A tale to tell in the garden

PUBLISHED: 16:34 22 June 2007 | UPDATED: 22:53 28 May 2010

VOLUNTEER gardens stewards have been introduced at Peckover House, Wisbech, for the first time. Peckover, like many other National Trust properties already has volunteer room stewards, said Jemma Finch of the National Trust. To enhance the visitor exp

VOLUNTEER gardens stewards have been introduced at Peckover House, Wisbech, for the first time.

"Peckover, like many other National Trust properties already has volunteer room stewards," said Jemma Finch of the National Trust.

"To enhance the visitor experience we have introduced friendly and informative garden stewards.

"They will be on hand at weekends to help visitors explore the garden, pointing out features of special interest, its plant collections and stories attached to the property - ensuring visitors get more enjoyment from their visit."

Maureen Howgate, one of the new volunteer garden stewards, said: "There are so many fascinating stories to tell and features to point out. There are rare specimen trees, such as the Gingko biloba tree, tulip tree, monkey puzzles and not forgetting the Chusan palm, which shade the spacious lawns."

She added: "It's not just the plants and produce grown in the garden that interests visitors. They also enjoy finding out about the history of the garden or how the elaborate thatched summer house with its stained glass window became a tool shed.

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