Keeping everyone safe

Wollaton Hall & Deer Park is open to the public, including the Natural History Museum and Formal Gardens.

We’ve also made a few changes to help make your visit as safe and enjoyable as possible.

RECYCLED CHRISTMAS DECORATIONS

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Did you know…

You can send us your flowers & greenery and we will recycle them into decorations at Wollaton this Christmas!

On your next visit during Autumn, bring them to our Potting Shed shop in the courtyard and we’ll recycle them as decorations around the park for you.

Just one way we can all help the environment while enjoying Christmas!

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What are we looking out for?


We are looking for flowers of many varieties, though especially ones that hold their form when dry. Below we’ve shared some handy ideas, though of course if you have flowers or greenery in mind that look fantastic when dried, we would love to see them too – we are open to ideas.

Although we are especially seeking dried flowers, if you enjoy flower & craft making as a hobby, and would like to share a wreath or flower decoration that could be included with our Christmas displays being made by our dedicated team on site, we would be pleased to see it too – sometimes it’s hard to share your love of a hobby and at Wollaton Hall there’s lots of space to share it this Christmas!

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Seed Heads

Garden items such as seed heads dry wonderfully, some of these include : Allium, Agapanthus, Eryngium(sea holly), Echinops(globe thistle), Honesty, Nigella, Grasses, Globeartichokes.

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Branches of Bay

A popular one during the Autumn are Pine cones or Oak with acorns. Other branches of bay that dry well are Eucalyptus, Alder(with small cones), Rose hips, Hazel(with small catkins).

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Flowers

Some flowers hold their shape and colour especially well when dry, including Hydrangea, Eryngium, Orange Chinese lantern(physalis), Statice, Echinops, Lavender and other herbs, so these would be wonderful to see.

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Dried Fruit

For those without garden space, fruit is a great alternative. Cranberries threaded make great garlands and Orange and apple slices when dried in an oven or microwave, make beautiful Christmas decorations.

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When and how to share with us?


For your next visit to Wollaton during Autumn:

🌱  Gather some flowers in your garden, and either dry them ahead or bring them ready for us to dry.

🏷️  Label your items with the flowers and greenery it contains – it’ll just help our team keep it extra safe during the Autumn before they are on display.

🌸  Bring your flowers to our Potting Shed shop in the courtyard and we’ll recycle them as decorations around the park for you.

👷  Remember, when gathering flowers in your garden, please be mindful to only select flowers you know are safe and handle safely with all necessary gardening equipment.

🌿  And if you’re planning to share lots and lots of greenery with us – please email wollatonhall@nottinghamcity.gov.uk to make sure our teams are ready, in case we need to arrange a special place to deliver to.

🌎  Just one way we can all help the environment while enjoying Christmas – nothing like a little extra hobby!

🎄  Come back and see us this Christmas, and see where you can spot your items!

 

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