Celebrating 10 Years of Dandelion Time at Linton Park

Kate Bourne

04 June 2014

The evening sun shone brightly for our Reception held at Linton Park on the evening of Friday 23 May, to mark 10 years of Dandelion Time, Kent’s local children & families charity based in West Farleigh.  The evening was hosted by Dandelion Time Patron Malcolm Perkins of Camellia Plc.

Lord and Lady Colgrain meet Jen Stuart-Smith

Linton Park is an 18th-century Landscape Park set in 100 glorious acres of formal gardens, parkland and woodland. The mansion was enlarged and embellished by Thomas Cubitt in 1839 to create a ‘Carlton House Terrace in the Hills’.  Under the private ownership of Camellia Plc, the house and garden have been exquisitely restored to their formal glory.

Head gardener, Rebecca Wragg, takes guests on garden tour

The guests enjoyed a fascinating garden tour led by head gardener Rebecca Wragg.  Guests talked about the vital role of small charities play in our community with specific emphasis on Dandelion Time.

Graham Carpenter, Carol Bridges, Richard Long and Dr Caroline Jessel

Chairman Dr Caroline Jessel spoke to the 80 guests about the achievements of Dandelion Time over the past 10 years and its plans to expand and become a Countywide service throughout Kent (click here to for podcast of Dr Caroline’s speech).  Guests were all invited to play a role in securing Dandelion TIme’s future by becoming Dandelion Time Ambassadors.

Lady Vallance, Trustee, talking to guests

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