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.

First of all - 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.

Every time you show your membership card on the way in, we receive £2.50 from central National Trust funds. This means that your membership goes directly to the places you love.

We are a charity. We receive no Government funding and we have to generate every penny that we need for Charlecote ourselves. We simply couldn't keep Charlecote special without you.

Thank you for helping us look after Charlecote
Park staff and volunteers relay path at Charlecote in winter
Thank you for helping us look after Charlecote

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 and creating a new restaurant on site.

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.

What will you discover on our Boundary Walk?
Visitors on park walk in parkland at Charlecote
What will you discover on our Boundary Walk?

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'll be updating our First World War displays throughout the year to tell the stories of the Lucy family men and women, and the Charlecote estate throughout the conflict.
  • We're training our new volunteers who are helping us bring the outbuildings to life.
  • 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 during the Civil War so that we can share the stories with our visitors next year.

In the gardens

  • 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 have helped 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 the spring displays.
Whatever the weather, there's always work for our garden volunteers
Charlecote volunteers at work in greenhouse in winter
Whatever the weather, there's always work for our garden volunteers

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 to look forward to this spring!
  • We're looking at the archaeology of parts of the parkland where there was once a small village.
The deer and sheep keep a close eye on what our staff and volunteers are up to
Staff and volunteers put up tree guards at Charlecote watched by deer sheep
The deer and sheep keep a close eye on what our staff and volunteers are up to
  • Our licensed BTO ornithologists are looking out for winter migrants on the rivers and the lake.
  • We've launched our new tree trail for visitors - explore the parkland and find out more about 20 of our heritage trees.

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.

Two years ago we raised funds for essential work on our historic lime avenue - a unique and valuable wildlife habitat. Last year we raised almost 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
The antique globes in the library have been damaged by years of curiosity

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