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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.

Thursday, 13 February 2014

The aftermath

Last night's 75mph winds have hit us hard across the Park and wider Estate. We were forced to close the property yesterday for the safety of all and it remained closed until 2pm today while the outdoors team checked every path and assessed the damage. We have lost many trees and were sadly given no choice but to fell some others that were left in a dangerous state. One such tree included the 100ft two-stemmed beech at the start of the Mile Walk near the stables - it split down the middle. This was a massive and complicated felling, performed by some of our skilled contractors who not only got it down and cleared safely, they missed the iron fencing too!
Early this morning work began on the split beech

The beech safely down and showing the massive split

The causeway to the deer park has flooded once more and the surface is being washed away - please heed the signs and do not attempt to cross! Check with Visitor Reception for the latest news on closures and paths, and visit the Attingham Twitter and Facebook pages for updates. We are doing our absolute best to reopen the property but safety MUST come first and we have a mammoth task ahead of us.Thank you for your patience!

Some of the aftermath

Flooding as seen from Cronkhill

Large branches have fallen

Flooding as seen from the Deer Park

Damage to fencing around the Property

If you are planning on visiting the property over Half Term, then please note that we have had to cancel some of the activities. Our car parks are also waterlogged, so wherever possible please car share with friends and family if you are meeting here for a holiday get-together. My apologies if this sounds all doom and gloom! We are planning to try and run our Trail from Monday and continue with Trusty Club but it is all weather dependent as we are due more wind and unsettled weather. Watch the website and social media pages, and I will update when I can.

On a positive note I saw a goldcrest today while checking the deer fence - they are the UK's smallest bird and if he can survive last night's weather and still be chirping, we can all grit our teeth and get on!