Severe weather closure at Charlecote Park

Flooding has made large parts of Charlecote's parkland completely inaccessible

If severe weather is forecast we will close the whole property. Here's why...

We have to close Charlecote in the event of severe weather for the safety of our visitors, staff and volunteers.

Our decision to close is based on the current conditions at Charlecote and the most up-to-date weather forecast for the immediate area. We would much rather be welcoming visitors than closing our gates.

Heavy rain

This causes flooding in the parkland. This is unsafe because we cannot see the edges of the rivers or the boundaries of the lake. Shallow water at the edge of a flooded area can quickly become deep and dangerous.

Walking on very wet ground compacts the soil which prolongs the drying-out of the parkland.  This has an impact on our wildlife, deer and sheep. Compacted soil dries hard and solid which has an effect on grass and tree roots and available nutrients in the soil.

All we can do is wait for the floods to recede - and hope it doesn't rain again for a while
Large areas of Charlecote's parkland are completely inaccessible after recent flooding
All we can do is wait for the floods to recede - and hope it doesn't rain again for a while

Strong winds

Excessive winds and strong gusts can suddenly bring down heavy branches in the parkland or on the cedar lawn. Our veteran trees are checked regularly but their age means that weaker branches are vulnerable to stress.

There are many ancient trees on site and in the car park. The safety of our staff, volunteers and visitors is paramount.

Our volunteer photographer braved the stormy weather to create this film - even the deer are spooked by the ferocity of the winds.

Our ancient trees are vulnerable in strong winds and we will close if we feel it is necessary for safety
Charlecote Park's ancient trees are vulnerable in strong winds and we will close to visitors
Our ancient trees are vulnerable in strong winds and we will close if we feel it is necessary for safety

Snow

We don’t expect staff and volunteers to drive in (most live some distance away) when roads are unsafe. We would not wish visitors to drive on icy roads either.

Our car park and pathways throughout the property soon become icy and slippery too.

Charlecote is a beautiful sight on a snowy day, but likely to be closed. Please check before travelling.
Charlecote gatehouse in snow with fallow deer passing through the parkland
Charlecote is a beautiful sight on a snowy day, but likely to be closed. Please check before travelling.


When Weather Warnings are in place please check our website front page and social media for updates before travelling any distance, or call the property office 01789 470277 to check for more information.