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Constable Family Initiates Ambitious Restoration and Conservation Project at Historic East Yorkshire Cultural Heritage Site, Reviving the Arboretum

The Constable family has embarked on an ambitious restoration and conservation project to rejuvenate the Arboretum at Burton Constable Holiday Park, demonstrating their dedication to preserving their natural and cultural heritage. This initiative includes a comprehensive tree-planting program in ancient woodlands and efforts to enhance the health of the 250-year-old lakes on the Park. The restoration project commenced with the planting of 100 oak trees in May of this year, employing environmentally friendly biodegradable tree guards from Hull-based Rainbow Professional to minimise ecological impact.

Founder John Constable, affectionately known as “Mr C,” originally planted the Arboretum over a span of 2-3 years starting in 2006. The design of the Arboretum drew inspiration from the formal gardens of Versailles and serves as a tranquil space for leisurely woodland walks. The rejuvenation of Mr C’s arboretum involves the acquisition and planting of trees to reinforce this unique space two decades later. The Arboretum’s layout, conceptualised by Mr C and Stephen Bean Associates, comprises distinct sections featuring a diverse array of trees, both local and exotic, symbolising the rooms of Burton Constable Hall. For instance, the Chapel section includes Incense Cedars, Judas Trees, and Trees of Heaven.

Rodrica, Mr C’s daughter, and Jack, his grandson, represent the 33rd generation of Constables responsible for the estate. Jack emphasised the significance of forestry as a connection between the past and future generations, highlighting the role of mature trees planted by ancestors and the responsibility to plant trees for the benefit of descendants. Mr C’s arboretum, created shortly before his passing, serves as a timeless gift to future generations, reinforcing the family’s role as custodians of the estate.

The multi-year rejuvenation of the expansive 30-acre arboretum aligns with Burton Constable Holiday Park’s ongoing environmental mission, which has earned the park the prestigious David Bellamy Gold Conservation Award. In addition to fulfilling Mr C’s original design by planting the remaining “rooms” outlined in the 2007 plan, efforts will be made to reintroduce specimens (either of the same species or suitable alternatives) that have been lost over the years due to natural attrition.

Park Manager Lee Marshall underscored the significance of receiving the highest accolade of the David Bellamy Award, noting that their park sets a prime example for other holiday parks to emulate. Groundsman Mike Porter emphasised the year-round appeal of the Arboretum, showcasing its diverse seasonal personalities, including the breathtaking autumnal colors in October and November.

The rejuvenated park will offer valuable educational opportunities for local residents, schools, Holiday Park visitors, and arborists interested in studying unique East Yorkshire specimens. The park plans to establish pathways and signage to facilitate learning about tree identification. Complementing the restored arboretum is a new interactive digital map, offering a wealth of information about different tree species and their connection to the Constable family’s heritage.

Local families are invited to explore the restoration efforts firsthand by strolling through the Arboretum. Additional project details can be found on the Burton Constable Holiday Park’s website.

Sam Allcock
Sam Allcockhttps://businesslancashire.co.uk/
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