Monday Martineau Friends Day September 6, 2020

We are delighted to announce that Martineau Gardens is starting a phased re-opening to the public. Initially opening for Friends only, one day a week from Monday 14 September.

What to expect when you visit

A breath of fresh air and we hope an experience of calm and tranquillity. Our gardens have been well looked after over these last few months, by the Therapeutic Gardening team – there are new things to see and the gardens are flourishing. Your visit will be a little different to the times you have spent with us before, please read through the following so you are prepared.

When are you open?

From 14 September, Martineau Gardens will be open for Friends initially, on Mondays only, 10am until 3pm.  

Do I need to book to visit?

Pre-booking is not currently required, though it may be introduced if the Gardens become busy. We will close the gates if visitor numbers reach our covid-19 safe capacity.

I’m a Friend,  can I bring a friend who is not?

Yes – yourself plus two companions.

Is everything open?

There is a one-way route around the gardens: in via the welcome shelter and leave via the delivery track.

The toilets, large glasshouse, woodland, the play area (but not the sandpit or wheelhouse hut) and other areas of the Gardens are open. The toilets will be operating a one-in one-out system – and they will be cleaned regularly throughout the day. We have installed no-touch soap dispensers and new taps which can be pressed with an elbow.

The Mollie Martineau Building, Keder House and Pavilion are closed to visitors.

For full details on areas that are open and closed, please read our advisory signage on display at the gardens, maintaining a two metre distance from others. When you arrive, please use the no-touch hand sanitizer in the Welcome Shelter.

Will the play area be open?

The play area will be open (but not the sandpit or wheelhouse hut), please maintain social distancing and there are handwashing facilities nearby in the toilets.

Can I get something to eat or drink?

We will not be offering drinks or refreshments – you are welcome to bring your own picnics, please follow government guidelines on social distancing and please take all your litter home with you

Will you have picnic tables?

We have a number of metal tables and chairs in the Courtyard Garden which will have Green / Red notices advising visitors where it is safe to sit, and these will be cleaned in between use

Can I pay by cash or card?

We do have seasonal plants, produce and homemade jams for sale. Please pay for purchases by card. Donations can also be made by card (thank you) – cash donations in our sealed donations box will be gratefully received.

What about wheelchair accessibility and facilities?

We have two wheelchairs – these will be cleaned after each use. Please advise us when you wish to leave so we can assist you in your departure, since the exit route along the track is not suitable for wheelchair users (we will guide you down a paved exit route).

How are you cleaning?

We have put in place enhanced cleaning regimes in line with government guidance. 

Why haven’t you opened sooner / why aren’t you open every day?                       The temporary closure of our gates (due to the pandemic) has meant we have lost a vital income stream that events and public visits generate. Remaining closed to visitors was not an easy decision, but this has been a time when the volunteers on our Therapeutic Horticulture programme have needed the service more than ever. Over the last few months we have successfully re-started the Therapeutic Horticulture service for our volunteers. With careful planning, risk assessments and other preparations including a renovation of the toilets, we are now in a more robust position to begin welcoming visitors back to Martineau Gardens. For those who are not able to visit us on Mondays, we ask for your patience – we are gradually increasing our capacity and will update you when we feel the time is right to welcome everyone back. Until then we wish you all well.

How can I become a Friend?

Join online here You’ll need to fill out the e-form on our website and set up a direct debit/standing order with your bank.

Alternatively, download and complete a copy of this form and bring it with you when you visit. We can take your card payment on arrival.

Pears in the orchard and a new view from the Pavilion Garden