Caroline Beacall – our friend and contact at Shugborough

“I moved to Shugborough five years ago from Hanbury Hall where I joined the National Trust in 2004 first as an apprentice, then as a Gardener and a Senior Gardener.”

Caroline busy mowing for us in the apiary

In 2019 I became Shugborough’s first female Head Gardener. I lead a fantastic team and we care for, and manage the Walled Garden and Pleasure Grounds – consisting of Arboretum and formal garden.

Over the next few years Shugborough is going to see lots of changes that will help us conserve the estate whilst opening long dormant areas for our visitors.

I echo Hayley’s comment that this is complex and very varied project (see p2 – January 2022 Newsletter).

Everything at Shugborough is being considered. Saying that, it’s also incredibly exciting, especially with the developments in the Walled Garden where there are already several projects underway.

We’re also working closely with yourselves, SS&DBKA, to ensure that your future apiary is set up with everything you need, and in the interim, providing meeting room spaces, along with facilities at The Kennels apiary (water, electric and toilet facilities) and I will be joining you at your AGM in March with Hayley Mival, our General Manager.

Finally, I’d like to extend a heartfelt ‘thank you’ to everyone who helped move the apiary from the Walled Garden to the paddock at The Kennels last year. It is amazing what was achieved.

Best wishes

Caroline