13 April 2012

Hill Top Rabbits & Wray Castle Elves

The bunnies return!
Don't tell Pete the Gardener!
The rabbits are back at Hill Top....despite Pete's efforts early in the season the little blighters have got back into the vegetable garden. Cute but chompy they can completely destroy his little veg plants overnight. He's put more wire fencing up now and is hoping to win in the end.

Behind the scenes at Wray Castle
Our Visitor Experience Manager Jo gives us a glimpse at our 'house-elves' in action behind the scenes to get Wray Castle open for a new season.

'Our House Elves/Conservation Cleaners polished all the wooden panels throughout the castle with traditional wax polish and lots of elbow grease. Everything was gleaming and smelling lovely.

The conservation team hard at work.
 Our Ranger team and Gardener tidied the grounds and car parks, as well as lending a welcome hand getting things ready inside. They were even spotted helping with the hoovering!
Help from the Ranger team - much appreciated!
There was great excitement when all the interpretation panels and pop ups arrived. They looked lovely – even better than I thought – but then I am slightly biased! We had great fun putting them up in each room – it makes such a difference. I think the Music Room is my favourite… but then again the Morning Room looks great too, especially on a day when we’ve had glorious sunshine streaming in through the windows.

Not an ordinary library!
I think Jacquelyn, our House & Collection Manager, had the best time though. She’s responsible for painting the books on the Library wall – for visitors to write the titles of their favourite reads on – as well as painting mouse holes and spiders in different places throughout the Castle for younger visitors to search for as part of our childrens trail. When you visit, see if you can find the room where ‘the mouse has gone out’!

As I locked up the Castle and looked through the central hall, I thought that the Castle looked better now that I’ve ever seen it, and felt incredibly proud of everything that the team has done to get it open again' .

Come and see it for yourself; open 7 days a week from 10.30am , last admission 4.00pm.

Rabbit post Linda | Wray Castle post Jo
all photos Jo