As part of our celebration of 50 years of family ownership, in April 2010 we started work on the densely overgrown woodland w...
As part of our celebration of 50 years of family ownership, in April 2010 we started work on the densely overgrown woodland within the hotel grounds in order to restore the area to its former glory.
It took the removal of over seventy laurel bushes and several tons of decomposed leaves to reveal a serpentine pathway, stone arches and what was once a shrubbery garden. These are all encircled within a low stone wall, which was built from the stones from a demolished building - markings can be seen in the stone work from the mason’s original work.
There are several features to look out for in the woodland, including the Monkey Puzzle tree at the centre of the three stone arches. One arch leads to the bluebell wood and another is built under the roots of an eighty foot horse chestnut tree (or was it the other way round?) If you are lucky, and the light from the sun catches the tree at the right time, you will see a face looking over the garden! Two of the stone arches have been rebuilt as time had taken its toll on them. There were no photographs to work from but what remained was sufficient for the team to reconstruct them to their original state.
New shrubs and trees have been planted and the rose garden was officially opened by Andrew Mitchell MP in June 2011 as part of our 50th anniversary celebrations. Stone seating has been created and the ¼ mile serpentine pathway has been defined using the cut down logs from the wood, making the woodland a relaxing and tranquil place for all our guests.
One of the most exciting things to look forward to is what will be revealed as the sunlight reaches into the new open spaces where plant life has lain dormant for many a year.
As part of our Green Programme, in the thicker part of the woodland we are also building habitats for the wildlife by using the branches that have been taken off the removed laurel and creating piles covered in leaves. We are also making new bird boxes and bird tables and attracting bees into the field by planting flowering plants.