Read about the life and work of the Attingham Wardens

Attingham Park is a National Trust property comprising of an 18th Century mansion set in a Repton landscape; the Park and wider Estate includes a deer park, walled garden, several miles of the rivers Severn and Tern, extensive farmland and woodlands.

Tuesday, 5 February 2013

February begins...

More flooding! The post-thaw deluge caused us some problems again as the Deer Park became inaccessible from both the suspension bridge and main gate. Once the waters receded the full damage to the causeway was revealed - the water had washed away much of the path at its lowest point, leaving a hole nearly two feet deep in in the worst spot. We spent a day filling and leveling the hole to make it into a passable surface but more work will be done soon to compact the layers and complete the repair.

Now that the ground is drying out a bit we can crack on with the hedge planting - remember those 10,000 whips we heeled in? On Monday a team of volunteers braved the bitter wind and we went to Cronkhill farm to plant a new hedge. We used a mixture of hawthorn and blackthorn so gloves were a must! There were a few wet feet as the planting was running along side a fence and a ditch but the team did a fantastic job and there are just 50 metres to go.

Today we went to Wenlock Edge to coppice hazel and get more stakes and binders for tomorrow's hedgelaying while another team made some alterations to the WWII path in the Deer Park and moved a gate; volunteers David and Martin also spent the day in our butchery packing some more venison for the shop. Thank you to all of our volunteers who have been in this week, it is hard work in the cold weather but everyone has got on with the jobs brilliantly!


  1. Hi, for my uni photography project I am doing abut conservation. I was wondering if there are any conservation projects at the park. Plants or animals. Thanks, Ellen.

  2. Hi Ellen, there are several projects on the go and coming up. Hedgelaying season is just coming to an end - we lay hedges around the estate to prolong the life of the trees and create habitat for many birds, insects and small mammals. We will soon be making a bird hide that people can use to watch the wildlife go by, and putting up more barn owl and bat boxes. Last year we looked at the state of the ponds across the whole estate and will start work this year on improving them to encourage species diversity. If you would like to talk about anything or come in for a wander round please send me an email -