Read about the life and work of the Attingham Wardens

Attingham Park is a National Trust property comprising of an 18th Century mansion set in a Repton landscape; the Park and wider Estate includes a deer park, walled garden, several miles of the rivers Severn and Tern, extensive farmland and woodlands.

Saturday, 5 May 2012

Spring Fair and a lot of benches!

The Walled Garden 5/5/12
The annual Spring Fair is this Sunday and Monday and I have spent a busy few days helping to prepare for it - putting up tents and marquees, moving tables and chairs, strimming the path and collecting some show pieces... The Fair will have a wide variety of plants and fruit trees for sale, from Attingham and other other producers, and stalls including Chicken Street, Shropshire Honey, Hope Organic Produce and the National Veg Society. The Walled Garden (where the Fair will be held)  is looking fantastic at the moment thanks to all the rain, the pigs are doing a great job of preparing the next quarter for production and the Greedy Pig (Attingham's latest food outlet) will be open for business so it should be a good day for all - there is even croquet on the Bee Lawn for any keen players!

This week I have also finished writing up the ever-exciting Attingham Bench Survey! Ok, so there are more interesting aspects of the job, but a regular check of all our seats and benches is necessary. A fascinating fact for you - not including the 100 chairs outside the Tea Room or the 40 outside the Carriage House Cafe, there are 102 seats across the park, gardens and around the mansion. I have sat, bounced, wiggled and wriggled on all of them to check for sturdiness and comfort, and looked over them to judge their appearance. Over the next few months we will be removing a couple of the older seats that have come to the end of their life, and looking to spruce up a few that need a lick of paint or a wipe over.

Oh and don't forget, from now to the end of September the park is open until 7pm!

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