COULD you help care for one of the country’s finest gardens?

Arley Hall, near Appleton Thorn, has space in its team for new green-fingered volunteers.

Head gardener Gordon Baillie said: “Over the years some of our volunteers have retired or moved on so they have left an opening for others to get involved. It’s a great opportunity for anyone who has some time on their hands and wants to learn more about the art of gardening.”

Arley is famous for its double herbaceous border which is believed to be the first of its kind planted in England. Enthusiasts from China, Europe and America visit it each year.

Other features that volunteers could help look after are the kitchen and rose gardens, rootery and The Grove, which contains more than 400 varieties of rhododendrons.

Charlie Adams, from Knutsford, started volunteering at Arley three years ago and was so inspired that in July she created her own garden for the RHS Show at Tatton Park, which won a silver gilt.

She added: “Volunteering at Arley has done more for me than I ever thought it would.

“Gardening itself is slowly teaching me patience and the act of it often provides some time to truly ponder things, which can be hard to find in everyday life.”

If you would like to volunteer at Arley Hall call 01565 777 353.