The Walled Garden
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Stubbers Adventure Centre

There is almost 700 years of documented history at Stubbers.
The earliest document dates back to 1334, this was on the title deeds of the Land.  The estate was named after the Yeoman farmer called William Stubbers – who lived here from 1438 to 1463. 

Before 1563 the land and house was owed by Cathemayde, a wealthy merchant and then Robert Warren. It was the Warren family who sold the estate for £320 to their brother-in-law Robert Coys.

It is Roger Coys son William who the walled garden is accredited to, with his love and enthusiasm for plants. The estate was in the Coys Family from 1563 until William Coys died in May 1627. 

Sir William Russell bought it in 1689.  In the 1800s a later William Russell enlisted the help of the notable landscape gardener Humphry Repton, who redesigned the walled gardens and the house – this was produced in the form of a Red Book.

The last member of the Russell family lived in the house until they sold the estate to Essex County Council in 1947. 

The ownership was transferred to the Greater London Council in 1960 and then to the London Borough of Havering in 1965. The land was leased for 12 years where gravel was excavated and the pits filled to make the current lakes.  The Local authority Activity centre was closed in 1995.

In April 1996 the current Stubbers Adventure Centre Ltd was opened. The land was acquired by Essex Boys and Girls Clubs on a peppercorn rent form LBH.
 
Walled Garden

The walled garden is credited to William Coy.  It is noted that there were 6 walled garden on the estate. Which were filled with all kind of plants from all over the world which William Coys brought into the country.

It was almost 100 years later when the gardens at Kew were started, that many of the plants were taken.  It was here that Joseph Banks the unpaid director of Kew in 1772 continued the work of William Coys nearly 200 years after he started.

William Coys had a unique collection of over 324 plants listed, of which were mainly gathered from abroad. These imported plants had never been grown in the country before.

Visitors to the gardens were amazed to see such plants growing in his garden like the Yucca gloriosa, tomato, Rhubarb and the Jerusalem artichoke.

William Russell enlisted the help of the notable landscape gardener Humphry Repton, who redesigned the walled gardens, this was produced in the form of a Red Book. The red book still exists today, but is reported to have some fire damage.

The Garden which still stands has had repair to its walls after the great hurricane of the 1980s.

The garden is a beautiful addition to Stubbers Adventure centre site
 

Spending your life with the one you love is truly a gift to be treasured.

Wedding Hire

The Marquee and Walled Garden are available to hire from early May to early September. The
rental period is from 9am on the day before the wedding until noon on the day after.
 
The basic wedding hire covers the rental of the marquee on its own patio, garden and furniture,
kitchen / bar/undercover BBQ area, WCs and parking. It also includes vintage style fold up
wooden chairs and tables for up to 132 guests set up banquet style. Assorted additional extras
include an easel for pictures or seating plan and rustic flower barrow ideal for presentation of the
cake.
 
An easy to access pulley system is located on the central pole to enable you to dress the marquee as
you please with bunting or other hanging decoration.
Come the darkness the garden looks magical with the walls lit up and the marquee brought to life
with string lighting and colour changing led uplighters.
 
Cost of Hire:
Please call - 01708 224 753
 
 
Optional extras:
Additional traditional “Petal” style marquee 40 foot x 40 foot (12m x 12 m) with sides
Carpet Coir Matting (per Marquee)
Staging with Vallance
 
"Dream it and let us help you
achieve it"

Event Hire

The Marquee and Walled Garden are available to hire from early May to early September.
 
The single day event hire covers the rental of the marquee on its own patio, garden and furniture,
kitchen / bar/undercover BBQ area, WCs and parking. Available at additional cost are vintage
style fold up wooden chairs and tables for up to 132 guests set up banquet style. Assorted
additional extras include an easel for pictures or seating plan and rustic flower barrow ideal for
presentation of the cake.
 
An easy to access pulley system is located on the central pole to enable you to dress the marquee as
you please with bunting or other hanging decoration.
 
Come the darkness the garden looks magical with the walls lit up and the marquee brought to life
with string lighting as standard and colour changing led uplighters.
 
Cost of Hire:
Please Call - 01708 224 753
 
Optional extras:
6ft Table and 6 folding chairs (wooden)
Staging with Vallance
Trailblazer real charcoal BBQ
Portable Sound system 
Easel for pictures / Seating Plan 
Rustic Flower barrow 
 
"Love is  the only thing you need to
live a happy life"

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Tel.: 01708 224 753
Fax: 01708 224 555
Email: mailto:walledgardenevents@stubbers.co.uk
Stubbers Adventure Centre
Ockendon Road, Upminster
Essex, RM14 2ty
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