Educational links help breathe new life into Gardens of Easton Lodge

THE Countess of Warwick would have been delighted to see the collaboration between volunteers and students from Felsted School which started at the Gardens of Easton Lodge this week.

Seven German students arrived for the first of six visits armed with spades and enthusiasm to spend two hours doing community service as part of their international baccalaureate.

‘Darling Daisy’ held a lifelong desire to bring educational opportunities to a widespread audience across the community – as well as a passion for beautiful gardens - in her time pressing for better access to education and training for all.

The student’s efforts have already made inroads into the clearing of flowerbeds in anticipation of new floral plantings and they will be a great help when it comes to painting the new Tea Pavilion which will be erected in the grounds next month.

Commenting on their progress at the end of the first week, the Gardens of Easton Lodge Preservation Trust’s head gardener Robert Hanchet said: “English country gardens are renowned for their beauty and tranquillity – even when, as is the case with the Gardens of Easton Lodge, they are in need of so much work to restore them to their former glory.

“The extra help we are getting over the six week period from our German volunteers will allow us to move forward more quickly and I hope leave us all with a lasting memory of working together on a very special project.”

The Gardens are open on one Sunday per month until October and the next opening is this Sunday (May 22) from 12 noon until 6pm (last entry at 5pm). Adults �2.50 and children free of charge. Homemade cakes and soups will be on sale, together with a selection of hot and cold drinks. Picnics welcome, as are dogs on leads.

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The Gardens are located just outside Great Dunmow in Little Easton, off the B184 (Great Dunmow to Saffron Walden road). Follow the brown heritage signs.