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Elmore Court, the award-winning wedding venue in Gloucestershire, has announced details of its ambitious rewilding plans which include the opening of six sustainably built treehouses this spring, nestled in the estate's woodland, a stone's throw from the River Severn. They will mark the 10th anniversary of the opening of Elmore Court to the public as a wedding venue. It's a significant move which will allow visitors beyond those attending private functions to stay on the estate for the first time and enjoy the flourishing flora and fauna and experience the wildlife first-hand as the landscape evolves.
The Elmore estate inhabits a bend in the River Severn, close to the cathedral city of Gloucester, which has been the Guise family seat for almost 750 years with Anselm Guise inheriting it in 2007 from his uncle. From the very start, Anselm had a clear focus to work towards the estate being able to function as sustainably as possible. Firstly, by renovating the house and building The Gillyflower, a fully sound-proofed entertainment space made from rammed-earth and timber from the estate, and also installing a biomass boiler fuelled by the woodlands on the estate fending off any need to rely on other heat sources. Shortly after this, attention was focused on curating and expanding the gardens. A large Victorian-style conservatory was built to grow food which is also grown on the land within the walled gardens. In 2020, Anselm made a further commitment setting aside 250 of the 1000-acre estate to rewilding, ceasing to cultivate that land and allow nature to flourish.
He tells us, "We are reimagining the estate, taking it back to a closer relationship to the best bit of the ways things were, where the land and the people on it served each other to the benefit of all. By combining rewilding and regenerative farming, we will increase biodiversity, improve the soil, produce food and allow the land to breathe colour and positivity back into our environment."
To find out more and to book for a wedding, visit https://www.elmorecourt.com