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Shelley Savage, centre, with the Woodland Trust's Karen Trickey, left, and Paul Kitching of the Natural History Museum at Tring. Photo by Mike Bass

Shelley Savage, centre, with the Woodland Trust's Karen Trickey, left, and Paul Kitching of the Natural History Museum at Tring. Photo by Mike Bass

A history society has published a book to highlight a hidden treasure as part of a £320,000 lottery grant project to encourage tourism at the beauty spot.

A Surprising Walk In Tring Park by Shelley Savage details the history of the former Rothschild estate of 264 acres, beginning with its first recording in the Domesday Book during the Ice Age and working right through to the present day.

Now owned by the Woodland Trust, the chalk grassland is benefiting from a full lottery grant of £320,000 which was awarded for a project called Experience Tring, which is in partnership with the Natural History Museum.

The grant means the trust can improve access to Tring Park, restore landscapes and monuments within the park and develop an events programme to promote the park, museum and the town to visitors and tourists.

Author Shelley, of Icknield Way, Tring, said: “The Natural History Museum has hundreds of thousands visitors each year but so many of them don’t know anything about Tring Park, even though it’s just yards away.

“The people of Tring love it and treat it as their own, with its humpy and bumpy chalk hills, but we need to tell more people about it and encourage visitors.”

Tring mayor Roxanne Ransley attended the official launch party at the Natural History Museum along with representatives of all three charities, which will split the proceeds from the income of the book, which is priced at £3.50 a copy.

The book, with a cover designed by Maud Eager of Berkhamsted, is available to buy at both the Tring Local History Museum on Brook Street and the Natural History Museum on Akeman Street.

 

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