On Friday 13th May 2011 invited guests, volunteers and staff gathered down in Hollybush Wood. James Masters, Head Gardener, gave the welcome address, the Honourable Nicholas Soames MP gave a speech followed by a ribbon-cutting ceremony and Nicky Ingram, Standen Property Manager, gave the vote of thanks. Robert Morley, National Trust Regional Chairman London & South East, also presented the President’s Award to volunteer Ben Wiles. Our new frontier stove was then used to provide refreshments.

Here are the videos from the day:

Standen’s Barn Building Team Short Listed for Marsh Heritage Awards 2011

Every year, together with the Marsh Christian Trust, the National Trust recognises the contribution made by volunteer groups or teams and by volunteer managers. These groups and individuals have thought differently about volunteer involvement, inspired others and added value. The 2010 group award was won by the Caribbean Herb Garden team at Wightwick Manor, Wolverhampton. For 2011, the Standen Woods Group Barn Building Team was in a short list of 7 from the 25 entries. The winning nominations were 1st – Purbeck Cider making, 2nd – Rebuilding of the Victorian Greenhouse at Oxburgh Hall and Joint 3rd – Longshaw Kitchen Garden and Seaton Delaval Halls Volunteer Management team. To quote from the award notification “The winning nominations all provided exceptional evidence on how they met the criteria of adding value; making a difference and being an inspiration”.