Our Work at Charlecote

House elf cleans buffet in Charlecote Park dining room

Our staff and volunteers work 365 days a year to keep Charlecote special. After centuries of care by the Lucy family, we continue to protect and preserve Charlecote for generations to come.

Thank you!

Our work is funded by every scarf or book you buy from our shops, every cake and cup of tea you buy in the Orangery, and every membership you buy from our Visitor Reception team.

Did you know...?

Every time a National Trust member shows their card on their way in, it directly generates a payment which contributes to our work at Charlecote.  You can be sure that your membership goes straight to the places you actually visit and love.

Let's take this outside - who says meetings have to be in offices?
Park team meeting outside in summer at Charlecote Park

Discover more

You’ll often see us carrying out work on special projects and restoration work when you visit - stop and chat if you want to know more. For the next two years we're planning and working on the exciting Charlecote Avenue project, developing the 8-acre site next to our car park.

Join one of our behind-the-scenes events in the house and gardens and free daily guided walks in the parkland, and you can discover more about how we look after the objects in the house and care for the beautiful landscape.

Join a park walk or one of our behind-the-scenes events to find out more
Visitors on park walk in parkland at Charlecote

The National Trust is a charity, we receive no Government funding, and we simply couldn't keep Charlecote special without you.

 

What’s happening now

There's always something going on behind the scenes that our visitors may not notice. Our work is all about looking after our collection in the house and the unique landscape of Charlecote for future generations to enjoy, and also ensuring that our visitors have the best possible experience.

In the house and outbuildings

  • We're putting on our late-Victorian Christmas throughout the ground floor of the house.
  • We're talking to new volunteers to help us bring the outbuildings to life, giving them all the training and information they need.
  • All year round, you'll often see us cleaning our precious collection when you visit - do stop and chat.
  • We're researching the Lucy family's lives during the First World War so that we can share our discoveries with visitors.

In the gardens

  • The Park and Garden team bring in all the Christmas trees and greenery every year.
  • We've been working on the Spinney area behind the stables, planting new hedges and lots (and lots!) of spring bulbs for future years. Children are helping us fill our new bug house.
  • We're keeping up with the weeding and clearing leaves.
  • We're busy looking after tender plants in the greenhouse for next year's displays.
Whatever the weather, there's always work for our garden volunteers
Charlecote volunteers at work in greenhouse in winter

In the park

  • We're keeping a constant check on the fallow deer - they'll need extra feeding throughout the winter.
  • Our new rams Firkin and Blaze have been introduced to the ewes. Have you spotted the coloured "raddles" on the ewes after tupping? Plenty of lambs next spring!
  • We're looking at the archaeology of parts of the parkland where there was once a small village.
  • Our licensed BTO ornithologists are looking out for winter migrants on the rivers and the lake.
We look after the sheep and deer every day, whatever the weather
Feeding the Jacob sheep at Charlecote Park in winter
  • We've launched our new tree trail for visitors - explore the parkland and find out more about 20 of our heritage trees.
Planting 50 trees this winter means putting up 50 substantial tree guards too
Putting up tree guards in parkland in winter at Charlecote

Raffle tickets - your contribution matters

Our generous visitors who buy raffle tickets from our volunteer sellers really make a difference to our work every year.

This is a really important source of income for us and raffle funds have contributed to fruit trees in the orchard, display cases in the house, and repairs to the stonework around the gardens.

Last year we raised funds for essential work on our historic lime avenue - a unique and valuable wildlife habitat. This year we hope to raise enough for expert repairs to the antique globes in the library.

The antique globes in the library have been damaged by years of curiosity
Damaged antique globes in library at Charlecote Park

Why not join in with our work by volunteering with our friendly team? You can find out more about current roles here.