Eastfield Garden Centre is hoping to raise hundreds of pounds for the Bridlington RNLI following the launch of a Christmas fund raising appeal.

Visitors to the garden centre are being invited to make a minimum donation of £1 to write a festive message on greetings cards that are then attached to baubles decorating a large Christmas tree in the centre.

Andy Brompton, Deputy Launch Authority for the Bridlington RNLI, said: “The RNLI relies entirely on fund raising and donations and we need to raise
thousands of pounds each year for fuel, crew training and the general upkeep of the lifeboats and station. Just one launch of the lifeboat costs several thousand pounds and so far this year we have had 40 launches and have gone to the assistance of 34 people.”

“We have an all-weather and inshore lifeboat and our costs are rising all the time so it’s vital that we have the continued support of the public and businesses. We hope that other businesses in the area will follow Eastfield Garden Centre’s example,” he added.

Joan Stephenson, of Eastfield Garden Centre, said: “We are pleased to be supporting the RNLI in Bridlington and were surprised to hear that they receive no funding from the Government. We hope that our customers will rally round and help to fill the tree with messages. These could be anything from festive greetings through to people’s hopes for the coming year.”

In Bridlington the RNLI has 28 volunteer workers, including a core of 19 people who make themselves available to crew the two lifeboats in all weather conditions.

 


 

17 November 2011
Santa’s Reindeer To Take Weekend Break At Eastfield Garden Centre

Two of Santa’s reindeer, Dasher and Prancer, will be making a special appearance at Eastfield Garden Centre on December 3 and 4 as they take a break ahead of their hectic Christmas present delivery schedule.

Children aged 10 and under will have the chance to enter a competition to draw a picture of the reindeer, with the winning entry receiving a Christmas stocking filled with sweets, together with a £20 gift voucher for their parents.

During their weekend at the garden centre, Dasher and Prancer will live in a specially built pen and visitors will be able to see them between 10 am and 4 pm.

“We decided to have the reindeer at Eastfield Garden Centre to bring some early festive cheer. Visitors will be able to pet them and give them some of their favourite food, chopped carrots,” said Eastfield owner Brian Stephenson.

The reindeer’s visit will coincide with the opening of Eastfield’s Santa’s grotto, which will raise money for the North Wolds Lions to distribute to causes in the area.

 


 

7 October 2011
Eastfield Garden Centre to Give Away Wild Bird Food

To highlight the importance of feeding wild birds to help them to survive the cold winter months Eastfield Garden Centre is giving away hundreds of fat balls during the weekend of 29 and 30 October.

The RSPB has designated October 29 as national “Feed The Birds Day” and the garden centre is supporting this national day by giving away 100 bags, each containing six fat balls, on a first-come, first-served basis.

Staff and volunteers from the Bempton branch of the RSPB will also be at the garden centre during the weekend to hand out information packs and leaflets and to give advice to the public.

Carole Hebden, of Eastfield Garden Centre, said: “We gave away some free packs of wild bird seed and fat balls last year to encourage people to feed garden birds. The fat balls and seed went really quickly, which shows that people are more than willing to do their bit to help the wild birds that visit their gardens.

“Each year we are seeing an increase in sales of wild bird food so it’s evident that the message is getting through that tasty treats like fat balls and seed mixes can provide the birds with the energy they need to survive the cold. We are delighted that our fat balls suppliers, Tom Chambers, are supporting us in this event.”

 

 


 

23 September 2011
Eastfield Garden Centre Hopes to Beat Fundraising Record

Eastfield Garden Centre is hoping to beat its festive fundraising record for the North Wolds Lions when it launches its Christmas activities on October 12.

Garden centre owners Brian and Joan Stephenson will be donating thousands of presents for Santa to give to children who visit the garden centre’s grotto on the launch evening and then during each weekend in December until Christmas, and all the money raised from people who make a contribution to see Santa will be donated to the Lions to distribute to local causes.

Joan Stephenson said: “When we began our Christmas fundraising for the Lions in 2009 we raised £600. Last year we beat that record by raising £938, despite the bad weather we experienced just before Christmas, and this year we are hoping to do even better. Every donation made will help us to achieve a new fundraising record.”

Eastfield’s Christmas fundraising will help to finance Lion’s activities such as arranging coach tours for the over 65s, supporting school trips, and providing wheelchairs for people in need.

The garden centre’s Christmas launch begins at 6.30pm on October 12 and Santa is due to arrive on his sleigh at 7pm. There will be free festive food and drink tastings in the food hall and live music.

 


 

Birds of Prey to Fly at Eastfield Garden Centre

Eastfield Garden Centre owner Brian Stephenson is pictured (right) getting close up and personal with Jaffa, a six-year-old European eagle owl, who will be one of the main attractions at a birds of prey display being held at the garden centre on September 10.

The free event will be held between 1pm and 3pm and will include flying displays, educational talks and the opportunity for people to handle the birds. Visitors can also buy a photograph of themselves with the birds for £2.50, with all proceeds going to caring for wild disabled birds of prey.

As well as Jaffa, also putting in an appearance at Eastfield Garden Centre will be a Peregrine falcon, barn owl, kestrel, red tailed hawk and a Bengalese eagle owl, all from the Park Rose Birds of Prey Centre.

Brian Stephenson said: “Our birds of prey display highlights the fact that we are far more than just a garden centre selling plants and gardening equipment. We are always looking to provide something different for visitors and we hope that this event will be the first of many different attractions to come.”

Karl Black of the Birds of Prey Centre (pictured left) said that this was the first time that the birds had ever flown in a garden centre. “It’s an excellent way of bringing these magnificent birds to people’s attention and it’s also great for Bridlington that two local businesses are working together like this.”

 

 


 

1 June 2011
Former Head Gardener At Televised Gardens Joins Eastfield Garden Centre

A man who looked after the televised gardens of the late Geoff Hamilton, who was BBC Gardeners’ World longest-serving presenter, has been appointed General Plant Manager at Eastfield Garden Centre.

Gavin Charter spent three years working at Barnsdale Gardens in Rutland, the gardens shown every week to viewers of Gardeners’ World during the 1990s. He began as garden supervisor and later became head gardener.

Gavin, who has joined the garden centre after 10 years with a Scarborough garden centre, started his career in gardening 22 years ago, beginning with a Driffield landscaping company and then attending Askham Bryan College in York where he gained a HND in Horticulture and then a BSc in land management and technology.

Gavin, who lives in Hunmanby, near Filey, said he is delighted to have joined Eastfield Garden Centre and is looking forward to increasing the centre’s range of plants.

 

 


 

 

21 April 2011
Eastfield Garden Centre Says Cheese To The Royal Wedding

People visiting Eastfield garden centre on April 29 will be able to celebrate the Royal wedding by sampling a wedding cake with a difference.

Owner Joan Stephenson and employee Linda Wardlow carried out some extensive research before coming up with their very own cake recipe which involved taking 34lbs of cheese and adding figs, grapes, strawberries and chillies – with ivy and flowers to complete the decorations.

The five-tier cake, topped with a heart shaped brie, will be cut at 11am on April 29, with slices being handed out throughout the day. Cheese lovers will be able to sample the following cheeses which make up the layers – blue stilton, French triple cream cheese, aged Red Leicester, Cornish cheddar wrapped in nettle leaves, and farmhouse mature cheddar.

With Kate and William very much in mind, Joan Stephenson explained some of the thinking behind her selections for the cake adornments: “Our research showed that blue flowers represent tranquillity, harmony and love, strawberries are for perfect goodness, whilst ivy represents fidelity and friendship.”

“I’m very pleased with how the cake has turned out and we hope that plenty of people will come along on the day to sample it and celebrate the Royal wedding with us,” she added.

 


 

13 April 2011
Free Easter Egg Hunt at Eastfield Garden Centre

Children visiting us on Easter Monday will have the chance to root out free Easter eggs.

We will be hiding 500 mini eggs around the site for the children to discover. The free to enter Easter Egg Hunt will take place between 10am and 3pm and is open to all accompanied children under the age of 11.

Laura Mills, of Eastfield Garden Centre, said: “The eggs will be hidden in all areas of the garden centre apart from our café and coffee bar. To make sure that all the children have a fair chance of finding some eggs we will be hiding them on a staggered basis throughout the day.”

 


 

 

3 March 2011
Eastfield Garden Centre Seeks Local Suppliers

Eastfield Garden Centre is urging local suppliers to get in touch to do business with them.

Eastfield Garden Centre on Easton Road is making the appeal after seeing strong demand from customers for goods already being supplied by local companies.

Brian Stephenson, owner of Eastfield Garden Centre, said: “We currently deal with about 20 companies from the area who are mainly supplying a wide range of food products. We would be interested in hearing from more companies if they can supply good quality ranges, which will be popular with our customers.”

“We are happy to support businesses in the area whenever it is feasible. Products made locally tend to be more environmentally friendly because they are not travelling long distances, resulting in higher fuel costs, and increased pollution and packaging,” he added.

The latest company from the area to trade with Eastfield Garden Centre is Recycling Resources of Kirkburn, Driffield, which supplies environmentally-friendly wood briquettes made from locally sourced clean wood waste.

Mark Horncastle of Recycling Resources said: “We are delighted to be trading with Eastfield Garden Centre. Our briquettes are proving to be very popular with their customers, with several tons having already been sold.”

 


 

3 February 2011
Eastfield Garden Centre Give Away Packs of Fat Balls

Following the recent record-breaking harsh winter months,Eastfield garden centre is urging people to feed the wild birds that visit their gardens, particularly to help them cope if the Arctic conditions return.

To encourage residents to look after garden birds, we’re giving away hundreds of fat balls to people visiting the centre on Saturday, 19 February. 100 bags, each containing six fat balls, will be handed out on a first-come, first-served basis.

Linda Wardlow, of Eastfield Garden Centre, said: “We gave away some free packs of wild bird seed in October to encourage people to feed garden birds. The free seed went really quickly, which shows that people are prepared to help but then in November and December we had some of the harshest weather we have ever seen and it will have taken a real toll on the birds.

“Now by giving away the fat balls we are hoping that people can help those birds that did survive and also help prepare them for any more really bad weather that may come along. Tasty treats like fat balls and seed mixes in birdfeeders or on bird tables can provide birds with the energy they need to survive the cold.”

 

 


13 January 2011
Record Amount Raised for Lions

 

Our  Christmas grotto has helped to raise a record amount of £938 for North Wolds Lions to distribute to local causes.

Owners Brian and Joan Stephenson donated thousands of presents for Santa to give to children who visited our grotto, and all money raised from people who made a contribution to see Santa has been donated to the Lions.

North Wolds Lions representative Olwyn Morley said: “We are delighted that such a large amount has been raised and are grateful to Eastfield Garden Centre for generously donating the Christmas grotto presents.”

“The Lions fund raising at Eastfield Garden Centre during the previous Christmas raised £600, and we are delighted that so much more has been raised this time, despite the bad weather,” he added.

The money we donated will help to finance Lions’ activities such as arranging coach tours for the over 65s, supporting school trips, and providing wheelchairs for people in need.

 


18 November 2010
Garden Centre Donates Plants And Shrubs For Flamborough Pre-School Wildlife Garden

A generous donation of plants and shrubs to Children and teachers at Flamborough Pre-School means that they are able to create a wildlife garden at the rear of the school.

Diane Villani, Manager of Flamborough Pre-School, said: “We are delighted that Eastfield Garden Centre has donated these plants and shrubs. The children will be helping with the planting and by next Spring our new wildlife garden will be starting to flourish.  We have been teaching the children about wildlife and now they will be able to see different types of butterflies, insects and birds once the plants begin to mature.”

Eastfield Garden Centre has provided a range of plants and shrubs that produce flowers and berries that attract birds, insects, butterflies and bees. These include buddleia, cotoneaster, lavender, hebes, skimmia and pyracantha.


10 November 2010
Help For Heroes Charity Draw

Tickets are now on sale at Eastfield Garden Centre for a prize draw in support of one of our employees, Gillian Stenton, who is raising funds for the Help For Heroes charity after her stepson was killed in Afghanistan.

We have donated over £600 worth of prizes for the draw to help Gillian raise funds in memory of her stepson Matthew Stenton who died in July at the age of 23 on his first tour of Afghanistan.

Tickets for the prize draw are only £1 and the draw will take place at Eastfield Garden Centre on Saturday December 4. We have donated a mahogany bench worth £350, companion set furniture worth £200, a £100 chiminea outdoor oven, and a Christmas hamper.

 


 

14 October 2010
Eastfield Garden Centre Gives Away Bags of Bird Seed

Visitors to Eastfield Garden Centre will be able to do their bit to support Britain’s bird population by handing out free bags of wild bird seed to people visiting the centre on Saturday October 30.

The RSPB has designated October 30 as national “Feed The Birds Day” and Eastfield has decided to support the initiative by giving away 100 bags of wild bird seed to visitors on a first come, first served basis.

Olwyn Morley, of Eastfield Garden Centre, said: “We are supporting Feed The Birds Day to remind people that our wild birds are a very important asset to our gardens and we need to do all we can to help them to get through the cold winter months.”

“The RSPB have reported that many popular birds, from the sparrow through to the kestrel and cuckoo, need urgent action to protect them from decline so it is important that we all do our bit to help them,” he added.