THE local community have come together to help bring the Christmas spirit to Charlecote Park.
The pandemic meant the Charlecote team 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 the local community for help and ideas.
Local businesses jumped at the chance to get involved, donating time and resources, helping to create festive joy for families and visitors.
Programming and Partnerships Manager Grace Monson 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.
Willow artist Rachel said: “I’m delighted to be back at Charlecote. 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.”
Neighbouring businesses also helped to add a festive feel to the property this season.
Charlecote Garden Centre donated Christmas trees and outdoor lights, while the Charlecote Pheasant Hotel donated decorations.
Grace added: “Festive illustrations were donated by the students at Hampton Lucy Primary School and are adding lots of cheer to the cafe. Christmas tree decorations have also been lovingly hand made by our volunteers.”
Booking is essential to visit over the festive period. The trail runs until early January.
Visit www.nationaltrust.org.uk/charlecote-park for tickets.