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Environment Trust is calling for volunteers to help plant & revive Marble Hill Park, Twickenham

Environment Trust, an environment and heritage charity based in South West London, is calling for volunteers to join them on Thursday 21st February to take part in the first steps in the Marble Hill Revived project to enrich the park’s biodiversity. The charity is also calling for local businesses to get involved in this project on alternative days. Please contact Sophie Norden (email listed below) for other corporate volunteering opportunities.

Volunteers interested in supporting this important local project are needed to plant saplings, which will enhance the hedgerows and create a more diverse hedge habitat to benefit insects and birds. No gardening skills are required as the Environment Trust team will be there to provide guidance for volunteers.

Marble Hill is an English Heritage property set in 66 acres of outstanding riverside parkland near Richmond in West London. This beautiful Palladian villa was built for Henrietta Howard, the mistress of King George II, when he was Prince of Wales, and friend and confidante of some of the cleverest men in England.

The house and gardens were intended as an Arcadian retreat from crowded 18th-century London. Its grand interiors have been exquisitely restored and recreated and include a fine collection of early Georgian paintings. The Marble Hill Revival project aims to transform Marble Hill House and Park into one of the best and most beautiful public spaces in London.

Berny Simcox, CEO of Environment Trust said:

“Our volunteer projects bring people together to look after and enjoy the natural environment, green spaces and built heritage where they live. We are delighted to be part of the Marble Hill revival project and call on local people to join us on the volunteering day and get involved in this hugely worthwhile project.”

Environment Trust also runs the Kitchen Garden in Marble Hill Park, a volunteer-led gardening heritage project. The project is a tribute to the heritage of market gardening in South West London and is a practical resource for growing produce, education and engaging the community in heritage conservation.

The volunteer planting day takes place on Thursday 21st February between 10am and 4pm at Marble Hill Park, Orleans Road (section nearest river), Twickenham, TW1 3BL. Volunteers are asked to come along anytime during the day. Tea and coffee will be provided but volunteers should bring lunch, wear sturdy boots, old clothes and a waterproof coat.

For more information and to book a space please click here or email Sophie Norden, Fundraising and Partnership Manager, Environment Trust to discuss volunteering opportunities at: sophie.norden@environmenttrust.org

For more information about Environment Trust visit www.environmenttrust.org