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Tullett’s Nursery, Waltham Abbey

Alice & Edward started the nursery after the 1st World War at the same time they built a Bungalow at 115 Honey Lane, this was on 1/2 Acre of land on which he also grew all fruit trees possible & vegetable & flowers, very self supporting. My father Ted worked for him on the Nursery until I was born in 1937 when he must have sold the place. I’m not sure if he was the owner or leased... 

Land Girls

A shortage in strong, male workers was one of the many problems faced by the nurseries following the outbreak of war. A number of companies solved this issue by hiring Land Girls, those trusted female recruits from the Women`s Land Army who were willing to step in and do the jobs usually reserved for men. These determined women helped to ensure that life on “The Home Front” was as normal as possible,... 

Appeal to contributors

The producers of the Lea Valley Nursery programme are eager to hear from anyone who has cine film or photographs that might be of interest. Alongside interviews with a number of nurseries and Thomas Rochford himself, we will also be including the memories of former nursery workers. If you are happy to speak on camera and have a story to tell we would be delighted to hear from you. Please contact John...