We are always encouraged when our visitors tell us how much they enjoy the gardens at Copped Hall: some have even said they prefer it to many of the National Trust gardens.
As those of you who may have read my previous pieces about developments in the gardens will know, we are trying to restore previous garden features. We are also endeavouring to make much more of the grounds accessible to our less able visitors by the restoration of the paths. Unfortunately, while all this is happening the regular maintenance requirements do not go away….grass cutting, hedge trimming, pruning, and so much more.
If you, or anybody you know, could give us even a few hours a week we would be most grateful. We would be completely overwhelmed if they were to offer to take on a part of the gardens and make it their responsibility. For example an area which springs to mind is the new and developing Rose Garden alongside King Henry’s Walk. All the really hard work has been done. What we need now is a regular guardian who, ideally, either already knows about roses or would, perhaps, make it their role to find out and become our ‘rose expert’. There are other similar areas, all with their own requirements right across our twenty acres of gardens.
There are jobs to suit most skills and preferences, from ‘brute force and ignorance’ to more detailed work. In terms of time, we are pretty flexible, there are people here nearly every day. You may prefer to work a little and often, to take on a project over several weeks (for example, clearing an area of nettle and bramble) and then returning for another ‘project’ maybe weeks later, or to just turn up and take pot luck with what needs doing that week. We would much appreciate any help you can give… it’s cheaper than joining a gym, it’s in the open air and the job satisfaction is huge.
I would love to hear from you to discuss the possibilities (Duncan-020–8508-0874 or
The rose garden