Members of the Guide section from Girlguiding Sussex West have enjoyed a money cannot buy experience at Arundel Castle.
The 15 Guides were invited to spend a night in the castle keep in thanks for their stellar efforts helping the gardens team to plant its spring bulbs.
This year is the fourth time the Guides have contributed to the planting efforts, a task which helps towards the completion of their Baden Powell Challenge Award, the highest award in the Guide section of Girlguiding.
Guide leader Gillian Almond said: “Arundel Castle is a fabulous and memorable venue for the girls participating in the Baden Powell Challenge. It is fantastic to be able to support them on their journey and be part of their infectious enthusiasm for guiding.”
The gardens will welcome larger displays in the new year than ever seen before at Arundel Castle, with more than 86,000 bulbs planted, including a record 36,000 tulips for the renowned Annual Tulip Festival.
The flowers are expected to blossom in time for the castle’s reopening on April 1, 2017, meaning that visitors will be greeted by a dazzling array of colours and floral scents.
Head gardener Martin Duncan added: “It is so rewarding to see young people taking an interest in our gardens - and learning skills that can benefit their gardens at home.
“We look forward to welcoming the Guides each year, they are a real credit to their unit. The hard work that goes into planting our bulbs in the winter is returned tenfold when the beautiful flowers blossom in the spring.
“We look forward to inviting the girls back next year to see the fruits of their labour.”
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