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Friends of Blaise

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Friends of Blaise offer a wider range of opportunities for volunteering with local experienced volunteers and Park Rangers. Often we team up with other local groups for this.

 

Litter Picking

Throughout the year we organise litter picking events around the stream and paths in Blaise. Details of which will be published on the events page. In the Summer, we also need volunteers to open the gothic Castle on the top on the hill, and the Dairy Garden, to the public.

Community Garden

Hidden away to the side of the Museum, behind walls, is the Community Garden (formerly the Kitchen Garden to the Great House). This 2 acre site contains multiple greenhouses for growing fruit, vegetables and flowers. In addition it an all-purpose cabin, a pond, 3 beehives, an orchard and several outhouses.

Although the garden is now a charity in its own right and has an active body of volunteers, we always need more - not just for the gardening, but restoring the outhouses, helping out with events and welcoming visitors. It is open all through the year every Wednesday and Saturday from 10am to 2pm when tea and coffee, often with home-made cakes, are provided for the volunteers.

Potential projects for the coming year include art & craft afternoons, building a pizza oven, charcoal making and cider pressing.

Conservation work

Between December and March, with no bird nests to disturb, there will be a regular Monday work programme of coppicing, thinning and scrub clearance throughout the 400 acres of woodland. This is a great chance to get out and immerse yourself in this historic, wild landscape.

Great as an outdoor gym or you want just to commune with nature in a magnificent setting.

In the summer months we clear invasive plants such as Himalayan Balsam from the river banks.

Benefits to you

We believe you will find these activities really worthwhile, and an opportunity to:

  • Break away from the urban environment
  • Be active in the fresh air - your free "green gym"
  • Socialise with local experienced volunteers
  • Have the chance to learn all sorts of new skills
  • Share our own home-grown fruit vegetables and flowers
  • Know that our thousands of visitors really appreciate what you do in the estate
  • Know you are contributing something valuable for the natural environment