Gardeners are being given the opportunity to help care for one of the country’s finest gardens.
Arley Hall has space in its team for new volunteers who would like to spend time nurturing the award-winning garden and learning from its team of professionals.
“Over the years some of our volunteers have retired or moved on so they have left an opening for others to get involved,” explained head gardener Gordon Baillie.
“It’s a great opportunity for anyone who has some time on their hands and wants to learn more about the art of gardening.”
Arley, near Northwich, is famous for its double herbaceous border which is believed to be the first of its kind planted in England.
Enthusiasts from China, Europe and America visit each year to see the garden at its best.
Other features volunteers may be tasked with helping to look after include: the kitchen and rose gardens, the rootery and the grove (which contains more than 400 varieties of rhododendrons).
Charlie Adams, from Knutsford, started volunteering at Arley three years ago and was so inspired that in July she created her own garden for the RHS Show at Tatton Park, which won a Silver Gilt.
“Volunteering at Arley has done more for me than I ever thought it would and it is probably my favourite day of the week,” commented Charlie.
“Gardening itself is slowly teaching me patience and the act of it often provides some time to truly ponder things, which can be hard to find in everyday life.”
If you would like to volunteer at Arley Hall – either in the gardens or in the hall – please email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 01565 777 353.