It was our great pleasure to welcome the Malverns District Scouts to plant a lime tree at Eastnor Deer Park yesterday to contribute to the Queen’s Green Canopy project, marking Her Majesty’s Platinum Jubilee later this year.

The Queen’s Green Canopy is a unique tree planting initiative which invites people from across the United Kingdom to “Plant a Tree for the Jubilee”.

Everyone from individuals to Scout and Girlguiding groups, villages, cities, counties, schools and corporates are encouraged to play their part to enhance our environment by planting trees during the official planting season between October and March. Tree planting will commence again in October 2022 and run through to March 2023.

With a focus on planting sustainably, the project will encourage planting of trees to create a legacy in honour of The Queen’s leadership of the Nation, which will benefit future generations. 

Eastnor Deer Park has a long and proud history of scouting groups planting trees. Three oaks were planted in 1937 at the Scout Jamboree held in the Deer Park; this jamboree was held at the invitation of Lord Somers, then deputy Chief scout and owner of the Eastnor estate, and was attended by Lord Baden-Powell. For the Queen’s Silver Jubilee in 1977, a Camp was held in the Deer Park for all Scouts in the Malverns District and a 4th Oak tree was planted.

James and Lucy Hervey-Bathurst attended the tree planting this morning alongside Pauline Richardson, District Chair of Malvern Scouts, and Nat Hone, a Deputy Lieutenant of Herefordshire.

James Hervey-Bathurst, who is the Hereford Chairman of the Green Canopy Campaign, said “We were delighted to welcome the Scouts on Sunday. My grandfather succeeded Lord Baden-Powell as Chief Scout in 1940 so we have a long tradition with the Scouting community which we hope will continue into the future”.

We look forward to seeing the new lime tree grow as it settles into its Eastnor home!

We have been restoring Clencher’s Mill, a watermill near the edge of the estate off the Glynch Brook. It was bought in about 1700 and has medieval origins. It was modernised in 1812 and redundant after 1939.

Most of the original mechanical equipment has survived and has been put back into working order with the help of a number of grants, referred to in more detail in my earlier blog, but one vital machine was missing, namely the bolter, perhaps not unexpectedly given one alternative meaning for its name. When in place, its job is to separate the meal ie the ground wheat that comes out of the millstones and consists of flour and bran. Some mills just supplied wholemeal ie the mixture, but there is clear evidence that we had a bolter at our mill as certain elements remained.

Rather than have a new one made, we looked for an old one. Alan Stoyel from the SPAB: https://www.spab.org.uk/spab-mills-section/ identified one at Wormbridge Mill, near Hereford, which had closed in about 1900. It was still in place, and the owner, a good friend of ours, was happy to part with it as all the rest of the equipment had already been removed, probably for scrap. It did not quite fit through the door and needed quite a bit of wood replacing, which was undertaken by John Churchill of Burns & Churchill in Ledbury. It was also narrowed to fit.

 Eastnor Grounds workers

The images show John, with Steve Howick, our project manager and dedicated volunteer, and Adam Marriott, our millwright, taking a break from fitting new parts and talking to Norman Walker, a retired gamekeeper who used to live at Wormbridge Mill and who remembers the bolter and rest of the mill machinery in place. He was glad to see it being restored and put back to work, though there is some way to go before fine bolted flour is available for baking.

We have also recently had the benefit of a visit by John Brandrick a great expert in the matter of recording mill structures and machinery. His skills in the art of technical drawings are clearly evident in the picture below which allows us to see in one view all aspects of the mill.  John’s work is of exceptional quality and more can be viewed on his very informative website at   https://milldrawings.com/

The team has made excellent progress and seems to have enjoyed the job so far. We hope to be ready when the mill has an open day on 14th May at 10.30am.

JH-B
21st February 2016

We are lucky enough to have a lot of weddings at Eastnor.  They are usually very happy occasions, though making all the arrangements can sometimes be quite demanding as every ceremony and reception is different.  Proposals and engagements are inevitably more private affairs, and if any couples get engaged at Eastnor, we rarely hear about it.

 

So it was wonderful to learn of the engagement of Gareth Roberts & Rachel White at the recent Midland Rovers Owners Club rally in the Park.  The MROC have been coming to Eastnor for over 40 years, but this part of the programme was a first.  Gareth persuaded Rachel to drive to part of the park where there is a good view of the Castle and where Land Rover Experience drivers often take a coffee break.  He said they were to collect a piece of equipment left there earlier in the Rally, and when they could not find it, he suggested they should wait there for a while and take in the view. Shortly afterwards, the convoy shown in the image appeared and the answer to his question was “Yes”, although the words read from right to left.  He gave Rachel a conventional engagement ring supplemented by a special ring in the form of a hexagon nut as Rachel is a Land Rover enthusiast too.

It was all recorded on video and can be seen on You Tube.  We wish the couple every happiness, and many more rallies in Eastnor Park.  The MROC should be back for the annual Memorial Trial in memory of my father next autumn.  I wonder if others will follow Gareth’s romantic lead?

Many thanks to gareth and Rachel for agreeing to this blog and to Russ Brown, Clubs Editor, of Land Rover Owner International for the background information!

JH-B
23rd June 2015