Volunteer appeal ahead of heritage project

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Burnby Gardens and Museum are looking for volunteers in the run-up to the start of its three-year Heritage Lottery Funded Project.

The £634,800 grant will be used to conserve the award- winning Edwardian Gardens, ensuring that this Yorkshire gem is safeguarded for the future.

Over the next three years the conservation work at the gardens will include conserving the Upper and Lower Lakes to preserve the National Collection of Hardy Water Lilies, restoring and developing the Edwardian potting sheds, summerhouse and rock garden, and preserving the much- loved fish stock.

Ian Murphy, estate manager at Burnby Hall Gardens and Museum said about the importance of the Heritage Lottery Funded Project: “This is a once in a lifetime opportunity to ensure that Major Percy Stewart’s fantastic gardens are maintained for future generations to enjoy.”

Burnby Hall Gardens and Museum are currently looking for volunteers to help with the project which will include conducting local historical research, leading guided tours and designing community exhibitions.

Over the next three years the site will offer visitors “behind the scenes” tours of the restoration work, providing a rare insight into the workings of a heritage garden.

The project will run until July 2019.

The Upper and Lower Lakes are home to a National Collection of over 100 varieties of Hardy Water Lily (Nymphaea), and offer a wonderful array of changing vistas. This is the largest collection to be found in a natural setting anywhere in Europe, it was granted National Collection status in 1993.

Anyone interested in volunteering as part of the project should contact Rachel Mort, learning and development officer for the project on rachel@burnbyhallgardens.com