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Berrington Hall to host the 15th Great Spring Gardening Event in aid of British Red Cross

19 April 2012

For immediate release  Thursday 19 April, 2012
For further information  Sue Burleigh
Contact number  (01432) 373020

The 2012 Great Spring Gardening Event, in aid of the British Red Cross, will take place at Berrington Hall – a stunning National Trust property located in the heart of Herefordshire – on Wednesday 25 April.

This recognised annual event, which has been running for 15 years, is a must for all gardening enthusiasts. Last year’s event, which was held at Hampton Court Castle, attracted more than 2,000 visitors and raised over £34,000 for the Red Cross.

Built between 1778 and 1781, Berrington Hall has historical links with the Red Cross as it was used as a convalescent hospital during the Second World War. Those attending the event will have the opportunity to explore the secrets of the beautiful house and gardens.

Sue Burleigh, senior community fundraiser at the Red Cross said: “We are thrilled that the 2012 Great Spring Gardening Event will be hosted by the National Trust’s Berrington Hall. It is a fabulous venue to stage the event on its 15th anniversary.

“All money raised will help train out volunteers and support local Red Cross services in Herefordshire, including emergency response, first aid cover at public events and short-term care in the home for people after an accident or illness. Without our highly trained volunteers we simply would not be able to deliver our services, which help hundreds of thousands of people in crisis every year.”

Tina Salter, operations manager at Berrington Hall said: “We are delighted to be hosting this prestigious event. It’s great for us to be working closely with the Red Cross and has even more significance because of our historical links with the organisation.”

This popular event will feature around 80 quality stalls. Exhibitors include a host of specialist garden nurseries, including members of The Plant Heritage Society, Hardy Plant Society and The Cottage Garden Society, each selling a wide range of plants from the traditional to the highly unusual.

Quality gifts and accessories for home and garden including painted china, gardening equipment and ornaments, horticultural books, plant support systems and furniture will be available to purchase. Delicious refreshments will be on sale throughout the day, and there will be a limited number of pre-booked lunches available in the licensed Servants Hall tearoom.

The British Red Cross is delighted, once again to have the support of Amey to manage traffic as they did most successfully at last year’s event. Amey delivers traffic management on a daily basis across Herefordshire so is well placed to ensure traffic flows and motorists are kept moving.

The event runs from 10.30am to 4.30pm. Admission is £6.50 per person for all visitors on the day. Entrance to Berrington Hall is available at £2.50.

Further information, including a full list of stallholders will be available from; British Red Cross, 6 Harrow Road, Plough Lane, Hereford HR4 0EH. For more information please call Sue Burrleigh on 01432 373020 or visit

For more information about Berrington Hall, please visit

A 24 hour information hotline with recorded updates is available on 0844 893 0080 – please note calls to this line are charged at 5p per minute.  Calls from Broadband phones and mobiles could be considerably more.


Notes to editors

Photos of both the venue and the event are available on request.

The British Red Cross helps people in crisis, whoever and wherever they are. We are part of a global voluntary network, responding to conflicts, natural disasters and individual emergencies. We enable vulnerable people in the UK and abroad to prepare for and withstand emergencies in their own communities. When the crisis is over, we help them to recover and move on
with their lives.

Berrington Hall is one of Henry Holland's first houses. The interiors include Biaggio Rebecca ceilings, fine period furniture and there are some pieces on display from the Wade Collection (on loan from Snowshill Manor). Though it has a slightly austere exterior, the house has delicate interiors and a homely, welcoming feel.

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