Valuing Volunteers at Tatton Park | Knutsford Times

Valuing Volunteers at Tatton Park

By on February 23, 2010

This dedicated team, some with over 15 years of continuous service, work in many areas of this historic estate and enjoy the wide variety of volunteering opportunities.  Recent projects have included archival research in the stunning Egerton library, the development of a cottage garden at the Farm and the clearing of a Rhododendron plantation in the Gardens.

The celebration on Wednesday in the impressive Tenants’ Hall was a wonderful opportunity for Tatton to bring all the volunteers together and to recognise their important contribution.  Presentations from the volunteers acknowledged many of the reasons why people give the gift of their time:  to learn new skills, to make use of their experience and also to enjoy the many sociable aspects of volunteering.

They also highlighted the volunteering opportunities for local companies such as Barclays and Manchester Airport staff and the benefits to charities such as the Seashell Trust and MENCAP. The presentations were followed by a lunch.

The event was hosted by Cheshire East Cabinet Member Cllr Jamie Macrae and Cllr George Walton, Chairman of the Tatton Park Board, who commented ‘This was a lovely occasion organised by Cheshire East Council for all the volunteers who play such an important and valued role in the life of Tatton Park.

There was a great atmosphere of friendship across all groups present providing the opportunity for people to get to know each other and to report on what their respective groups actually do, be it at the Farm, in the various Gardens or the Mansion.  It was good to have an exchange of ideas and views.  I came away delighted with, and impressed by, the enthusiasm and dedication of all’

If you’re a keen gardener, an animal lover or a budding archivist, or just have some hours to spare and have considered volunteering, please contact Tatton Reception on 01625 374400 / tatton@cheshireeast.gov.uk , who will put you in touch with our Volunteer Co-ordinator.

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