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.

Thursday, 5 January 2012

Happy New Year - and flooding

Well, after two lovely weeks off for Christmas its back to work for me! Today has seen a considerable rise in the River Severn (and the Tern), and at the moment the park is looking quite different. The meadow between the Tern and the deer park is completely underwater and the weir has disappeared . If you are coming for a walk this week, you might want to bring your wellies as the park is getting pretty muddy!
Looking downstream along the Tern from the bridge

Looking upstream with the deer park in the distance on the right
 The strong winds have also made their mark at Attingham, with several large branches having fallen across fences for the wardens to remove. It is also important that we check the perimeter fence of the deer park every day after a windy night to ensure that a tree has not fallen and pushed the fence down - we don't want to lose any deer. So far the trees have fared pretty well but we'll see what tomorrow brings and keep on walking the paths to check their safety.

One branch had fallen across the fence by the B4380 but a chainsaw made short work of clearing it off

Finally, Christmas is well and truly over for the year, signified by the removal of all the Christmas trees from the Mansion, Hub and Tea Room. Not wanting to waste them, we took them into the deer park where the deer will happily nibble on the needles.

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