Tea room is looking for volunteers

The tea room at Lyveden New Bield
The tea room at Lyveden New Bield

The cottage tea room at Lyveden New Bield near Brigstock has proved such a success extra help is needed.

It opened in April last year and with more than 20,000 people visiting the National Trust property and gardens each year, an appeal is being made for more volunteers.

Claire Barrett, Lyveden’s operations manager, said:“We need people who can help in the tea room at weekends, waiting on tables and providing a warm welcome to our visitors.

“Volunteering offers a great opportunity to meet people, learn new skills or develop a CV. By offering more than 50 hours of support a year, volunteers receive a free pass to all National Trust properties and discount at trust shops and other catering outlets.”

Lyveden is one of England’s oldest gardens and was recently designated by English Heritage to be of international importance.

Created by Sir Thomas Tresham in 1600, Lyveden remains virtually unaltered since the family became involved in the Gunpowder Plot of 1605.

The historic garden is surrounded by acres of woodland and wildflower meadows.

Volunteers form the backbone of the National Trust with more than 70,000 people across the country undertaking hundreds of different roles.

Claire said: “Without volunteers, the National Trust would simply be unable to offer wonderful places for visitors to enjoy.”

Lyveden is open Monday to Sunday, from 10.30am to 5pm, until the end of October and during weekends in November and December, from 11am to 5pm.

To find out more about volunteering in the tea room at Lyveden call Claire on 01832 205158 or email claire.barrett@nationaltrust.org.uk.