In support of The Woodland Trust’s ‘Plant Trees; MORE Woods’ initiative, Crathorne Hall, located just outside the pretty market town of Yarm, has designated more than a hectare of unused grassland to the project, which aims to plant 64 million native trees by 2028.
The 1000+ new saplings introduced at Crathorne will encourage more than 12 native wildlife species to take up residency, and are being planted by children from local schools and colleges, charity volunteers from the local community and the hotel team lead by General Manager Chris Porter.
The initiative is part of Crathorne Hall’s commitment to proactively develop the sustainability of plant and wildlife in their grounds, driven by a strong CSR directive from the wider Hand Picked Hotels’ brand. This policy includes replacing fallen or dead trees, leveraging grounds for kitchen and herb gardens for use in the restaurants and bars and making and installing tree boxes for birds, bats and owls to nest and monitor for future planting.
General Manager Chris Porter, commented, “Over the years, Crathorne Hall has worked hard to protect the wildlife within the estate and encourage new species to reside so I am delighted to support this project and look forward to seeing the fruits of all our labours grow in this area.
“Our grounds and gardens are a huge part of the hotel’s appeal which includes everything from manicured lawns, a sunken garden, wild grasslands with hand-built beehives and a naturally inspired woodland walk where guests and visitors can spot a number of birds and other wildlife that have made Crathorne their home.”
The Native Woodland Project also coincides with the hotel’s support for UK based charity ‘TReeS’ (the Tambopata Reserve Society), which helps small but significant conservation and tree planting projects in the protected areas of the Tambopata Reserve in the Peruvian Amazon near to where Crathorne Hall’s former General Manager, Elizabeth Raine used to live. Elizabeth recently transferred to the group’s Ettington Park in Stratford-Upon-Avon, but remains close to the project at Crathorne, where Chris and the team will donate £1 for each tree planted to TReeS. In this area of Peru £1,000 would pay for the reforestation of 2-3 hectares of native forest, making a real impact on the environment and to the Tambopata Reserve.
The 4-star 37-bedroom Crathorne Hall has a traditional stately home façade, with elegant period features both inside and out, and offering captivating views of the Leven Valley.
The estate has a rich history as the largest country house built during the reign of Edward VII for the Dugdale family who resided there until 1977 before Lord Crathorne and his family bought the estate.
Distinguished visitors to Crathorne Hall have included The Queen Mother, The Prince of Wales and Prime Ministers Sir Anthony Eden, Sir Alec Douglas-Home, Harold Macmillan and Sir Edward Heath and Lord Crathorne himself, who as a local resident still visits regularly.