Community spirit brings Christmas cheer to Charlecote Park
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Members of the local community have come together to help bring the Christmas spirit to Charlecote Park.
The challenges of the pandemic meant the team at Charlecote had to take a different approach to the festivities this year.
Rather than their usual programme of events and activities, the team reached out to their community for help and ideas.
Local businesses jumped at the chance to get involved, donating their time and resources to the conservation charity, helping to create festive joy for families and visitors.
Grace Monson, programming and partnerships manager said: “We’ve been blown away by the generosity of our local community.
“It’s been a difficult year for everyone and it’s been so lovely to see people coming together to create the magic of Christmas, we’re incredibly grateful.”
Local artists Ros Ingram and Rachel Hardwood have spent the last two months creating artworks for a mini sculpture trail that’s been set up in the parkland over Christmas.
“I’m delighted to be back at Charlecote,” said Rachel, who is a willow artist. "The National Trust stands for everything I believe in.
"I’m a regular visitor for inspiration in my work, my health and of course the tea and cake.
"It’s imperative that we show our support in these difficult times to keep properties open for everyone to enjoy.”
Ros added: “I’m so pleased to take part in the sculpture trail at Charlecote.
"It’s an amazing place to showcase artwork.”
Neighbouring businesses also helped to add a festive feel to the property this season.
Grace said: “It’s been a real community effort. The Charlecote Garden Centre donated Christmas trees and outdoor lights, whilst the Charlecote Pheasant Hotel donated decorations.
“Festive illustrations were donated by the students at Hampton Lucy Primary School and are adding lots of cheer to the Wood Yard Café.
"Christmas tree decorations have also been lovingly hand made by our volunteers.”
Booking is essential to visit Charlecote Park over the Christmas period.
Tickets can be pre-booked on their website.
The Festive Friends mini sculpture trail runs until early January.
The property is entirely closed on December 24 and December 25.
For more information or to book tickets go to: https://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/charlecote-park