Earlier this year we asked for your help.
We’re thrilled that you rose to the occasion and helped us by purchasing a raffle ticket during your visits to Charlecote this season. The money raised through the raffle has been for urgent tree works to the Lime Avenue in West Park.
These ancient lime trees – two distinct varieties, totalling 133 trees in all – are badly in need of arborial restoration and conservation work. The veteran trees are being managed to reduce the risk of them collapsing as their heartwood inevitably decays and their structures become weakened. We need to ensure that this area of the parkland is safe for our visitors, and it’s a crucial wildlife habitat for many birds, bats and thousands of insects.
Neil and his wonderful team from Midlands Arboricultural Services have been removing dead and unstable timber, and reducing the canopies at the top of the trees. This will reduce the weight that the ancient tree limbs have to bear and improve the trees’ longevity.
We have been undertaking this work this autumn to avoid the key nesting season for our resident wildlife.
The tree work has cost £14,000 so far. Our volunteer raffle ticket sellers have sold 6540 tickets this year. This has therefore raised £6540, which is then doubled by the National Trust central funds to £13,080 so there’s still a shortfall to find.
Every year the raffle tickets you’ve bought go in to the National Trust Special Places raffle which was drawn earlier this month (top prize £10,000) – if you weren’t lucky this year, please have another go next year, this income helps fund really important work at Charlecote.