Fruit of their labours

PUBLISHED: 13:47 26 October 2006 | UPDATED: 09:56 31 May 2010

Richard Jessop, from Audley End House and Rosanne Kirkpatrick, chairman of the Friends of Audley End - Pic: Sarah Lucy Brown

Richard Jessop, from Audley End House and Rosanne Kirkpatrick, chairman of the Friends of Audley End - Pic: Sarah Lucy Brown

FRUITFUL contributions from the Friends of Audley End House and Gardens have put the finishing touches to the mansion s dining room display. The Friends funded replica food for the room s dining table, including fruits that have been carefully designed an

FRUITFUL contributions from the Friends of Audley End House and Gardens have put the finishing touches to the mansion's dining room display.

The Friends funded replica food for the room's dining table, including fruits that have been carefully designed and created to replicate the exact size, shape and blush of the fruits that would have been grown in the house's kitchen garden in its heyday.

Chair of the Friends, Rosanne Kirkpatrick, said: "The Friends of Audley End are pleased to continue to provide the finishing touches to the displays at Audley End House."

English Heritage Curator Gareth Hughes expressed his gratitude to the Friends for their contribution.

He said: "The bulk of the table setting was complete but now the Friends have provided the missing element."

The Friends of Audley End have been together for 20 years and have raised funds for both short- and long-term projects at the house.

This weekend gives visitors to Audley End House a final chance to take part in one of the "Behind the Scenes" tours before it shuts for the winter.

To find out more, call the house on 01799 522399.

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