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Constable Country needs you

July 12th, 2011 by
Categories: Special Events

“The Haywain” is one of the country’s most recognised landscape paintings and today the Dedham Vale, made famous by John Constable is one of the National Trust’s inspiring conservation areas. One of the reasons for its on going success is the people who volunteer at Flatford, which as at the heart of Constable Country.

On Thursday 21 July a Volunteer Open Day is being held at Bridge Cottage, Flatford to highlight the work the volunteers do. This ranges from meeting and greeting visitors to the cottage, helping them with enquires, organising guided tours and helping less able people enjoy the site. Other work includes leading guided tours and rambles of Constable Country, helping visitors to enjoy this beautiful area and learn more about John Constable and his paintings.

Simon Peachey, senior visitor services assistant says Flatford Mill would not succeed without the support of the voluntary team: “Volunteers play a vital role at Flatford, ensuring that visitors have a superb time and the property is presented to create an enjoyable experience for all. However, volunteering is also great fun, so if you volunteer at Flatford you will be joining a team of more than 60 people who are drawn together through their love of history, the landscape, gardening or the wish to make people happy. We offer regular social events and provide full training, so you’re guaranteed to enjoy your time with us.”

Gardening volunteers are helping to cultivate plants in the newly restored kitchen garden, behind the 15th Century Valley Farm. One of the volunteers, Pam Quare admits to learning a lot from her work with the National Trust; “I really enjoy volunteering at Flatford because you meet so many new people, you get to work with like minded colleagues and learn so much about our history. I started volunteering because I wanted to do something completely different from work – in fact when I started I knew very little about Flatford and John Constable. However, meeting the other volunteers has been great because I have enjoyed sharing experiences and broadening my horizons – now I lead guided tours and have been working with staff and volunteer colleagues to develop what we offer to schools”.

The Volunteer Open Day at Bridge Cottage Flatford is on Thursday 21 July from 11am – 4pm. Come and join us.

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