The Friends of Arley is a social organisation which offers it’s members exclusive talks and social gatherings in Arley Hall and excursions and visits to various places of interest. All these events raise money which is donated annually to Arley which is used to help support the heritage aspects of the Estate.
To become a Friend of Arley download the application form below:
Opportunities of being a Friend of Arley
Every spring members of the Friends lead the extremely popular Estate & Bluebell Walks through the magnificent woods & round the Estate.
Beautiful floral displays at the Garden Festival are created by members for all the rooms in the Hall. This is a particularly popular activity – we use some bought flowers but we also pick a lot in the Gardens so it is a marvellous opportunity to develop your artistic skills in a relaxed and friendly atmosphere.
At the Garden Festival Friends also man the information point and run the very popular Plant Creche.
In addition to these regular activities there are often opportunities to take part in one-off projects. Over the last few years these have included:
Cleaning the interesting leather-bound books in the Library.
Making beautiful new kneelers for the Chapel to original designs based on the artistic features in the Arley Chapel.
Clearing an attractive 19C footpath through the Big Wood.
Moving snowdrops from the Big Wood to the Grove and Woodland Walk.
Events being held during the year
Arley Garden Festival – Saturday & Sunday 26th & 27th June 2021. This is a great event and once again Friends will be manning the Plant Storage Creche and Information Tent. As usual we will need volunteers for this. More details to follow.
Heritage projects which have been financed by the Friends of Arley:
Every year the Friends of Arley raises a significant amount of money through its various events. This enables them to make grants to the Estate which have financed specific projects which are separate from the day to day maintenance of the Hall and the Estate. In recent years these projects have included:
Purchasing a fountain for the pond in the Walled Garden in memory of Elizabeth Lady Ashbrook (in the image above)
Repairs to some of the 18C walls in the garden
Restoration of certain pictures in the Hall
The refurbishment of the oak shutters in the Library and the Gallery
Replacement of the fruit cage in the Kitchen Garden