The Press Office team took a trip to Petworth House and Park in West Sussex yesterday to take part in an afternoon’s volunteering.
Before the hard work began we managed to fit in a tour of Petworth’s not-to-be-missed Christmas event, ‘A Festive Feast for the Eyes’. The historic kitchens were almost unrecognisable as they played host to the fantastic Christmas creations.
Each room was uniquely dressed with installations and extraordinary props on show: a street of gingerbread houses, an enchanting indoor/outdoor forest and a snow queen-esque banquet. The rooms dazzled with life and more than a spot of humour thanks to the tiny wool mice depicting the upstairs and downstairs life of one of Britain’s finest stately homes.
After our tour we squeezed in some lunch (which as it turned out was much needed fuel) before heading out to the house’s beautiful gardens, landscaped by Capability Brown (and immortalised by Mr Turner), to get to work.
The park’s azaleas, which were planted after the storm of 1987, were being strangled by brambles, so armed with gardening gloves and spades in hand we spent the afternoon brambling.
Thank you to everyone who helped make the day happen and to Senior Gardener, Martin, who kept us hard at work. The photo below shows just one of several piles of brambles we managed to clear – not bad for an afternoon’s work!