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23rd September 2015 - A Lovely Autumn Afternoon in Shaftesbury
Her Royal Highness The Countess of Wessex.

We were delighted to introduce her royal highness to our Shaftesbury Snowdrops Diamond Jubilee Community Legacy
project. The Countess graciously agreed to sign the record book signed by everone who participates in the planting and her snowdrops went into the ground with the Lime Tree she planted in the grounds of the Trinity Trust.
Tim Cook, former Mayor of Shaftesbury, explains the history of the Snowdrop Project
while some of the volunteer team look on.
Volunteers: Tim Cook, Sandra Whiteford, Mattew Tagney, Councillor Gary Jefferson, Bronwen Thrift and Pam Cruickshank
Also Ellie, a snowdrop fairy from the Shaftesbury Brownies.

Photograph courtesy of James Thrift Photography

12th September 2015

"Grow Your Own Heritage"

We are marking our Queen becoming Britain's longest serving monarch by inviting memebers of the public to help plant snowdrops during "Heritage Open Days" at Shaftesbury Abbey Museum &Gardens, Park Walk, Shaftesbury, Dorset, SP7 8JR

Shaftesbury Abbey lies at the heart of town's heritage. Founded by Alfred the Great in 888 it became the most important Benedictine nunnery in the land. Destroyed by Henry VIII, the ruins of the Abbey lie in a peaceful walled garden and a museum tells its fascinating story.

The Abbey is a part of the Shaftesbury Snowdrop Diamond Jubilee Community Legacy, which originally set out to plant 60,000 snowdrops to celebrate the Queen's reign. The idea was so welreceived that the town's people continue to plant more snowdrop bulbs*, and on this Heritage Day visitors will be invited to plant bulbs in the Abbey gardens, which they can then see in flower during the Snowdrop Festival in February each year. Families thus become part of the town's heritage themselves.

An afternoon of music will also be on offer! The popular Shaftesbury Community Choir & Palm Court Orchestra will be entertaining visitors to the gardens.

Fathers Day 2015
Come and create your own family heritage. Parents, grandparents, schoolchildren, the very young and the young at heart are all welcome to join in our FREE snowdrop planting on June 21st from 11 - 2.00.
Meet opposite the Abbey Museum entrance on Park Walk – you’ll see our banner. There is no need to bring anything we supply it all. If the weather is fine bring a picnic and enjoy the spectacular Dorset scenery from Park Walk.
Everyone participating will receive an “I planted a Shaftesbury Snowdrop for YOU” card to send off to friends and loved ones. They will also be invited to sign the official planting book which is being prepared to be sent to the Queen.

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