VISITORS to Ormesby Hall in Middlesbrough will no longer have to contend with a muddy morass whilst parking their cars, thanks to Teesside firm Scott Bros.
The recycling experts donated 80 tonnes of aggregate and carried out the work to resurface the National Trust property’s overspill car park.
The area – which in off-season converts into the historic attraction’s main car park – regularly turns into a quagmire after sustained periods of wet weather. Conditions can deteriorate to such an extent that staff are called upon to help free visitors’ cars and, in some cases, call for a tow from the estate tractor.
Peter Scott, a director of the Stockton-based firm, offered to solve the long-running problem by donating two lorry-loads of aggregate along with a mechanical digger and roller to complete the project.
Scott Bros. staff also removed a large quantity of fly-tipped garden waste from the site to leave everything looking neat and tidy. The area will be further enhanced with the use of split timber, which will be fixed to the ground to mark out the 50 parking spaces.
The main parking area is on a grassed surface and is used throughout the summer but closes during the off-season to allow it to recover.
Alex Hennessey, Operations Manager at Ormesby Hall, said: “We are very grateful to Scott Bros for both supplying the aggregate and carry out the work to resurface the car park.
“It will make a tremendous difference to our visitors. Ormesby Hall is a classic Georgian mansion which is a favourite destination for both local people and those visiting from further afield.”
As well as the hall itself, the property is a popular destination for dog walkers and those coming to enjoy the springtime display of daffodils, tulips, bluebells and rhododendrons in the walled garden.
Peter Scott, of Scott Bros, said: “Ormesby Hall is one of the icons of Teesside and is close to the hearts of many people.
“We are a local family-run company which is pleased to support projects which make a positive contribution to an area which we are very passionate about. I hope the work we have carried out banishes the muddy memories for motorists once and for all and improves the overall visitor experience.