We’re a little glum this month as we’re saying farewell to our Warden, Simon. He is moving on to pastures new after 3 years working here. During his time he has achieved a great deal and worked hard to keep the park not only looking good, but also keep it in a healthy state for our wildlife and also for you – our visitors and supporters.
Just take a look back at some of our blog posts to see the huge variety of the work that is carried out by our Park and Garden team. They’re always busy with one thing or other!
Everyday is different at Charlecote!
This does mean that there is an exciting opportunity for someone new to join the team! Applications need to be submitted through our jobs website and the closing date isn’t far off (18 November). If you are interested or know someone who might be, please take a look.
What we are looking for:
Like everyone here, you love the outdoors. And you’ll love the chance to help more and more people get out there and get active. We’d like you to have a degree or relevant qualification on a relevant discipline, or equivalent practical experience. With strong skills in the knowledge of livestock and tree management you’ll also have a passion for providing the highest levels of customer care. Enthusiastic and knowledgeable, you’ll already have some knowledge of relevant Health and Safety legislation and if you already have experience of practical deer management and beekeeping, that’s even better. If you also have a knowledge of Higher Level Stewardship schemes or a DSC level 1 deer stalker certificate, that’s great too. Above all, you’ll enjoy sharing your passion and knowledge with visitors, making sure that they have a fantastic outdoor experience.
< More info and role profile here >
It just leaves us to say a very big thank you to Simon for all his has done these past few years and to wish him the best of luck in his new ventures!
A taster of what you could experience working in our park.
Some great news to share with our followers of the blog here at Charlecote Park! As you know we are working towards being a self-sufficient Estate as much as we can and these recent accolades have really helped cement what we are working towards with the Park team here at the property. We have recently gained an award for the venison and honey from the deer and bees at the park. We currently sell venison, hogget, lamb and honey produced from the park and sell the two retail outlets on site.
Click here to see a pdf document about our honey and venison > charlecote_park
This link to our website has lots more information about the award scheme and shows that we have been successfully awarded as winners. This is excellent news, special congratulations to Simon our Park warden and Lisa our Park and Garden manager, long may it all continue.
So come along and have a taste of what we have to offer… its great stuff, even if we do say so ourselves!
Lauren, Retail Manager
We separated our lambs from their mothers yesterday to allow weaning to take place. Lambing takes place out of doors in April and May and this means that we have to put the ewes to the ram in November. The ewes lose condition producing milk to support the lambs and weaning has to take place a couple of months before mating to allow the sheep to gain condition and achieve maximum fertility.
The sheep were put through the handling race and the lambs separated or “shed” from the ewes. The ewes were then put through the race for a second time to allow us to carry out routine foot trimming. The sheep race is in Polo Field on the southern edge of WestPark and the ewes were taken by trailer to Places Meadow in order that they are out of sight and sound of the lambs which have remained in Polo.
We’ve had Richard Morris and his team on site checking al the bird boxes and nests on-site and thought we’d share some of his photographs. Richard is a trained specialist with licences to handle birds. He regularly visits Charlecote so hopefully we’ll be sharing more of his great photos in the coming months…
Checking for kingfishers