Pupils Bethany Read and Sam Dean from Woodchester Endowed School planted two oak trees at Woodchester Mansion in South Gloucestershire today to initiate the school’s Diamond Jubilee celebrations.
The saplings, grown from seed from a royal estate, were donated by the Woodland Trust and the tree guards and their installation by Dennis Brown & Son of Woodchester and Simon Penna of Valley Forestry.
Woodchester Mansion was begun – and abandoned in mid-construction – in the reign of Queen Victoria, while the wooded 400 acre park, owned today by the National Trust, is a designed landscape of the era of George III, who visited the estate in 1788.
More recent royal visits have featured Woodchester Mansion Trust Patron HRH The Prince of Wales, whose Building Crafts Apprentices are among the many young craftsmen of the future who use the Mansion to hone their skills in stonemasonry.
The Woodchester Endowed School visit, in the company of Headmaster Gordon Soutar, allowed the pupils to see some of the training work completed in the last year as part of the Mansion Trust’s repair and conservation programme, as well as seeing the progress of a mixed hedge the pupils helped to plant last month with the Cotswold Volunteer Wardens.
Mansion Trust Custodian Marcus Gill and Training Manager Jonny Anderson were on hand with advice and information.
Marcus said –
“Woodchester Mansion is a unique heritage site with huge amounts to offer the entire community in training, education and leisure. The trees the children planted today will be part of the landscape of Woodchester Mansion and Woodchester Park for the next century and beyond, and mark a waypoint in the continuing history of Gloucestershire and its heritage.”