Get ready for Helen Rollason Cancer Charity’s very first Rural Ramble!

Join the Helen Rollason Cancer Charity for our very first Rural Ramble at The Forgotten Gardens of Easton Lodge on Saturday 14th April.

This is a unique opportunity to enjoy a beautiful walk around the surrounding countryside and The Forgotten Gardens of Easton Lodge, just outside Great Dunmow. There are three distance options for participants to choose from; 10 mile walk and garden visit, 4 mile walk and garden visit or a 1 mile walk family trail and garden visit.

The gardens which are entirely maintained by volunteers, comprise of a walled kitchen garden dating back to the 18th century, a wild flowers area for the bees, formal gardens, beautiful carpets of snowdrops in February and expansive colourful displays of flowers in Spring and Summer.

Situated a few minutes outside the historic market town of Great Dunmow, this promises to be a great day out for all the family, including dogs on leads. As part of the visit a delicious cream tea is included with each ticket, with scones provided by Tesco at Bishop’s Stortford and strawberry jam provided by Wilkin & Sons (also known as Tiptree Jam). Or if you prefer you can just simply explore the gardens at your leisure and then enjoy your cream tea. Entertainment will be provided by the fabulous Woodwind of Dunmow, with their uplifting melodies using flute, oboe, clarinet, saxophone and bassoon. 

Nicola Bird, therapist at Helen Rollason Centre Rochelle House in Chelmsford is taking part in the event.
“I have been working at Rochelle House for ten years as a qualified complementary therapist doing aromatherapy, massage and reflexology and I absolutely love it. I am able to see first-hand how the charity helps not only the person diagnosed with cancer, but their loved ones too. Our clients often become friends as we support them along their journey – there are many laughs as well as tears along the way.

My husband Alan is also taking part in the Rural Ramble as he understands how much the charity means to me. He is also looking forward to the cream tea at the end!”walk

Claire Matthews, a trustee of the Gardens of Easton Lodge Preservation Trust, said:
“We are delighted that the Gardens are to be the focal point of the Helen Rollason Rural Ramble on Saturday 14th April. The Grade II listed Gardens are being lovingly restored by volunteers to enable the public to enjoy the wealth of history and biodiversity that the Gardens abound in.

We hope that this event will encourage even more people to come to find out more about these fascinating Gardens. Their history spans from the mid-1590s, through the Edwardian era and Second World War, right up to the current time, when important and exciting renovation is taking place.”

Helen Rollason Cancer Charity Fundraising Manager Kate Alden added.
“We are all incredibly excited to be hosting our very first Rural Ramble in partnership with The Forgotten Gardens of Easton Lodge. We already have lots of people signed up and looking forward to a great day out – we’re keeping our fingers crossed for sunny skies and warm Spring weather!

You can register online using the form below or simply call 01245 380719. The closing date for registration is Friday 6th April so don’t delay – book your place today!”

Limited places available so please book early to avoid disappointment. Adults and children can take part but as most of the route is off-road it is not suitable for buggies or wheelchairs. All entrants aged 16 years or under must be accompanied by an adult. Well behaved dogs are welcome both on the walks and on a lead in the gardens.