Hartlebury Castle in fresh appeal over future

By Heather Large | Kidderminster | Music | Published:

There is still time to donate to a crowd-funding appeal to help secure the future of the historic home of the Bishops of Worcester for over 1,000 years.

Hartlebury Castle in Kidderminster has reopened their gardens for free

Hartlebury Castle Preservation Trust is asking for help following a "devastating loss of income" due to the pandemic.

As a result of lockdown, the castle, near Kidderminster, was closed to visitors and a dozens of events have been cancelled.

An appeal was launched to raise £10,000 and currently stands at £4,738 with 107 donors. But organisers are still hoping to reach their target before the campaign closes on July 8.

Following recent Government guidelines, the castle will reopen to the public on Saturday but the preservation trust can only afford to open the Bishop’s House on Friday, Saturday and Sunday each week.

Chairman Paul West said: “The Castle has an amazing history which belongs to us all. It is a beautiful, peaceful place which is enjoyed by people of all ages and hosts a wide range of events with something for everyone. It would be tragic if this were lost to the people of Worcestershire and beyond.”

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By Heather Large
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Senior reporter and part of the Express & Star special projects team specialising in education and human interest features.

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