Tuesday, 24 April 2012

Snowdrop the star attraction as Red Hall nursery opens its doors

Caption: Snowdrop the donkey is sure to be a big hit with visitors, while (bottom image) parks and countryside acting leading hand Rob Paxton is shown demonstrating the automated seed sowing machine at last year's open day

The newborn donkey which became an overnight sensation in Leeds earlier this year will be one of the star attractions as Leeds City Council’s parks and countryside service holds it annual open day at Red Hall this weekend.

From 9am to 3pm on Saturday 28 April the Red Hall nursery near Shadwell will be open free to visitors of all ages to showcase every aspect of the work carried out by the team looking after all parks and green spaces in the city.

One of the highlights of the day is sure to be a special appearance by ‘Snowdrop’, the distinctive female white foal who attracted thousands of visitors to Temple Newsam’s Home Farm after becoming the first-ever donkey born at the popular visitor attraction in February.

Snowdrop, who was named after a competition open to visitors to the farm, will be joined by her mother Maria at the open day, which will also feature guided tours of the nursery site as well as demonstrations of seed sowing and maintaining hanging baskets.

There will also be a special focus on the team’s stunning back-to-back gold medal successes in the RHS Chelsea Flower Show in 2010 and 2011, with models of the gardens on show and members of the team on hand to explain all aspects of the projects.

The HESCO Garden 2010, complete with its ingenious canal lock gate design, can now be seen in the ‘Gardens of the World’ section of Roundhay Park alongside the previous award-winning gardens from 2008 and 2009.

The open day will also include advice on how to get involved in this year’s Leeds in Bloom competitions, a wildlife walk and quiz led by the countryside rangers team, displays by the ParksWatch motorcycle unit plus a variety of stalls and the chance to buy a range of plants and garden accessories.

Leeds City Council executive member for leisure Councillor Adam Ogilvie said:

“Last year’s open day was a fantastic success with thousands of people taking the chance to visit Red Hall and get the ‘behind the scenes’ view of what our superb parks and countryside officers do to keep our city looking so good all-year round.

“Having Snowdrop the donkey there too this year was very much by demand so we hope lots of people will come along to see her and enjoy a great day finding out more about horticulture and gardening.”

Red Hall nursery is located off Red Hall Lane, LS17 8NB. For more information about the open day, contact the nursery on 0113 237 5210.


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Roger Boyde, Senior communications officer,
Leeds City Council, Tel 0113 247 5472
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