Fixing the stable roof for the building and for the bats

Work is just beginning on the stable block roof at Parke. It is leaking in places and is becoming structurally unsound so the National Trust (owner) and the Dartmoor National Park Authority (tenant) are running a joint £25,000 project to fix it. The roof space is also home to a colony of several hundred lesser horseshoe bats so we have called upon the expertise of George Bemmant the local / national bat expert to advise us on how and when to carry out the project to conserve the bats and stay within the law.

Stables 3The stable block from the front of the house with the Walled Garden walls and the orchard in the background

Stables 2Lots of scaffolding but not as complex (or expensive!) as that at Castle Drogo!

Stables 1Scaffolding at the back of the stables next to my office

Will provide an update as the work progresses – a great project which will conserve both our cultural and natural heritage.


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