Rewilding in the Cotswolds
We are blessed in this part of the Cotswold's to be surrounded by an abundance of nature and wonderful open spaces - right on our own green doorstep (of over 220 acres) over a period of the last 25 years slowly nature has been given the space to "rewild" through wildflower planting and organic farming practices. More recently in 2012 the planting of over 200 native trees and the creation of a new woodland area brought excited news of an increasing number of rare and endangered farmland birds spotted within our grounds as well as an abundance of butterflies, moths and wildflowers.
Meet Our Rewilding Champion
As the nature around us has been given the space to flourish, our Head Gardener Steve and the Calcot team are now on a mission to enhance the project further by creating and sustaining this opportunity for a better connection of the wildlife on our doorstep and to encourage our guests to explore and enjoy our wild space.
Wild and Woody Walks
During the summer school holidays this year we teamed up with our nature loving friends at Wild Carrot to offer guests a chance to play on the wild side with our "Wild & Woody Wednesdays". A family walk, talk and exploration of the Chavenage woods all led by Wild Carrot forest experts and our fabulous Playbarn team - lots of forest fun and a bit of education thrown in too! We're looking forward to continuing this next year....
"Usually, hedgehogs hibernate for a period of around four months, from November to mid-March. However, this is dependent on the weather and in mild winters hedgehogs may remain active well into December so remember to keep water out for them in shallow dish and cat food if you can to help them get through the winter (don’t ever give them milk - this makes them very sick!). At Calcot we have lots of the prickly visitors and like to rehabilitate injured hedgehogs on our grounds where they can be safe to snuffle and grub about away from roads" - Steve, Head Gardener