Call for garden helpers

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A FORMER Catholic Seminary is looking to attract dozens of volunteers to help make its public spaces and grounds open and attractive to visitors.

Ushaw College, in Durham City, has recently established a relationship with Durham University.

Together they are exploring the possibility of a long-term future for the 200-year-old group of buildings.

At the same time Ushaw is looking to open up many of its historic rooms, chapels and gardens to the public, with music, concerts, exhibitions, open days and lectures.

A year-long programme of events will be launched at the Heritage Open Weekend tomorrow.

The buildings are set in extensive grounds, but the gardens have declined over the last few years and Ushaw College now hopes to restore them to their former glory, for people to visit and admire.

The Garden Project wants anyone interested in gardens and the outdoor life to go along and get involved with digging, weeding and planting.

Anyone interested can attend a tour of the college buildings and gardens and a meeting at Ushaw, tomorrow, at 11am, or Wednesday, between 4pm and 7pm.

For more information email or call on 07421035240.