6th Dec, 2016

Switch off and enjoy silence at Croome

Aaron Wise 17th Jun, 2016 Updated: 20th Oct, 2016

A NATIONAL Trust site near Pershore is encouraging visitors to switch off their mobiles and enjoy five minutes of silence this summer in its beautiful parklands.

Croome has recently launched a new ‘Silent Space’ scheme, which aims to provide a quiet area for people to relax and enjoy without the distractions of the human voice.

The project will see the National Trust site’s Island Pavilion near the lakeside transformed into a ‘silent hub’, for a few hours for visitors to have the opportunity to wander, sit and reflect, without being interrupted.

The nationwide scheme could not only improve the experience of visitors to UK gardens and landscapes, but could also provide opportunities for research into the benefits of silence on wellbeing, creativity and connection with nature.

Liz Ware, an Oxfordshire based garden writer who initiated the project said: “Silent Space is a very simple idea that is easy to set-up and run and we’re so pleased Croome is taking part.

“I hope positive feedback from the pilot study will persuade other UK gardens to get involved in 2017. It would be wonderful if in years to come, green Silent Spaces became part of everyday life and were easily accessible for people to be quiet, whenever they felt the need.”

Katherine Alker, Croome’s garden and park manager said: “We’re really pleased to be one of the locations to host a Silent Space event and Croome’s ‘Capability’ Brown landscape is the perfect setting.

“We hope to encourage as many visitors, staff and volunteers as possible to get involved and enjoy a moment of quiet contemplation.”

The Silent Space area will be available from 10am to midday on Sunday (June 19), June, 26, July, 3 and July, 10.

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 for more information.