April 12 2019 @ 10:58 by Steven Hugill
Visitors to a National Trust attraction will no longer have to contend with a muddy morass while parking their cars, thanks to a Teesside firm.
Scott Bros donated 80 tonnes of aggregate and carried out resurfacing work to a section of overspill parking space at Ormesby Hall, in Middlesbrough.
The area, which in off-season converts into the historic Georgian mansion’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 at Stockton-based Scott Bros, 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. The area will be further enhanced with the use of split timber, which will be fixed to the ground to mark out 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.”
Mr Scott added: “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 that make a positive contribution to an area 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.”
As well as Ormesby 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.