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2009 & Beyond
Hugely encouraged by the response to the open day in 2009, and by the offers to join the Volunteering Team, the Gardens were opened again for snowdrops at the end of February through to early March 2010, following a long icy spell which delayed their appearance.
From April-October 2010, the Gardens were open to the public one Sunday a month and were visited by over four thousand people during that period.
In August 2010 the Creaseys left Warwick House and new owners moved in. They are very supportive of the work of the Trust and have already made a substantial difference to their part of the gardensand especially the area around the house itself.
2011 started well with three very successful, but cold, openings for snowdrops and was followed up with another seven open days from April to October. The weather wasn't always kind but we had some great events despite this including: Pirate Treasure Trail in June; History Talks in August; Daisy's 150th Birthday Celebration in September;Live & Deadly Nature Detectives in October
Memorably we erected our "tea pavilion" near the croquet lawn from which to serve our wonderful homemade refreshments. This building was bought with the money raised at the 2010 open days and was put up and painted by our volunteers with grateful thanks to George Sadd from the supplier, Poulton Portables.
2012 was another good year with two hugely popular Snowdrop Sundays. The main season was hit in part by the "glorious British weather" but we had lots of visitors, many for the first time and they had a wonderful time. We introduced guided tours for the first time and these proved a great hit with our visitors. We also had our first photography competition in the gardens and produced our second calendar.