This visit was organised by John Roe and the weather was glorious. The Chairman had difficulty calling the picnic to a halt but finally we started on our visit. At the entrance we met Steve Griffiths, the NT officer dealing with the woods and extensive grounds (excluding the garden). He had one of the Trust horses on display for us and showed us the latest horse logging equipment they were using. Erddig has worked closely with the FC and purchased the team of horses to manage the woods in a sustainable way, they use a lot of timber on site for various projects, and during open hours the horses are used to provide "pony and trap" tours, this helps to earn their keep. The intention is to try to replace the use of tractors on the estate with horse power by 2010. After this we were given a potted history of the property and this proved to be very interesting. With formalities over we were free to go round the house and explore the relaxing gardens with lime trees and national collections of ivy and holly.
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© Les Starling