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Volunteers needed for beautiful Devon Victorian walled Garden

Published: January 29, 2018

Bicton College Bicton Adult

Volunteers are being sought to continue the maintenance and work of a beautiful Victorian walled garden in Devon.

Located in the East Devon countryside, Bicton College boasts a Georgian Manor House, lake and farm, as well as a large walled garden.

Throughout the year the garden thrives with a variety of plants and produce, ranging from apples to artichoke. Under the guiding wing of the Horticulture Department, a group of dedicated volunteers help maintain the stunning walled garden, and they are looking for new recruits.

Carol Casson and Carol Diffey from Taunton and Exeter are two longstanding volunteers who spend their Friday’s together at Bicton College.

“We love coming to volunteer within the walled garden for so many reasons – we have a laugh and a natter, keep active and enjoy seeing the fruits of our labour,” Carol Diffey said.

Carol Casson added that “coming to Bicton once a week is like therapy”.

“We put the worlds to rights while doing things we love in the beautiful countryside – it’s perfect,” she added.

Patrick Welch, Programme Manager for Horticulture at Bicton College oversees the volunteers, coaching and mentoring them as they go.

“The team of volunteers come in once a week on a Friday – meeting at 9am with flasks of tea and coffee at the ready,” he explained.

“It’s great to have such passionate and friendly volunteers at Bicton College, making an invaluable difference in the maintenance of the fantastic walled garden.”

Keen gardener Joe from Budleigh Salterton also volunteers at the College and says he “really looks forward to my Friday’s volunteering at Bicton”.

“I would encourage anyone who lives locally to join in,” he continued.

“If you enjoy gardening, want to meet new people, or are keen to learn from working with experts to increase your plant knowledge – where better to volunteer than in the beautiful surroundings of Bicton College.”

Bicton College would love to grow its existing team of volunteers as there is lots of work to be done to maintain and renovate the land, Patrick explained.

“If this sounds like the type of project you would like to get involved with please get in touch.”

To find out more about becoming a volunteer at Bicton College, or for more information on the range of Horticulture courses available at Bicton College contact Patrick Welch on 01395 562428 or e-mail: patrick.welch@bicton.ac.uk



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