It is with sadness and regret that Wickersley Parish Council has made the very difficult decision to temporarily close Winthrop Gardens. This decision has been made to protect our amazing volunteers and our wonderful customers, friends and supporters, and above all, to play our part in mitigating the spread of this virus, protecting the NHS and saving lives. These are difficult and challenging times for all of us, so take care and stay safe! We will update this page when we are in a position to reopen and do so safely.
Winthrop Gardens is a one acre community gardens at the end of Second Lane, off Morthen Rd. In the ownership of Wickersley Parish Council since 2016, it includes the Gardens and Tea Rooms. Designed for peace and tranquillity, Winthrop is inclusive and accessible to all. We are able to provide information and friendly guidance about plants and their care.
The Winthrop ethos is very much about extending the warmest of welcomes to those who need that extra little bit of friendship and support.
Winthrop Gardens, Tea Rooms, Plants Sales and our 'Curiosity Corner' are open as follows:
Tuesday, Wednesdays and Thursdays
between 11.00am – 3.00pm
With occasional Saturday opening for Special events and activities
Our aim is to extend the opening days as / when there are sufficient volunteers to do so. We are sorry we are unable to open on Saturdays due to the particular shortage of volunteers able to volunteer on Saturdays
INTRODUCING WINTHROP GARDENS
Winthrop Gardens initially opened in 2005 as a therapeutic garden setting offering a sensory and healing space for the use and benefit of all. Wickersley Parish Council took over the management and running of Winthrop Gardens in February 2016 and the governance of Winthrop Gardens is undertaken through a sub Committee of the Parish Council.
Winthrop Gardens is led and run by a team of 60+ volunteers who tend the Gardens, assist with Plant Sales, provide refreshments in the Tea Room and support the Curiosity Corner.
In addition there is a monthly Memory Café for people living with dementia and their carer and a weekly Craft Class on Tuesday mornings.
The team at Winthrop are working towards becoming a Dementia Friendly organisation and over 50% of our volunteers are trained as ‘Dementia Friends’ In essence - Winthrop is a community garden, run by the community, for the community.
A one-acre community garden, developed over the last fifteen years on the site of an old water treatment works, now owned by Wickersley Parish Council and maintained by volunteers. The garden was designed for peace and tranquillity with the emphasis on colour and scent. Features include an herbaceous border with many varieties of hardy perennials at their peak in mid-summer, a late summer flower border, a rose and wisteria pergola, a bee and butterfly garden and beds of highly scented English roses kindly donated by David Austin. Our Japanese garden has a large rare specimen of Robinia ‘Lace Lady’ and three white stemmed birches under planted with acers. Acer ‘Trompenburg’ has recently been donated by the Wickersley W.I. to mark suffrage for women. The Garden also contains a wide selection of ornamental trees including Betula pendula ‘Youngii’, Ginkgo biloba, Gleditsia ‘Sunburst’ and Pyrus salicifolia ‘Pendula’. There are a selection of flowering crab apples, acers and conifers. A New Zealand garden features many less hardy plants from that region adjacent to a willow spiral. Seasonal bedding plants are used for bold impact.
Winthrop Tea Rooms
The Volunteer run Tea Rooms offer a Warm Winthrop Welcome to all visitors.
The menu includes:
A ‘Specials Board’ - thematic and seasonal
Freshly made scones and cakes
A range of hot and cold drinks
Hot and cold snacks including sandwiches, paninis and tasty ‘home made’ soups
Our Vintage Afternoon Teas - prior booking required
A range of Home Made items for sale
And for regular visitors there is a ‘Loyalty Card’ scheme – buy 5 drinks and then have a free drink on us!!
We are very proud that our Tea Room holds a 5 star Food Hygiene rating.
Vintage Afternoon Teas
Our Vintage Afternoon Teas are very popular and are available on any day but MUST be pre-booked by calling 07397 039 226.
Served on attractive linen tablecloths with delicate vintage china , your Vintage Afternoon Tea will comprise a selection of sandwiches and warm savouries; scones, jam and clotted cream and - as your finale - a selection of dainty cakes! And with as much tea and coffee as you need.
We also sell Vintage Afternoon Tea Vouchers which make a perfect gift.
A range of very reasonable priced plants are on sale throughout the year. Many of the gardening volunteers can help with advice and tips about planting and ongoing care. Plants on sale include: perennials, rockery and alpines, succulents, shrubs, climbers and bedding plants. And as each year goes by more and more plants are grown and propagated at Winthrop.
Our best seller in 2018 has been the Salvia Hot Lips!
Winthrop Curiosity Corner
Our Curiosity Corner has a range of interesting items kindly donated by supporters and friends.
We are always looking for more donations – jewellery, china, glass, children’s toys and books for adults and children are particularly popular!
Curiosity Corner operates on a ‘Donations basis’ and most items will have a suggested minimum donation, which you are very welcome to exceed if you find just item you’ve been looking for all your life!!
The Atrium offers excellent facilities for a range of recreational activities – like yoga or pilates; language classes; regular group meetings etc.
We are keen to encourage ‘regular’ hirers and where a ‘one off’ hiring is sought this will be at the discretion of the Organiser and consistent with the ethos of Winthrop and its community connections.
The facilities ….
Are bright, modern, clean and warm;
Are single storey;Jim
Comprise a large room which can seat up to 40 theatre style, 30 banqueting style;
Have two small counselling / treatment rooms;
A small kitchen with Tea / coffee making facilities;
Have toilets including facilities for people with disabilities
Have music playing facilities and a projector and screen.
Room hire rates
Regular hirers (min 4+ bookings) £10 / hour and £15 for 2 hours;
Casual hirers - £20 / hour
For more information and to make a booking -
Tel 07397 039226
Other information you may find useful
Winthrop Gardens - Website Accessibility statement
Wickersley Parish Council / Winthrop Gardens is committed to providing a website that is accessible to the widest possible audience, regardless of technology or ability. We are actively working to increase the accessibility and usability of our website and in doing so adhere to many of the available standards and guidelines.
This website endeavours to conform to level Double-A of the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) Web Content Accessibility Guidelines 2.1. These guidelines explain how to make web content more accessible for people with disabilities. Conformance with these guidelines will help make the web more user friendly for all people.
This site has been built using code compliant with W3C standards for HTML and CSS. The site displays correctly in current browsers and using standards compliant HTML/CSS code means any future browsers will also display it correctly.
We are continually seeking out solutions that will bring all areas of the site up to the same level of overall web accessibility. In the meantime, should you experience any difficulty in accessing the website, please don’t hesitate to contact us.
If you wish to have any content of this site in an alternative format please do contact us.
Please phone the Winthrop Organiser on 07397 039226
Or email the Winthrop Organiser on firstname.lastname@example.org