A group of students have created ‘The Secret Garden Group’ to transform part of the garden at the Vicarage, the home of the University’s English Department – and they need you to get involved!  

Inspired by Frances Hodgson Burnett’s novel, The Secret Garden, the group of volunteers, guided by Justin Moston and Lisa Owen from the Gardening and Grounds Team, is recreating the Department’s own ‘secret garden’.  

Students and staff with a creative flair, an interest in children’s literature, a love of nature and gardening, or just a willingness to try something new, are welcome to join in. It doesn’t matter if you can volunteer a couple of hours over a few weeks, or longer hours over a few years – all help is greatly appreciated.  

The project, which is being led by PhD student Alison Newbold, is supported with a grant from the Sustainability and Environment Research and Knowledge Exchange Institute, and David Austin Roses has kindly donated plants. 

To get involved, contact Alison by email at: 2109610@chester.ac.uk and/or Professor Deborah Wynne at: d.wynne@chester.ac.uk

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