Volunteer to Support the ‘Finest Woodlands Gardens in England’
Leonardslee Lakes and Gardens welcomes volunteers to support the opening of the estate in March 2019. This follows 18 months’ extensive restoration of the Grade 1 Listed gardens and on site facilities.
Closed to the public for nine years and largely neglected, the 240 acre estate previously attracted 50,000 visitors annually to see the outstanding displays of rhododendrons, azaleas, camellias, magnolias and bluebells, collected from all over the world from the early 1800s.
Set in a steep-sided valley, the estate features a unique combination of lakes, woodlands and parkland and a Pulham rock garden, built in 1890. There is a rare colony of wallabies and dolls’ house museum.
General Manager Adam Streeter says:
“Volunteering to support Leonardslee is an opportunity for the local community to be actively involved in the estate, to ensure that this national gem opens successfully in March and can continue to bring pleasure to families, walkers, garden lovers and others for generations to come.
The estate includes many threatened plant species, first brought to the estate by the Loder family in the early 1800s. It is the responsibility of all of us to ensure the estate does not fall into disrepair again, perhaps for the last time, given the escalating costs of projects like this.”
“The estate welcomes enquiries from anyone interested in volunteering for gardening and garden maintenance work, or as guides or for warden, ticketing and other general roles. Previous experience is welcome but not essential. Reasonable travel expenses will be reimbursed.
To register your interest, please email Volunteer@leonardsleegardens.co.uk. Please include your name, address and a phone number.
Before the opening of the gardens in March 2019, visitors can book Afternoon Tea at the Grade II listed 19th-century Italianate mansion - as well dinner at Restaurant Interlude with its superb tasting menus of food foraged and raised on the estate. Visit www.leonardsleegardens.co.uk/food/