Country gardens get an unusual spring clean
SPRING cleaning has taken on a new meaning at the Marwood Hill Gardens, near Barnstaple.
Volunteers have been busy giving the silver birches their annual pre-season scrub down to get them looking their best in time for the gardenâ€™s official re-opening next Tuesday.
â€œThe silver birches in the gardens are always much admired for their beautiful white bark, but they do need a clean up in the early spring to remove the mould and algae that grows over the winter,â€ explained property manager Patricia Stout.
â€œWe have about 25 birches that we clean every year. They are in a prominent position in the gardens by the lake and they look stunning after the bark is scrubbed.
â€œWe do like to give these elegant trees a bit of a make-over in the early spring, and get them looking great for our visitors.
â€œWe have a huge number of beautiful trees in the garden, but luckily they donâ€™t all need cleaning. Scrubbing the birch trees is actually quite hard work and weâ€™re extremely grateful to our team of volunteers who give up so much time to help us.â€
For more information about the gardens, telephone (01271) 342528 or visit www.marwoodhillgarden.co.uk
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