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The picnic table in the arboretum provided a congenial spot for lunch among the Giant Redwood trees.

Sequoiadendron giganteum (Giant Sequoia, Sierra Redwood, or Wellingtonia) is the sole species in the genus Sequoiadendron, and one of three species of coniferous trees known as redwood

26 August 2008

The team at the entrance to the castle which was very dog friendly so even Monty the dog was allowed a tour!

We watched a great many House Martins flying round the turrets.

The castle view from the lake is impressive.


Eastnor Castle

Summer Outing


Our summer outing this year was to Eastnor Castle in the dramatic setting of the Malvern Hills and surrounded by a beautiful deer park, arboretum and lake. The team enjoyed a good day out and the attendants in the castle were very good at providing information to us. The castle is also used for weddings and conferences and is lived in by the James Hervey-Bathurst family so it has a really cosy, lived-in feel to it.

By any standards, the Castle is a massive edifice and the construction team and materials used were on a similar scale. A workforce of 250 men working day and night were employed over the first six years of construction, and in the first eighteen months 4,000 tons of building stone, 16,000 tons of mortar and 600 tons of wood were used. The stone came from sandstone quarries in the Forest of Dean by canal to Ledbury, and from there by mule. Estate timber was used as much as possible, but the major roof trusses and beams are cast iron, a material used to save timber in the midst of the Napoleonic Wars when it was in great demand for shipbuilding. By the time the building work was finished in 1820, the Castle had cost £85,923 13s 11½d - about £8.5 million in today's terms


Eastnor Castle

Eastnor Castle entrance

Eastnor Castle Arboratum


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