Part of my 6 Months To Change My Life goals was to become more social and get involved more.
Recently I applied for a voluntary position with the Gisborough Priory Project to become a Custodian (Open and shut the site, welcome guests, deal with queries etc). I was really happy when they accepted my application.
Gisborough Priory is one of my favourite places so to be able to spend time there while providing a service was something that made me really happy.
So what is Gisborough Priory Project?
Well it is a group of volunteers who are committed to the managing and upkeep of Gisborough Priory and the surrounding woodland gardens. English Heritage own the site of the Priory and Gisborough Priory Project own the Woodland gardens, but they manage both sites.
The Priory of St Mary as it’s officially known was dissolved in April 1540 during the reign of Henry VIII and currently the east end and other parts remain.
The woodland gardens include what is known as the Monk’s Walk which is lined with beautiful 200+ yr old trees that tower above.
The restoration of the Woodland gardens over recent years has been astonishing. It is such a beautiful place to come whether you are a child wanting to sit in the wood carved Thrones made from fallen trees and see the Bug hotel, a couple wanting a romantic walk, alone for some soul searching or as a family.
I could easily spend every day there. My children have all known this place from been young, when we use to come for picnics during the summer months and I still take them and my youngest frequently.
There is little funding for the Project so it does rely heavily on volunteers and donations.
It does not cost to visit the Priory and is open Wednesday to Sunday 10am until 4pm and Bank Holidays.
If you are in the area I would highly recommend a visit. There are also events held there too such as Summer Sound, Outdoor Theatre, Halloween children events and Teddy Bears picnics.
Here are some pictures of the Priory and Gardens.
If you’d like to find out more information on how to volunteer, donate or see more history please see the website for details.
Thanks for reading.
The Stationery Geekette x