Welcome to Sheeplands
Hare Hatch Sheeplands, your fresh, local & friendly, independent plant nursery serving Reading, Maidenhead and Wokingham. Discover our fantastic farm shop, delicious cafe and wonderful range of plants and gardening accessories (available through the Farm Shop). Speak to our friendly team who will be more than happy to help: 0118 9401600 or email@example.com..
Auction of Cows
We're autioning the Sheeplands Cows!
Over the past few weeks we've had many offers to buy one or more of the cows, so we've decided to hold an auction. The cows will be auctioned and sold as seen, to the highest bidder, on Saturday 26th August @ 10:30 am.
There are 7 to choose from;
- Lot 1: Bully (black and white bull)
- Lots 2 & 3: 2 x large black and white cows
- Lot 4: Seated cow (ideal seat for school children)
- Lots 5 & 6: 2 x small black and white calves
- Lot 7: Small light brown calf
They all need a tidy-up and a good home, so please come along; join the fun and bid generously for a Sheeplands icon!
If you can't make the auction, why not submit a bid via firstname.lastname@example.org
Sheeplands Cafe - A New Experience
As part of the rejuvination of Sheeplands, the Cafe will be closed for one day only, on Monday 21 August.
We'll be creating a new Fresh, Local and Friendly customer experience with the return of Kingdom Coffee, homemade meals and cakes using local produce; served to you by friendly Sheeplands staff.
We'll be OPEN as normal on Tuesday 22 August, so please visit, have a cup of great coffee, and tell us what you think.
Andy Dicks Departs for the Lake District
One of the most popular faces at Hare Hatch Sheeplands plant nursery is about to leave.
Nine years after he began working at Sheeplands the Operations Manager Andy Dicks is moving with his wife Kath to live in Kendal in the heart of the Lake District. His last day on site is Friday, August 25.
During his time at Sheeplands he has worked closely with Rob Scott who said this week “Andy has been a driving force in the success of Sheeplands and has always had a focus on ensuring that we play a full part in community activities.
“Not only has he been such a hard worker, he has always found time to meet and greet customers and I am convinced that many of them came here because they enjoyed a chat with Andy.
“He also has a great sense of fun and is always willing to laugh and joke with employees and customers alike.
“He has become a close friend and we will all miss him, but we wish Andy and Kath, who has also worked for us, every happiness as they start to enjoy their new life.”
'Pots of Change' for Daisy's Dream
The sweet smell of success is in the air for Twyford-based children’s bereavement charity Daisy’s Dream thanks to support from Hare Hatch Sheeplands.
Sheeplands has donated 200 packets of flower seeds to the charity for use in a forthcoming fund-raising activity named “Pots of Change.”
Anyone can take part – and will just need an empty flower pot and to register with Daisy’s Dream. In return, they will receive a sticker to put on the side of the pot. Over the weeks that follow they are invited to put loose change in there and when it is full donate the money to Daisy’s Dream. As a thank you gift they will then receive one of the packets of seeds.
The Pots of Change campaign is being launched to celebrate the fact that Daisy’s Dream was established 21 years ago by a local family who were dealing with the impact of a bereavement, and struggling to find any local support.
Fundraiser Claire Rhodes explained "Last year we provided our free bereavement and serious-illness support to 728 children throughout Berkshire, and the organisation has grown to a stage where it needs £400,000 a year to continue our progress. We receive no financial support from the local authority so it is only through the community and wonderful people like Sheeplands that we are able to continue.”
Full details of the “Pots of Change” promotion can be found on Daisy’s Dream website at www.daisysdream.org.uk
Photo by Jade Armstrong shows Claire Rhodes collecting the seeds from Sheeplands General Manager Andy Sherwood.
A Fresh Start for Sheeplands
We've got some great plans for the business which we plan to share with you over the coming weeks.
We'll continue to be your 'Fresh, Local and Friendly' provider of high quality, local produce. And we'll certainly continue to be at the heart of the community, with support for schools, charities and local groups.
However, it's time for a fresh start and a new beginning.
With some great ideas and fresh thinking, we're working hard to produce a long term, sustainable plan, that meets the approval of the Council and is consistent with the green belt.
Views of our customers and the local community are important to us, so will share more with you as our plans crystalise.
The Friendliest Plant Centre and Farm Shop with Personalised Service
Delivery (within a 15 mile radius)
Carry to your car service
Plant, gardening and produce experts on-site to answer your questions
A loyalty scheme for monthly vouchers and offers
Discounts for schools and horticultural societies
Our newsletter for weekly news and information
At the heart of the community supporting charities and good causes
Sow winter salads
Sow a few lettuces and other salad ingredients in modules to keep in a coldframe, and then when gaps appear you can just drop them in to keep the crops coming. Loose-leaf lettuces like 'Lollo Rossa', beetroot, mizuna or spinach all do the job nicely.