Historic hall’s volunteer offer

Green fingered gardening enthusiasts, or just those wanting to spend more time in the 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.

The hall is looking to extend its volunteer days and is asking members of the public to donate their time on a Tuesday.

Garden volunteers can get involved with all aspects of the programme of maintenance, including planting, weeding, propagation and preparing beds for weeding.

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.

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.”

Anyone who is interested in volunteering at Kelmarsh Hall and wants to find out more should contact Carla Cooper on 01604 686543 or email carlacooper@kelmarsh.com.