What's On

Situations Vacant

Head Housekeeper - 5 days a week with some weekends - salary on application

Nanny/After School Help - Hours and salary on application

For an informal and confidential discussion, please contact Olivia Berry - office@grimstontrust.co.uk or call 01727 855000

Gorhambury House Opening

Gorhambury in Focus

Due to major refurbishment works at Gorhambury, public tours of the 18th century rooms continue to be temporarily suspended for 2021. Instead, we are offering visitors a programme of events including talks by Viscountess Grimston and members of the team who are working on the refurbishment project to give new perspectives on the house, its refurbishment and the art collection. For more information on any of these events please don't hesitate in contacting us (details below)

For our full schedule, please see our

December

Christmas Wreath Making

Wednesday 8th December

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

Please note due to COVID-19 restrictions we have a limited number of tickets available for each event.

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.

Gorhambury House

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