Doddington Hall to host dragonfly display in partnership with St Barnabas Hospice

Partnered with St Barnabas Hospice, Doddington Hall will showcase an array of more than 1,000 hand crafted iron dragonflies in their gardens in memory of loved ones this month.

Displayed on the Croquet Lawn, each of the dragonflies has been dedicated by a St Barnabas supporter in memory of a loved one, and members of the public can visit the display from September 12 to 25 from 10am to 4pm.

The dragonflies were designed by Doddington Hall’s head gardener, Jordan Wallhead, and teams at St Barnabas Hospice, Doddington Hall and Lincoln College have been working hard behind the scenes to bring the display to life.

Supporters will be able to place these dragonflies in their own gardens once the display has finished.

Visitors can enjoy the peaceful surroundings, follow an interactive lily pad story trail around the display and learn more about the significance of the dragonflies.

There will also be the opportunity for children to take part in craft sessions on certain days.

Members of the public can visit the display by booking on the Doddington Hall website.

The display is included in general garden admission of £7.50 for adults, £3.50 for children and £19 for a family.

Supporters who have dedicated a dragonfly in memory of a loved one can get in free with a guest but will still need to book a day to visit online.

Twilight Tours will take place on Wednesday 16th, Friday 18th and Friday 25th September, where the dragonflies will be lit up as a St Barnabas tour guide takes supporters through a short walk of the gardens.

Attendees will learn the significance of the dragonfly to the Hospice and why it was chosen for this year’s display.

The tour will conclude at the Croquet Lawn so supporters can enjoy the full display and take a moment to remember loved ones.

Bereavement counsellors will be on hand for those in need of support and live music will play.

These tours cost £10 per adult and £5 per child and places must be booked on the St Barnabas website in advance to ensure the event remains compliant with current government guidelines.

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Photograph: St Barnabas

Sam Waterer, Individual Giving Fundraiser at St Barnabas Hospice said, “I want to thank Doddington Hall for being so amazing to work with on this project.

“It will be our first event since the coronavirus pandemic began and we can’t wait to welcome our supporters back and give them a truly unique experience.

“As well as being able to visit the display during the day, we are also running several Twilight Tours as the sun sets over the gardens.”

“A special thanks must go to Howell Thomas and the team at Lincoln College for helping us bring the display to life at this magical time of day.”

Claire Birch, who runs the Doddington Hall estate alongside her husband James, said:

“If I were to dedicate a dragonfly to somebody it would be for my mother.”

“I know the Hospice was very helpful when she was dying back in 2006 and she fought and worked so incredibly hard for Doddington all her adult life.

“It will be very apt for me to be remembering her here. She left the place in an amazing state for us and her legacy was extraordinary.”

To date, more than £80,000 has been raised for St Barnabas Hospice from people dedicating a dragonfly in memory of a loved one.

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