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Volunteers plea for hall gardens

CASH-strapped Castle Bromwich Hall Gardens has made another urgent appeal for volunteers.

CASH-strapped Castle Bromwich Hall Gardens has made another urgent appeal for volunteers.

The ten-acre site employs just a handful of paid staff, with the rest of the work done on a voluntary basis.

But the trust that runs and maintains the gardens said that more manpower is desperately needed.

On top of this, the Solihull Council grant has been slashed by 10 per cent this year.

The local authority hands over a reduced amount of £45,000, while Birmingham City Council has stopped funding altogether.

Sue Brain, who runs the front office, said: “One of the problems is that people don’t know we are here.

“It would be heartbreaking if we couldn’t continue because we didn’t have enough volunteers.”

Earlier this week, the Solihull News went along to meet some of those who give up their time.

Jackie Street, from Olton, is one of 18 volunteers who helps tend to the historic flower beds.

“It’s just a wonderful place to escape to and I’ve made a lot of friends in the 13 years I’ve been here,” she said.

Fellow-helper Lynda Hobbs, who lives in Castle Bromwich itself, said: “We just do a few hours each week.

“You need to know the basics, the difference between a flower and a weed, but anyone who’s unsure can just ask.”

Castle Bromwich Hall Gardens is looking for gardeners, tour guides and people to help run the visitor centre/coffee shop.

If you would like to volunteer call Sue on 0121 749 4100 or visit www.cbhgt.org.uk

 

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