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A National Trust parkland near Worcester has raised over £16,000 to help fund badly needed repairs of one of their busiest pathways.

In only eight months, over 8,000 raffle tickets were sold which funded the installation of a well trodden path at Croome.

“The new Wilderness Walk path looks great and has been really well received by visitors and volunteers at Croome,” said Katherine Alker, Croome’s Garden and Park Manager. “The chip surface looks similar to what would have been there in the 18th century, but this is much more hard wearing.”

The path, once a historic route used by the Earl of Coventry to walk from the nearby Church of Mary Magdalene to the arboretum, is continuing works to improve access around Croome for all visitors, especially those with mobility vehicles and pushchairs.

Each year, raffle ticket sales enable Croome to restore another part of the historic property and as the National Trust match the sale of each £1 ticket it means that the property doubles its money.

One volunteer in particular who played a huge part in reaching this target was Shirley Bowles. Shirley, who has volunteered at various National Trust places during the last 15 years, has become one of Croome’s most successful raffle ticket sellers.

“I’m delighted to have played a part in raising funds to enable the work on Wilderness Walk path,” said Shirley Bowles, one of the volunteers at Croome. “It’s great for visitors to be able to see what happens to the funds raised by selling raffle tickets and that it ‘makes a difference’.”

Croome is open throughout the year. The park and lakeside are open from 10am until 4.30pm and Croome Court is open from 11am to 4pm every day. Normal admission applies.

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Image credit: Peter Young