On a warm sunny evening, with spectators watching on, the captains of the Alscot X1 and Yelo X1 strode out to the excellent looking wicket at Alscot Park. On winning the toss , Alscot skipper, James Holman-West, nominated to bat. On went the bails and off went the team into the T20 friendly match.
The 10 year project that has seen the 18th century Ha-Ha completely rebuilt is finally finished! Admittedly, it shouldn’t have taken 10 years but there is the small matter of an Estate to run that comprises another 200 properties to look after.
A Ha-Ha is an ingenious piece of engineering that gives the viewer of the garden the illusion of an unbroken, continuous rolling lawn, whilst providing boundaries for grazing livestock.
To our visitors delight, whether a botanist, horticulturist or those that simply have a genuine interest in beautiful gardens, the newly established Ziggy garden and recently planted parkland, both featured this year in our popular annual event; Alscot's Alternative to Chelsea.
Held over two days on 12th & 13th June, it was damp but the grounds and gardens looked stunning and were very well received by the 180 visitors.
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.
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.
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.
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.
On Sunday 13th May 2018 The England Team lifted the winning trophy after competing in the DAKS Home International Mounted Games Championships. Teams from England, Scotland, Wales, Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland competed for the title over four days, in the presence of the Queen, at Royal Windsor.
Following on from a large scale independent tree survey across the Estate, which identified areas of improvement, the Estate has successfully implemented and established a forestry and planting scheme.
We are really excited to be implementing a plan for short and long-term planting schemes. During the course of the year the garden team will execute plans to transform areas of the garden and to create new features and vibrancy to suit the seasons.
David Domonay, based at 1c Atherstone Barns, is a Chartered Horticulturist and television gardener, presenting on ITV’s Love Your Garden. You can read his weekly gardening column in The Sunday Mirror newspaper, and check out his monthly article about growing vegetables and fruit in Grow Your Own Magazine. He also appears as a resident gardener on ITV’s This Morning with appearances on many more TV shows.
The Stratford-upon-Avon based team of digital marketers have been helping businesses grow their customer base since 2015, and as their clients have grown so has the agency. As a principally digital business, Quattro started as a virtual organisation and used Alscot’s virtual office and meeting spaces, but as the business grew the natural next step was permanent office space on the Estate.
Fiona set up her business in 2001 working from a small unit in Snitterfield. With a strong reputation and client base (possibly assisted by her TV appearance with Nick Knowles on a restoration and refurbishment project), it soon became apparent that she needed bigger premises in order to cope with demand. In 2014 Fiona moved to Grove Business Park at Alscot which provided additional space to expand.
Independent commodities trading and supply chain company, RCMA Group, is constructing a state-of-the-art rapeseed processing plant located in Atherstone on Stour, near Stratford-upon-Avon, investing £25m in the project and creating in excess of 30 local jobs.
Our portfolio and reputation as a film and TV location strengthened in November 2017 when the BBC returned to film a forthcoming episode of the new TV drama, based in Stratford, Shakespeare and Hathaway. Jo Joyner and Mark Benton take on the two title roles for the daytime show which plays on Shakespearean themes. Benton plays private investigator Frank Hathaway, with Joyner playing his rookie sidekick Lu Shakespeare. Jo commented that she loved working at Alscot and as it's only 20 minutes away from her home it was a win win situation for her.
Mark Williams returns to Alscot, as the eponymous Catholic priest-cum-sleuth, wearing his trademark black cassock and wide-brimmed black parson’s hat as filming takes place for a future episode of Father Brown. The BBC's popular daytime crime drama has gone from strength to strength since being aired in 2013 and is now shown in Australia, Canada and America.
Renown children’s television producers, Ragdoll Productions, visited Alscot Park to film a live-action sequence for two episodes of Twirlywoos, their pre-school series. The Twirlywoos, a combination of stop-frame animation and live-action, features four small, bird-like characters who are inquisitive, enthusiastic and always looking to learn something new about the world. Ever curious, they seek adventure and fun wherever they go!