Cake, Catch-Up & Capability Brown!

Compton Verney certainly isn’t different from many arts or heritage organisations in that volunteering is crucial to achieving its aims. As a result, and to mark the start of the twenty fourteen season I last week arranged a small gathering of grounds volunteers for cake, catch-up and Capability Brown chat! And where did we meet? The atmospheric (and freshly swept!) gun room! I hasten to add that guns stopped being stored there many, many moons ago!

The Compton Verney grounds team might be small by some estate standards, less than ten in total, but we’re certainly a multi-skilled team. Indeed, when we’re out working in the grounds, we’re spread so thinly that you would be hard-pressed to find one of us at all! Consequently, as the team slowly grows it has become more important than ever to gather together so that we’re all reading off the same hymn sheet.

During our meeting I made opportunity to bring the team up to scratch with our business plan for the foreseeable future, and of course we talked about our new Local Wildlife Site status, explaining how this worked and its opportunities. We then moved on to some of our exciting grounds-based events for the year, including digital SLR photography workshops and tree climbing days – and it was great to get such positive reactions from the team.

The most fascinating part however was a chat through the many elements of our exciting Heritage Lottery Funded project, which concerns the chapel and grounds. For this I was helped along by Chris Carter, one of our respected governors with a long association with the grounds at Compton Verney, and we jointly brought the team up-to-speed. This subject alone offers such great opportunity for the grounds, and we’re all really engaged and ready for action!

Following the indoor session, we ventured out to tour many of the locations where change could be effected, and it was really heartening to see the team chatting and laughing. It was a reminder for me of why the landscape and its renovation is so valuable – it really does bring people together. Yes, behind all our light-hearted chat, and in front of our eyes were the tasks that need attending over the coming weeks and months, but our gathering allowed us to see the cause more clearly I suppose, and for me was a real penny-dropping moment.

At this point, before veering towards another volunteer advertisement, I shall draw this post to a close with a huge thank you to the current team. We have already achieved so much over the last few years, and on behalf of Compton Verney we’re thankful and glad that you’re on board!

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2 thoughts on “Cake, Catch-Up & Capability Brown!

  1. Gordon Archer

    Hi

    What about the fishing we do not seem to hear much about this or the lake and how its being managed. This is something I would really like to be involved with. The Fishing season closed period is soon upon us and we need to get together all the fishing members like last year but without the argument:-)

    Have you thought about stocking trout to give it some life nothing like watch trout jump on a summer evening

    Regards Gordon Archer

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    1. Grounds Team Post author

      Hi Gordon, Thanks for the comment. You’re quite right, the lake does need more coverage, and there will be a post in the very near future to address the balance, but apart from the introduction of some fish just two weeks ago, our physical activity with the lake has been limited of late. In terms of the meeting, I’ve a new format for the gathering planned this year, and members will be hearing about this shortly via the anglers e-bulletin or via letter – please keep an eye out for this one. In terms of trout suggestion, it would be lovely to see them jump but there are no plans to add any other species of fish at present; the focus of our management is to improve the water and fish quality overall.
      Hopefully we can catch up at the gathering in May, and I can make our plans much clearer!
      Thanks again, kind regards, Gary

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