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Estate gets by with a little help from its friends

 Published on: 19th December 2018   |   By: Tim Green   |   Category: Uncategorized

A group which looks after the Chorleywood House Estate is appealing for new members to join in 2019.

The Friends of Chorleywood House Estate meet twice a month to undertake a variety of projects including planting native bulbs, establishing a wildflower area and keeping scrub under control in an area of rare chalk grassland.

Some of the larger projects have included refurbishing the ornamental pond in front of the main house.  The Friends have also worked with a local chainsaw artist to create a number of animal carvings in the trees which are now a very popular visitor attraction.

Doug King, chairman of the group, said members enjoy helping make the estate such a special place for people to visit.

He commented: “We are thrilled that the Estate is so highly appreciated and we are looking forward to the projects we’ll be carrying out in 2019 – and of course the cake and coffee!  We’re always delighted to be joined by new volunteers to the group, and we can assure them of a warm welcome.”

Chris Lloyd, lead member for leisure at Three Rivers District Council, said the group plays an extremely important role.

He added: “Three Rivers District Council has an invaluable partnership with the Friends of Chorleywood House Estate. We all know being outdoors is good for us but the Friends have the added benefit of getting some exercise as well as completing a satisfying project. I would like to thank all those who have given their time in 2018.”

For more information, telephone Tim Venner on 01923 284320 or email

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