24th Mar, 2017

Donations mean work to restore stone walls at historic property can get under way

Aaron Wise 19th Mar, 2017

VOLUNTEERS at a National Trust site near Pershore can now begin the mammoth task of rebuilding the parklands boundary wall thanks to generous donations from the community.

Alan Gath, Martin Wright, Jon Martin, Peter Young and Pete Callaghan will begin to repair more than 400m of stone wall around Croome’s historic parkland, which is projected to take years to complete.

Following a generous gift from a volunteer and a substantial donation from The Friends of Croome, the team have been able to purchase more than 60 tonnes of stone.

They have already spent days clearing the mass of growth that had accumulated on the walls after years of neglect, and will now interlock stones together without any mortar – an ancient method of constructing walls which should see them stand for centuries.

The walling team will be working every Friday and visitors are encouraged to chat to them and discover more about the project.

Mr Callaghan, who has been stonewalling for more than ten years, said: “The team are really pleased that the work on the boundary can now start thanks to generous gifts from one of our volunteers and The Friends of Croome.

“The plan is to complete the work a section at a time and remove scrub on the roadside, so the view as motorists approach the park is significantly improved.”

Katherine Alker, Croome’s garden and park manager, said: “The volunteers have repaired hundreds of metres of estate wall at Croome over the past few years.

“The repaired walls not only look great, but now give us a proper boundary to some of the parkland fields.”

Croome’s park and lakeside are open from 10am to 5.30pm and Croome Court is open from 11am to 4.30pm every day.

Call the National Trust site on 01905 371006 or visit www.nationaltrust.org.uk/croome to apply or for more information.