Alscot Parkland Restoration Scheme

December 2018

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.

It is our intention to name a new tree, planted within the parkland, after each current member of the Alscot team that has served 10 years or more on the Estate.

On Tuesday 18th December 2018 we took delivery of the first load of trees from Hilliers in Hampshire and planting began. The species include Beech, Oak, Tulip, Cedar and a hybrid Elm; Ulmus New Horizon, created and grown to be disease resistant. Elms in Warwickshire were a common sight before the 1970s. Indeed, the English elm hedgerow trees were termed the Warwickshire Weed. Tall and distinctive trees, the timber was often used as a substitute for oak, and was used for among other things chairs and coffins. Dutch Elm disease almost entirely wiped elms off the Warwickshire map in the 1970s, and savagely changed the landscape in places.

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Ziggy’s and Millstones

June 2018

Where simple lawn and pink herbaceous borders once stood, the garden, that developed over the winter months, is now transformed into a bright, attractive and interesting space. Emma, and garden designer Kate, worked closely on the design which is based on the windows of the adjacent 18th century Orangery, and it borrows architectural details from areas and buildings elsewhere on the Estate.

From excavation and setting out the levels with markers & pegs, to construction and the planting that centres around the stunning China Rose; Rosa Bengal Crimson, set in meadow planting with grasses and perennials. The structure and contrast of the shapes and colours is amazing and once the planting flourishes it's set to deliver an array of blue hues throughout the spring and summer and pomegranate reds during the autumn. 

The fernery is the perfect backdrop for the new millstones structure. The two millstones, erected and supported by a steel frame (made on the estate), were working stones and saved from Cutlin Mill; an old Mill property that stood derelict on the Estate for several years and later was the subject of a devastating arson attack. 

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Forestry Planting

November 2017

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. Work in the Estate’s woodland areas has involved the clearing of fallen timber, diseased and dangerous trees and selective thinning. The pollarding of the willows along the river banks, which grossed in excess of 120 tonnes, has seen the timber and soft wood thinning transferred for biofuel and the fallen trees are used for logs at Alscot Park and The Bell.  The continual forestry scheme, headed by David Arnold, has to date seen over 500 new trees and substantial hedging planted in 2017.

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40 Preston on Stour

March 2016

This two bedroom derelict estate property was converted in 2016 into a four bedroom family house by adding a two story extension, and making alterations to the existing building.

The Alscot Property Development team completed the project in Spring 2016.

The house comprises; four reception rooms, fully fitted kitchen, utility room, main and rear entrance halls with stairs leading to; master bedroom with en-suite, three further bedrooms and family bathroom. The property will benefit from an eco-friendly heating system, private car parking and front and rear gardens.

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The Bell, Alderminster

April 2016

The Bell at Alderminster, part of the Alscot Estate, has recently undergone a build project to provide a brand new two story restaurant.

The acclaimed Inn offers all-day bar and dining across two floors, with outside seating overlooking the sprawling riverside meadow & Stour Valley, as well as luxury guestrooms.

The contemporary building was designed by award-winning local architects, Marson Rathbone Taylor, who are recognised for their creative ideas and commercial awareness. The steel framed structure, with grey aluminum fascia and render façade, stands proud and impressive, yet neat, between the existing brick construction. Inside, the restaurant has large open spaces with a full height atrium and floor to ceiling glass panels and windows.

The space was planned carefully to offer comfort and modern luxury without compromising the characteristic spirit of the eighteenth century pub.  The ground floor restaurant, decorated in soft pastels and silvers, with seating directly onto the terrace, serves everything from breakfast through to dinner. The top floor, with dark wooden floors inside and out, and polished copper tables, has panoramic views across the Stour Valley with its own seated balcony for additional dining, or afternoon tea.

The extension took just 14 weeks for construction specialists Cotswold Oak to complete.

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