National Gardening Week

 In National Gardening Week, Volunteers

This week is National Gardening Week, and as an RHS partner garden, we are delighted to be supporting the country’s biggest celebration of gardening here in Staffordshire.

The Dorothy Clive Garden is an independent 12 acre hillside garden located in Staffordshire on the Shropshire and Cheshire borders, which is open to the public and owned and managed by the Willoughbridge Garden Trust (registered charity: 522695).

The garden is managed with the aims of maintaining, enhancing and developing a garden to be used for the enjoyment and education of the public, and also, to promote and support horticultural education, plus environmental sustainability.

We open the garden and tearoom, to the public, every day from 1st April to the 30th September and also at weekends from October through to March. We regularly host a series of educational family events and adult learning workshops throughout the main season as well as opportunities for school visits. However the gate, tearoom and educational income does not meet our expenditure, and therefore, we need to find alternative means of support in order to keep the garden open and thriving for future generations.

One of the ways we do this is by asking volunteers to help us, and in particular, in the garden. We currently have an active volunteer programme which is open for anyone to join. 20170411_144354

One of our longest standing volunteers, Yvonne Branson said, ‘today I am preparing and clearing our top borders by hoeing up seedling weeds to dry and then be composted. I find volunteering at the Dorothy Clive Garden extremely satisfying, not only because I am contributing towards the ongoing upkeep of the charity, but also it helps keep me fit and I also meet other like-minded volunteers.’

Join us as a Volunteer
If you are interested in supporting the Dorothy Clive Garden by volunteering during National Gardening Week and please contact us on 01630 647237 or email  If you would like to find out what else is happening in your area during National Gardening Week, please go to the following site:


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