Just the (raffle) ticket

Trees in lime avenue at Charlecote Park in autumn sunlight

A huge "Thank You" to all our visitors who have bought a raffle ticket or two from our volunteers this year.

The money raised has been for urgent tree works to the Lime Avenue in West Park

These ancient lime trees – two distinct varieties, totalling 133 trees in all - are badly in need of arborial restoration and conservation work.

It takes teamwork to get the job done!
Park and garden team lime avenue tree work at Charlecote

These veteran trees are being managed to reduce the risk of them collapsing as their heartwood inevitably decays and their structures become weakened.

We need to ensure that this area of the parkland is safe for our visitors, and it's a crucial wildlife habitat for many birds, bats and thousands of insects.

Timberrrrr... careful pruning of the canopy will prolong the life of our ancient trees
Tree work on lime avenue at Charlecote Park fundraising raffle

Neil and his wonderful team from Midlands Arboricultural Services have been removing dead and unstable timber, and reducing the canopies at the top of the trees.  This will reduce the weight that the ancient tree limbs have to bear and improve the trees’ longevity.

We are undertaking this work in autumn to avoid the key nesting season for our resident wildlife.

Did you know…

The lime avenue marks the original old road from Wellesbourne to Stratford.  Many of the trees date back to the early 18th century.

After careful inspection, fragile hollow branches are removed to make the trees safe
Fallen branches of trees on lime avenue at Charlecote Park

The tree work has cost £14,000 so far.  Our volunteer raffle ticket sellers have sold 6540 tickets this year.  This has therefore raised £6540, which is then doubled by the National Trust central funds to £13,080 so there's still a shortfall to find.

Every year the raffle tickets you've bought go in to the National Trust Special Places raffle which is drawn in November (top prize £10,000) – if you weren't lucky this year, please have another go next year, this income helps fund really important work at Charlecote. Thank you!

Thank you for helping us conserve this ancient habitat
Autumn sunlight through trees in lime avenue at Charlecote