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An appeal has gone out for more volunteers to help open one of Wisbech's most colourful assets - the Castle gardens.

Amanda Scott, known locally has the 'Singing Gardener' has been working hard to create colour in the grounds of the Castle, which is run by Wisbech Town Council for the benefit of the town.

The fruits of her labour and that of fellow volunteers David Topgood and Trevor Ketteringham will go on show to the public later this month when the gardens are opened to celebrate the Royal Horticultural Society's National Gardening Week.

Wisbech Castle volunteer Amanda Scott
Wisbech Castle volunteer Amanda Scott

Amanda, who said she worked hard to ensure the gardens are colourful all year round said the event will take place on April 30 - a week earlier that the RHS event, which runs from May 2 to 8 - because the Castle is booked for an event that week.

She said: "The gardens are a beautiful oasis in the centre of town, and this year's theme for National Gardening Week is 'The Joy of Gardening' - I would love people to come and enjoy the gardens here, have a walk round or just sit and listen to the birds - it really is a special place.

"What I would really love is to be able to open the gardens and the Castle café on a regular basis so people can enjoy the gardens throughout the summer.

Mayor Andrew Lynn presented, from left, Trevor Ketteringham, Dave Topgood and Amanda Scott with awards from the High Sheriff of Cambridgeshire for their work at Wisbech Castle
Mayor Andrew Lynn presented, from left, Trevor Ketteringham, Dave Topgood and Amanda Scott with awards from the High Sheriff of Cambridgeshire for their work at Wisbech Castle

"But in order to do that we really need more volunteers to help manage the gardens when they are open and to also run the café so visitors can enjoy refreshments here.

"Volunteers would also be useful to help look after gardens during the busy summer growing months with things like pruning, weeding and deadheading flowers - the more flowers are deadhead the more they flower so it is an important job."

Amanda, David and Trevor have recently been recognised for the dedication they have shown to helping look at Wisbech Castle its gardens with an award from the High Sheriff of Cambridgeshire, Caroline Bewes.

They were nominated by the mayor Andrew Lynn who recently presented the trio with their awards at a ceremony at the Castle.

The grounds of Wisbech Castle
The grounds of Wisbech Castle

Amanda added: "It was lovely to receive the High Sheriff's award for the work we have done so far, but there are still a lot of projects to complete, and the more volunteers we can attract the better."

To volunteer either turn up on the open day on April 30 from 10.30am to 3pm or contact Wisbech Town Council on 01945 461333.

The grounds of Wisbech Castle
The grounds of Wisbech Castle


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