Wednesday, October 5
by Sarah on Wed 05 Oct 2011 14:23 BST
Our 'Country House Rescue Revisited' programme is due to be aired tomorrow (Thursday 6th October) at 8pm on Channel 4. The final part of this will be footage filmed when Ruth revisited us a year ago in October 2010.
It is incredible to think that a year has already passed since this was filmed; the 'baby Emilia' shown in the programme is now 17 months old! Thankfully our second season has also been a great success with visitor numbers up from 2010. We celebrated the end of the season with a BBQ for all our volunteers & staff and also a charity treasure hunt for adults.
Highlights of the season have included hosting our first wedding reception, Ed's wild flower banks in the car park, a visit from the Morgan Car Society, a range of children's parties , expanding the adventure playground and introducing new product ranges in our shop and plant stall. We also expanded our range of 'Family Fun' activities, including teaming up with Rock UK to offer rock climbing and archery sessions which proved very popular with our Season Ticket Holders.
Ed and I are now busy preparing for next season. Much of the infrastructure is in place (car park, cafe etc) and so we can now focus our investment towards the restoration of the the gardens. Work to re-build the collapsed southern Kitchen Garden Wall is almost complete and so the next project will be the Rose Walk and re-planting the Walled Garden itself. This will be a huge task and we are currently looking for volunteer gardeners who would like to get involved, under the supervision of our new Head Gardener.
Finally, we are keen to offer events for adults and not just for children, particularly during term-time. Now that we can use our wonderful 'Garden Room', I am keen to introduce Botanical Art Workshops and Photography courses as well as some 'keep-fit' ideas for us Mums such as Pilates and Lattes! More information to follow on the website but let me know if you are interested in any of the above ? Get in touch via Facebook, Twitter or the website.