Robinson Services Staff Hot on the Trail of the Red Squirrels at Mount Stewart House and Garden

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It was  once again time to swap the office for the great outdoors and spend a fun filled day with their family and help Robinson Services give The National Trust Northern Ireland another helping hand. 
Over thirty Robinson Services staff recently visited Mount Stewart House and Garden on Saturday 26 September for a series of volunteering activities in the garden, guided walks, which also coincided with Red Squirrel Day. 
Mount Stewart House recently re-opened after a 3 year long restoration project which has brought back the elegance and charm of the house when it was home of the 7th Marchioness Edith, Lady Londonderry and her family in the early 20th century 
Mount Stewart is one of the most inspiring and unusual gardens in the National Trust’s ownership and the garden reflects a rich tapestry of design and great planting artistry that was the hallmark of Edith, Lady Londonderry. The mild climate of Strangford Lough allows astonishing levels of planting experimentation. The formal areas exude a strong Mediterranean feel and resemble an Italian villa landscape; the wooded areas support a range of plants from all corners of the world, ensuring something to see whatever the season.
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After starting the day with Tea, coffee and  delicious scones  in the Mount Stewart tearoom it was time to wrap up and get out into the garden to help with a little gentle weeding and tidying up before taking a sedate stroll,around the gardens with Tour Guide  Lorna O’Lynn from the National Trust. It was then time for lunch before staff took the opportunity for a guided tour of the house or partaking in the Red Squirrel trail.
 Sinead Sharpe, Human Resources Director at Robinson Services commented:
“This was a fantastic opportunity to enjoy quality family time supported by Robinson Services and in partnership with The National Trust- it was a unique experience to get our hands dirty and help the National Trust at Mount Stewart.
 A big thanks are due to Lorna O’Lynn for her guidance and expertise and to all the Robinson Services staff and family members who volunteered to help on what is normally a day off. “
For further information; please contact Robinson Services on 028 9442 9717 or email