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Gorhambury House Events for 2022

House Tours: Gorhambury is undergoing a huge renovation project, the most comprehensive work to the house since the main house and wings were completed by Sir Robert Taylor and his son in 1790. A decade in planning and five years with builders on site, the second of three phases will be completed in the summer of 2022. We are pleased to welcome you to visit Gorhambury for a guided tour of the 18th century Neo-Palladian House.  The completed rooms available to view will include the spectacular Main Hall; the Drawing Room; the cantilever stair case; recently opened up lower ground rooms and some guest bedrooms. Refreshments will be served in the Dining Room. The rooms have been transformed for modern day life with a young family, they will be furnished with the core historic collection and 21st century additions. Join Viscountess Grimston and the team and discover Gorhambury House in 2022. Please note that there are steps to access the mansion and steps to access the rooms inside. It is with regret that currently we do not have access to a lift.

Garden Tours: Join Head Gardener, Gill Hewis and explore the gardens at Gorhambury.

April

5th April - Mansion/Building Site Tour - One of the last chances to do a tour of the mansion with site manager Mark, who will take visitors on a guided tour of areas where works are currently being undertaken and completed. Rooms being finished and decorated after a 5 year project. Hard hats and high visibility vests will be provided. Tickets cost: £15 per person and include tea, coffee and cake.

20th April - Mansion/Building Site Tour - The last chance to do a tour of the mansion with site manager Mark, who will take visitors on a guided tour of areas where works are currently being undertaken and completed. Rooms being finished and decorated after a 5 year project. Hard hats and high visibility vests will be provided. Tickets cost: £15 per person and include tea, coffee and cake.

May

3rd May - Garden Tour with Head Gardener Gill Hewis - Learn about the history and design of the gardens at Gorhambury, including a guided tour with head gardener Gill Hewis. Tickets cost: £15 per person and include tea, coffee and cake.

June

7th June - House Tour. Tickets cost: £15 per person and include tea, coffee and cake.

21st June - Garden Tour with Head Gardener Gill Hewis - Learn about the history and design of the gardens at Gorhambury, including a guided tour with head gardener Gill Hewis. Tickets cost: £15 per person and include tea, coffee and cake.

30th June - House Tour. Tickets cost: £15 per person and include tea, coffee and cake.

July

5th July - House Tour - BOOKED

6th July - House Tour - Tickets cost: £15 per person and include tea, coffee and cake.

26th July - Garden Tour with Head Gardener Gill Hewis - Learn about the history and design of the gardens at Gorhambury, including a guided tour with head gardener Gill Hewis. Tickets cost: £15 per person and include tea, coffee and cake.

27th July - House Tour - BOOKED

September

8th September - Talk with Kris Lockyear. Mapping Verulamium. Since 2013 the Community Archaeology Geophysics Group (CAGG) have been undertaking surveys of the Roman city of Verulamium using a variety of techniques. They have completed over 1km2  of magnetometry survey which includes the majority of the area within the town walls and a substantial area to the NW within the Gorhambury Estate.  The surveys have revealed roads, domestic and public buildings, pottery kilns, pits, ditches and the city's aqueduct.  This talk will introduce the methods used and show some of the highlights of the surveys.  It will conclude by discussing what we have learnt about the layout of the city and how it compares with other towns in Britain and elsewhere in the western provinces. Dr Kris Lockyear became interested in archaeology as a child after a school visit to Verulamium in 1975.  He took degrees in archaeology at Durham, Southampton and UCL, and is now a Senior Lecturer at UCL.  Kris has always been an advocate of "community archaeology" having joined the Welwyn Archaeological Society when he was 11, and becoming its Director in 2009.  In 2013 he founded CAGG which has gone on to survey over 35 sites, of which the surveys at Verulamium are the most extensive. Tickets cost: £15 per person and include tea, coffee and cake.

20th September - House Tour with Viscountess Grimston - House Tour with Viscountess Grimston. Tickets cost: £15 per person and include tea, coffee and cake. BOOKED

21st September -Garden Tour with Head Gardener Gill Hewis - Learn about the history and design of the gardens at Gorhambury, including a guided tour with head gardener Gill Hewis. Tickets cost: £15 per person and include tea, coffee and cake.

27th September - House Tour with Viscountess Grimston - House Tour with Viscountess Grimston. Tickets cost: £15 per person and include tea, coffee and cake.

October

4th October - House Tour - Tickets cost: £15 per person and include tea, coffee and cake.

11th October - House Tour with Viscountess Grimston BOOKED

November

29th November - House tour with Viscountess Grimston - Tickets cost: £15 per person and include tea, coffee and cake.

December

6th December  - House tour with Viscountess Grimston - Tickets cost: £15 per person and include tea, coffee and cake.

8th December - Wreath Making Workshop - Create your own Christmas wreath with the guidance of Lynette Berry. Made from a selection of beautiful foliage and materials, including feathers, cones and cinnamon bundles and a selection of stunning ribbons. With much of the foliage being sourced from the estate. Take your wreath home to enjoy. Ticket Price £50 

Booking

If you are interested in attending any of these events or to book your place, please contact Olivia Berry on 01727 855000 or email office@grimstontrust.co.uk 

All events run from 10:30m-12noon, unless otherwise stated. Refreshments will be included in the ticket price for each event. Along with any materials required for workshops and tours. Tickets for most of our events are £15, please check event description for alternative ticket prices.

Parking

Parking is available at the house. Please enter AL3 6AE into your sat nav for the entrance. Once at the gate please enter AL3 6AH for the house.

Gorhambury House, Gorhambury, St Albans, Hertfordshire AL3 6AH 

office@grimstontrust.co.uk

www.gorhamburyestate.co.uk

01727 855000

Water Voles to Return to the Ver

Endangered water voles will be reintroduced to the River Ver in spring 2021 after a 30-year absence.

Herts and Middlesex Wildlife Trust in collaboration with the Ver Valley Society and local river owners have announced plans to reintroduce water voles to the Ver Valley north of St Albans. Around 150 water voles will be reintroduced to this stretch of the Ver as part of an ambitious programme to expand the territory of the animals in Hertfordshire. The habitat in that stretch of river provides the perfect conditions for water voles – dense bankside vegetation and clean water –– but sadly water voles were last seen here in 1987.

Water voles, typically found in healthy chalk rivers, are under serious threat from habitat loss – the majority of England’s rivers are polluted and of poor ecological quality – and predation by non-native American mink. Since the 1950s, water vole populations have decreased by over 90%. 

Tim Hill, Conservation Manager at the Trust, says: “This is a major breakthrough for wildlife in the Ver Valley. Water voles are Britain’s fastest-declining mammal and need our help now – but it’s not too late to bring them back from the brink, as this and other projects in the area prove.”

The project is funded by the Debs Foundation, a charitable trust that supports animal welfare and wildlife charities. David Gittleson from the Debs Foundation says: “We are delighted to award a grant to Herts and Middlesex Wildlife Trust for a major programme to reintroduce the water vole to the River Ver. We believe it is important to help save this endangered animal and we are very impressed with the planning done for the scheme. We very much look forward to working with the Trust and the Ver Valley Society who have been so supportive.”

The Trust is working with landowners including Gorhambury Estate as well as Ver Valley Society who are keen to see water voles in the river again. John Pritchard, Chairman of the Ver Valley Society says: “Our Society has been working hard for years to enhance the environment through practical works and lobbying for restoration of the Ver. Bringing back water voles to the Ver Valley is recognition of the quality of the habitat and capitalises on the prospect of improved flows.”

In 2015, Herts and Middlesex Wildlife Trust introduced water voles to Thorley Wash Nature Reserve near Bishop’s Stortford. Today, the animals are thriving there and have since moved up and down the River Stort, expanding their territories and populations substantially.

You can find more information and updates at hertswildlifetrust.org.uk/verwatervoles.

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