Project Manager, Paul Coleman, gives us an update on the Folly.
For those not fortunate to have visited Wimpole recently, what a view hits you. From every approach you can we see the Folly, with its new crown as it rises above the park. The scaffolding is down, hoorrrraaaayy.
The sound of chain saws lingers in the air as our ranger team start to get on top of the years of scrub which has surrounded the walls and has choked the ornate moat. Work to remove the felled timber has included using horses, horse logging, see our Forester Simon’s blog for more on this. Over the next few months you will gradually see the ground being tendered, brambles removed, barbed wire taken down.
So what’s happening now…..
- The rear staircase is being crafted,
- The support walls outside for the balcony start to get rebuilt,
- We clear a vast pile of earth,
- The doors get repaired,
- Historic locks and door hinges get made to replicate ones from old photos,
- Inside we continue to repair the lower floors,
- We get to grip with flattening the ground where we made a little mess over the Winter,
- . . . and most importantly we get to admire the fab conservation work on the walls
If you visit the house, don’t forget to go to the Chancellors Dressing Room to admire the views.
We will be reporting on more conservation works over the next couple of weeks, so check the blog again.