In February 2019 feature writer and editor Gill Sutherland met with Emma, at Alscot Park, to discuss the Parkland Restoration Project and to see the progress of the planting for herself. The interview formed a feature that appears in the March 2019 edition of the Stratford Herald Focus Magazine.
Front cover features Emma with two of her three children, James and Isla Holman-West.
Emma was asked to take the position of Chairman of the Patrons Club and is excited at the prospect of what can be achieved.
The Conservative Patrons Club has provided a platform, for over 30 years, for generous backers of the Party to provide financial support, enabling vital funds both in South Warwickshire and further afield.
In 2019 the Club is being re-launched.
Wednesday 12th & Thursday 13th June 2019
FEATURING THE NEW ZIGGY GARDEN & PARKLAND RESTORATION PROJECT
An opportunity to view the stunning and normally private gardens and parkland of Alscot Park followed by lunch at The Bell, Alderminster.
Enjoy browsing the beautiful and historic gardens of Alscot Park, and take in the stunning views of the wonderfully preserved rococo gothic style house, part of the West family since 1747. See the beautiful surrounding parkland that is home to highland cattle and fallow deer. Browse through River Meadow where new trees, a variety of species, have recently been planted as part of Alscot’s Parkland Restoration Scheme. There are some magnificent old trees (approx. 450 years old) within the grounds, in particular cedar, venerable tulip and sweet chestnut. The various garden beds including the fragrant Lavender Garden and brand new Ziggy Garden are a riot of colour in the summer. Amongst the interesting herbaceous borders you will find some wonderful sculptures on the approach to the orangery, pool and aviary areas, where delicious teas are served.
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Following an Environment Agency Survey and a Heritage Statement that was passed by SDC works took place in December to repair the weir and create an eel pass. Some 70 sheets of tracking was laid in order to protect the parkland from heavy plant machinery. Luckily water levels remained low the works went ahead as scheduled. An eel pass provides assistance to migrating eels travelling up stream where they would normally encounter obstructions such as the weir.
Photo; circa 1800
Saturday 12th January and “Wedgey” made his way to Alscot to conduct a live interview with Emma Holman-West and Forester, David Arnold. The interview, regarding the Parkland Restoration Project and the re-introduction of the Elm tree to the Estate, featured on BBC Coventry & Warwickshire . If you missed the interview and would like to listen, please follow the link https://www.bbc.co.uk/sounds/play/p06vy4pw
It has been a project long-time in planning and planting has now begun.
We are currently working on a ten year landscape plan, for the outer parkland, which follows a survey carried out by Professor Tom Williamson, University of East Anglia, on the history of the landscape. The survey identifies areas, such as the “Lynches”, and explains that in the middle decades of the eighteenth century this particular area of scrub and woodland was occupied by a detached ‘rococo’ pleasure ground, containing a circuit path and a number of ornamental buildings and structures. It is Emma's ambition to recreate and reinstate some of these historic features and in addition enhance planting across the 100 hectare park.
The Estate’s annual Bonfire and Fireworks Spectacular, held at The Bell on Friday 2nd November, proved a huge success with the crowds and for Stratford Cricket Club. The Bell provided a BBQ and bar whilst DJ Bobby Hunt entertained the adults and children alike. Glowing swords, headbands and windmills could be seen in abundance in the dark, the club ran a tombola and the fireworks were a huge hit.
Sept 25th, 2018
Alscot held a series of events and fundraising initiatives to support the Stratford Hospital Cancer and Eye Ward £1million Appeal. We were very proud and honoured to be invited to the official opening of the new Stratford Hospital, on 25th Sept, where Emma was introduced to HRH The Princess Royal. Emma was an active part of the board and involved in the furnishing of the wards. It was imperative to Emma that the wards were comfortable for patients, their families and supporters, who can spend many hours at the hospital receiving cancer treatments.
What a glorious evening, on Thursday 19th July, as Alscot hosted the annual cricket event and the Alscot XI took on the RCMA Select XI. The Estate opted to 'bat' first and went about it exceptionally well. The top order were in fluent mood and were soon piling on the runs. After a well-deserved drinks break (with the odd beer doing wonders for the RCMA sporting abilities), RCMA struck back well with a cluster of wickets and kept Alscot to 159 in their 20 overs.
Over 60 guests attended a charity drinks event held at Alscot Park on 14th June 2018 to support GWCT (Game and Wildlife Conservation Trust). The Bell, Alderminster delivered exquisite canapes whilst guests were invited to bid on auction items, all kindly donated to the charity, Emma and Andrew Holman-West were pleased to host the event in their home which raised in excess of £12,500 for GWCT.