Fundraising at Hanbury Hall

The parterre at Hanbury Hall

As a charity the National Trust is totally reliant on the generosity of its members and visitors to enable us to conserve our beautiful places. Membership subscriptions are the single largest source of income but along with larger donations, gifts in wills and legacies, smaller scale fundraising is crucially important too.

At Hanbury our second hand bookshop provides £6,000 - £7,000 income each year which is ploughed directly into conservation projects on site. A huge thank you to everyone who has donated books in the past and a plea to people to keep donating please!

The second hand bookshop at Hanbury Hall
The second hand bookshop at Hanbury Hall
The second hand bookshop at Hanbury Hall

Each year we run a property raffle as part of the wider National Trust’s raffle. All raffle proceeds go towards a project on site and as every ticket sale is matched by head office, every ticket bought for £1 is worth £2 so a great way to donate! Plus you’re in with a chance of winning £10,000 so it’s a no brainer.

This year we are hoping to raise £2,500 through our Raffle, to rebuild our beehives and relocate our bees.

Currently our beehives are split in two locations, but we are hoping to join them together in the Walled Garden, beside the Kyte Orchard. This will be a larger, safer area, and a space that we can close off at important times of the year. It will also give our Beekeeper a better area to work, which means happier bees and less chance of them getting anxious around our visitors.

One of the many types of bees we have here at Hanbury
One of the many types of bees we have here at Hanbury
One of the many types of bees we have here at Hanbury

In the past money has gone towards bringing our chickens into the walled garden, buying the trees and wood for the tree guards for the lime tree walk in the park, restoring the harpsichord shaped organ in the great hall, and the conservation of the Thornhill wall paintings. This year we’re raising money to go towards the relocation of our Bees.

Bees help our gardeners by pollinating flowers
Bees and honeycomb at Charlecote Park, Warwickshire
Bees help our gardeners by pollinating flowers

We have a small team of dedicated volunteers who sell raffle tickets and process book donations and keep the shop stocked, neat and tidy. We couldn’t operate without them so if you’re interested in getting involved please go to our volunteering page on the website to find out more.