Charlecote staff with years of knowledge of every inch of the property are working with external experts. Together they’ll ensure that the project outcome looks after Charlecote as well as our visitors. Planning permission is expected soon to demolish unsafe old buildings on the site next to the car park. Old concrete and pipes need to be removed too and then we’ll be able to sow grass seed – the first step in recreating the old tree-lined Avenue prospect down to the blue entrance gates. We’ll then submit plans for a new operational base to be built here for the Park and Garden team.
Restoring Charlecote's historic Avenue
2016 saw the acquisition of eight acres of land next to our car park from private owners, giving us an exciting opportunity to re-incorporate the site back into the Charlecote estate, opening up the old view.
Our Research Team of staff and volunteers are searching through historic records to uncover the stories of the land. You can see from the old aerial black-and-white view that the tree-lined avenue was once a truly significant part of the Lucy family estate, continuing across the road from the blue gates at the top of the drive.
We've set up a small plant-sales area here for now, selling peat-free plants. Every plant you buy will be helping fund the work we are carrying out.
Our two-year-plus project also includes developing the woodyard at the centre of Charlecote's buildings into new catering facilities - have you ever wondered what's behind the Carriage houses?
22 Nov 17
01 Nov 17
From swifts to speed limits
Many, many meetings have taken place over the summer. Such a wide variety of factors have to be considered; from protecting nesting sites for the swifts when they return next summer to requesting reduced speed limits past the car park. Progress has been made on the plans to turn the woodyard from a storage and car parking area into our new additional catering venue - good news for everyone who has queued for a cup of tea on a sunny summer Sunday!
02 Aug 17
Work at the Avenue slowed to a halt in April when we realised we had several birds nesting around the site. We had to wait until the chicks had fledged. Lots of planning was taking place in the background though. Experts also undertook a bat survey and evidence of bats nesting and roosting was found. This will have an impact on the work we are able to carry out and when we can do so.