Volunteers needed at hall
GARDENING enthusiasts or those looking to spend more time in the great outdoors are being urged to sign up to become garden volunteers at Kelmarsh Hall.
Every Thursday, staff working in the Grade II* listed gardens are joined by a team of volunteers who play a vital role in the maintenance of these historic gardens. Now Kelmarsh Hall is looking to extend its volunteer days and is asking members of the public to give time on a Tuesday.
Garden volunteers can get involved with all aspects of the programme of maintenance, including planting, weeding, propagation and preparing beds. There are also special projects to get involved in, such as the Big Bulb Challenge which saw volunteers plant more than 5,000 fritillary bulbs in just two days. Projects such as these allow volunteers to make their mark on the garden’s future.
Head gardener Josh Coyne said: “Volunteering in the gardens here at Kelmarsh Hall helps to keep you active and there are social benefits, too, because you’re interacting with people. We’ve found this is particularly attractive to people who have recently retired and are looking for that interaction.
“Our current volunteers say one of the biggest benefits is the physical exercise and spending time outdoors. Most volunteers do a full day but some just do half a day as they need to pick grandchildren up from school or let the dog out, so it can be flexible to fit round other commitments.”
As a charity, the Kelmarsh Trust relies on the income from visitors and events to preserve and maintain the hall and gardens. As such, volunteers play a hugely important role. Interested? Contact Carla Cooper on: 01604 686543 or email: email@example.com
JOIN THE TEAM! Garden volunteers pictured above with Kelmarsh Hall’s head gardener Josh Coyne (left).