The Great Garden Cake Bake

Please open up your gardens! Invite your friends and family for afternoon tea and take part in Essex Wildlife Trust’s Great Garden Cake Bake – with a little help from Mary Berry and Waitrose.

Please help support our conservation work across the county. To raise important funds, we are inviting you to sign-up and register to host a Great Garden Cake Bake in your own garden, this June.



Or telephone 01621 862989. We will then send you the Great Garden Cake Bake pack, including some fantastic recipes from Mary Berry and Waitrose, who are both supporting this event.

Details of cakes are:

• Victoria Sponge from Mary Berry’s Baking Bible
• Devonshire Scones from Mary Berry’s Complete Cookbook
• Classic Coffee and Walnut Cake, from Waitrose
• Black Forest Butterfly Cakes, from Waitrose

You can find more recipes from Mary Berry at and thousands of recipes can be found at Or, do bake your own tried and tested tasty recipes!

June is a beautiful month to be out enjoying your garden. Please encourage your guests to be generous with their donations, enjoy your wonderful baking in flaming June and support Essex Wildlife Trust’s work to improve and protect important habitats, and to encourage important species across our county.

We will be holding a special event here at Abbotts Hall Farm on 10 June, from 2pm. Come and join us in the garden at Abbotts Hall Farm to enjoy some delicious cakes and enjoy a walk around the farm.

Competition for the best cake

We will be holding a competition for the ‘best decorated cake’ and ‘cake with the best wildlife theme’. So, before your guests devour your great cake bakes please take some pictures and post them on Essex Wildlife Trust’s Facebook or Instagram accounts, or email them to us at:, no later than Saturday 15 July 2017.

We are offering the prize of a cream tea for two for the ‘best decorated cake’ (kindly donated by Perrywood Garden Centre), and the winner of the ‘cake with the best wildlife theme’ will receive a copy of Mary Berry’s most recent book, Mary Berry Everyday.

Your pack will include more information about The Great Garden Cake Bake, a poster, cake recipe ideas, invitation template and how to donate. 

Ready, steady, baaaake…