Saving Belton's Boathouse

Belton's boathouse behind the Gothic Ruin

An appeal to save a one-of-a-kind boathouse is underway at Belton House. The riverside structure, built for the 1st Earl Brownlow in the 1830s, is in desperate need of restoration. Historically, the boathouse was a gateway to a designed wilderness garden and provided the family with the opportunity to punt along the River Witham.

The restoration project will reinstate the lost fish-scale slate roof, two gilded weathervanes; and rustic stick-work walls using yew harvested from the Belton estate. Belton volunteers have already begun to clear vegetation, and de-silt lost river channels so that once again the wilderness garden can be experienced from the water.

You can leave your mark on history and support the fundraising appeal by sponsoring a slate. As a sponsor, you can choose the exact location of your slate and inscribe it with a special message or dedication. There are many other ways to support the project, from buying a boathouse bag or raffle ticket to enjoying a guided Wilderness Walk or joining us for a fundraising coffee morning.

You won’t have to wait long to see the impact your donation has made as works are due to start on site later this year.