Update | Lime Tree Avenue fundraising

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.

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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.

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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.

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Tree work needed on Lime Avenue: We need your help!

This year we are fundraising to enable us to carry out tree work to our historic Lime Avenue. Many visitors are helping us reach our goal by purchasing a raffle ticket when they visit Charlecote.

But what exactly are we looking to do…

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Our ancient Evergreen Lime trees – totalling 133! – are badly in need of tree work.

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There are considerable weak branches and at the moment the avenue is closed to the public. The work will involve a specialist tree surgeon taking out the dead wood, pruning, branch reduction and reducing the height.

We are planning to undertake this work in the months between April to September 2016 – whilst avoiding key nesting seasons for our resident birds and our other wildlife. This will cost in the region of £25,000 so every raffle ticket sale help!

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What we do with the money raised from the raffle…

Have you ever bought a raffle ticket whilst visiting us? If so – thank you! You have helped us to undertake a variety of conservation projects!

The raffle is a very important way of raising money for us. Last year we sold over 7,000 raffle tickets at Charlecote. Want to know how we’re using that money? Read on…

This year will see some exciting developments in our orchard. Through the raffle (and an additional grant from Copella) we will be restoring the orchard by:

  • Planting 15 new trees
  • Having specialists identify the existing trees
  • Buying a label punch and Victorian metal identification labels to re-label the trees
  • Replacing the wire tree guards with replicas of the old park tree guards

We have also bought some equipment that can be used in our Victorian Kitchen.

Some of this equipment was bought in the autumn in time for our ‘Ashes and Apples’ event!

We have an apples press, Victorian apple peelers and fruit trays.

Our volunteers enjoyed getting to grips with these new toys and we made lots of lovely apple themed food in the kitchen…

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