The “Friends of Chorleywood House Estate” (FoCWHE) are eagerly awaiting March 29th according to their Secretary Tim Venner who says  “This is when our working parties can resume, albeit limited to 6 members.  Mother Nature doesn’t observe lockdown, and nettles and brambles keep on growing despite the restrictions. Current lockdown rules do permit 2 people to exercise in pairs, so during the winter months we have been doing what we can, whilst staying within the law.”
Last year, CRA ex-chairman Owen Edis and Tim successfully persuaded TRDC to remove the unsightly and dilapidated fence along the A 404, and replace it with a post and rail.  This gave an excellent view of the jungle immediately behind. Bit by bit this has been removed by FoCWHE working parties, opening up the view across the Estate, and revealing the magnificent rhododendrons which are coming into bud – one reason why more and more people have been visiting the Estate during lockdown. The Council has replaced and updated the information boards, and shortly will be improving the surface of the parking area by the public tennis courts.
Spring is a lovely time to visit the Estate.  The wild daffodils are flowering in Wood Walk, and will be followed in a few weeks by the native bluebells.  For more information about the Estate, visit the website at  If you would like to encourage the “Friends” by becoming a member (£5 annual donation), or would like to help with the regular Tuesday morning working parties, just get in touch with Tim (