River restoration at CroomeSouth Worcestershire, Worcestershire
- Dates7 June 2020 to 13 June 2020
- Holiday typeTrust
- AvailabilityNo longer available
- Activity type Special interest
- Holiday code20ETZ150
- AccommodationCroome Campsite
About River restoration at CroomeWade into river restoration, help us pull reeds to keep Croome's artificial river clear and open.
Prepare to get wet (and possibly even a bit chilly) in this (literally) immersive working holiday experience. You’ll be joining our team and donning waders or wetsuits to plunge into the Croome river and pull out reeds by hand. The reeds come out easily because aren’t deeply rooted, and are then left on the riverbank to allow any wildlife clinging on a chance to get back to the water.
During the holiday you’ll discover that Croome's 'river' isn’t actually a river, but a hand dug, serpentine lake, almost a mile and a half long. Home to otters as well as lots of other wildlife, the lack of flow you’d find in a regular river means reeds grow quickly. To manage this, the reeds are controlled to keep some open water and maintain the views that were originally designed as part of Lancelot 'Capability' Brown's first full landscape commission.
The tasks you’ll be doing support work that’s been happening over the past 21 years to restore both the lake and the river at Croome and to create more wetland habitat. As a result of this work, wildlife spotting opportunities now include kingfishers and cormorants as well as frogs, widgeon and ducks feeding near the water. When you’re not in the water, you’ll be able to take the opportunity to explore the wider estate with its wildflower meadows as well as the parkland with its statues, follies and temples.
About the accommodation
We’ll be camping directly at Croome for this holiday. Bring your own tent, caravan or campervan and pitch up in the paddock right next to the property and its wartime heritage buildings. There’s no electrical hook-up but the neighbouring former ‘Sergeants and Orderlies mess room’, now developed as a visitor centre, is our comfortable indoor sitting room and kitchen. Toilets and shower facilities are also available on site.
Bedding: no bedding/linen provided.
Notes for guests
What to bring: Wetsuits or swimwear and wet shoes are recommended for this working holiday, along with a spare towel.
A standard kit list can be found on our Essential Information page.