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Volunteering at Gatton Park

We had a really enjoyable day out assisting Chief Executive, Louise Miller with a day’s scrub bashing in the beautiful grounds of Gatton Park. The sweeping landscape, including a hand dug lake which was the work of famous landscape architect, Capability Brown.

 

The Surrey Hills Society have been supporting the Gatton Trust with their Heritage Lottery Funded Project during the last 18 months, to restore some of the original features of the park, as part of the 300th anniversary celebrations for the celebrity garden designer of his day.

It was great to meet some of the people who regularly volunteer for the Trust.  It was also interesting to be able to view the new landscaping around the lake that the SHS had raised match-funding for.  As a treat, in the late afternoon, we were taken over to view the special Japanese garden which was once featured on “Gardener’s World”.

I will definitely be volunteering there again.

By Jessica Howard

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