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Preston
All Year: June 2019
Area (ha): 2
Persons: 1 or 2
Category: Homestay
Host ID: 90077
Country: England

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Last Updated: May 31, 2019

A unique and quirky garden which has been open in the national Garden Scheme for over 35 years. Mill Barn is a series of delights. Along the R Darwin, in Lancashire, through the tiny secret grotto, past the suspension bridge and view of the fairy-tale tower, visitors can a stroll past folly, sculptures, lily pond, and lawns, enjoy the naturally planted flowerbeds, then enter the secret garden and through it the pathways of the wooded hillside beyond.

Your hostess is, a retired social worker, whose husband, a retired lecturer, is the gardener and a member of the National Garden Scheme. The garden is open on two weekends in June 15,16,22,23 when 300 to 400 people visit. 6 volunteers attend on each day to support the four openings.

I would appreciate the help of an assistant event organiser for three weeks from June 4 to June 25th. This role is now taken for this year.

The role involves, before the events getting to know how the household works including the kitchen, taking on some easy household duties, helping to prepare the area where teas are served by putting out chairs, dead heading plants etc. Preparing the serving areas, supporting the volunteers who are making and serving food, serving lunch to the volunteers, checking the parking area and taking refreshments to people on the gate. There is a role on the day of showing people round the garden, if you happen to enjoy learning the names of the plants and wish to learn the history of the garden.

However I would be interested in support to prepare for Christmas from November 18th 2019 for 3 weeks.

In return for your help you will gain plenty of practice in speaking English, if you have a project to complete we will help you make useful contacts, you will enjoy an insight into the cultural role of gardens and cream teas.

I am happy to introduce you to some of the classes I attend including Chinese Brush Painting, Belly dancing, Family History, Creative Writing. In your leisure time you may enjoy walking with my husband, the beautiful countryside around us and the sauna and the Jacuzzi that previous volunteers have help us build on the edge of the river.

You can borrow a bicycle to get around. Or we can take you into town to catch trains or busses to Blackpool, Manchester, Liverpool, Kendal and the lake district.

We have Wifi. You are one of the family for meals and take your turn with cooking and clearing. We have a dishwasher and a person comes to clean each week. You will have a choice of a bedroom with a double bed or one with twin beds. You have the use of the downstairs shower and toilet.

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