Preserving the walls in the landscape

Sherborne Park Estate, National Trust

How many miles of walls can be seen from the roof of Lodge Park? Typically of any Cotswold estate, the patchwork of fields that make up the Sherborne Park Estate are stitched together with Cotswold stone walls.

Now thanks to a bequest, they will soon be in much better condition.

Dry stone walling is a traditional method of field boundaries that is prevalent across the Cotswolds, on the Sherborne Park Estate alone there are 39km (24 miles) of walls.

As an independent conservation charity keeping up with repairs to the traditional walls is almost impossible. However, a donor recently left a generous bequest to go towards repair and rebuilding of all of the walls visible from the roof of Lodge Park.

" The walls around Lodge Park are badly in need of this work, it’s great to now be able to start rebuilding them and help conserve the beauty but the traditional appearance of Sherborne Park Estate."
- Tim Barter, Estate Manager

This bequest will allow us to repair much the damaged walling over the next few years, much of which is visibly crumbling. This is vital conservation work that we would not be able to complete without this legacy.

It is an ancient craft, done by hand one stone at a time and with 2 metre high walls in an exposed and often windy location it is a slow process, but work is currently underway to rebuild the walls.