On 11th January 2015 a tree was planted in memory of Win Barnes who started volunteering in 1995 with the South Downs National Trust Volunteers. Having met James while volunteering at Nymans, Win and her husband Mike joined James when he moved to Standen and started the various volunteer groups. Although they had to retire from active volunteering due to ill health they always kept in touch and occasionally joined us for social events.
Bob Elms passed away on Friday 6th December 2013. He had not been in the best of health for some time, but his sudden death, caused by an aneurism, was nevertheless unexpected. Bob devoted many hours to the Kitchen Garden at Standen, usually working three days each week, and had been volunteering with us for five years. We shall miss his sense of humour and his bad jokes, the laughter and the occasional chorus of “Oh Bob!” in the gardeners’ tearoom; the numerous cups of tea and his fondness for cake. He could be stubborn, obstinate and bloody-minded at times, but he had a love of gardening and was always happy to share his knowledge with others. He did so much for Standen and every time we are in the garden there will be memories of him – from every bit of soil that he dug over to the fruit cage he helped design and build; the raised beds he made for the cut flowers; the polytunnels he put up and the tomatoes he tended in them; to the sight of him walking down the drive at the end of the day to catch the bus home. Bob was quite a character and will be much missed by all the staff and volunteers who knew him.
On 17th April 2013 we planted a beautiful willow tree down by the dipping pond in memory of Dan Goddard, a dedicated woodland volunteer who sadly passed away earlier this year. James recalled many happy years of working with and being inspired by Dan. He is sadly missed. We were delighted that Dan’s wife and granddaughter were here with us too to take part in the planting.