A chance to meet our amazing volunteers without whom the whole place would come to a standstill. Meet Liz one of our team of garden volunteers and find out what she does and why.
Liz says - When I retired after 40 years in the NHS where I had been laboratory based, I wanted something to do that was both useful and meaningful, but primarily outdoors. Whilst looking on the internet I found a vacancy for a volunteer post at Little Moreton Hall. I applied and went along to meet the gardener. The first sight of the Hall was breath-taking and even now, after two years, the sight never fails to make me feel uplifted.
I work one day a week and the same day; this gives me a routine and my partner a golfing day! The gardening work can vary each week, but as my day is Tuesday and the Hall is usually closed, we tackle hedge cutting and trimming, path repair and lots of raking up of leaves, without disturbing the visitors. The soil is light to work with and makes weeding really easy and the herb and vegetable beds look lovely when you have finished. There is always something worthwhile to do and the gardener is very good at spotting a job that is achievable in the time frame, which makes you feel good. If your back needs a rest then the opportunity to duck watch is always available, or a chat with another volunteer or member of the permanent staff.
As a volunteer we are offered many different opportunities to take part in a programme of ‘skills sharing’ events. I have made a Tudor brick and a fabulous wicker basket, and there was also a coach trip organised recently to visit a stately home in Lincolnshire, which I very much enjoyed.
If you are interested in joining our volunteer team here at Little Moreton Hall check volunteering opportunties at http://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/find-an-opportunity