Ex­pert knowl­edge can save Om­ber­s­ley

Country Life Every Week - - Letters To The Editor -

THE ob­vi­ous so­lu­tion for Om­ber­s­ley Court in Worces­ter­shire (Town & Coun­try, Fe­bru­ary 1) is for the ex­ecu­tors to vest the free­hold of the prop­erty—in­clud­ing the house, the sta­bles and the park—and its chat­tels in the Om­ber­s­ley Con­ser­va­tion Trust. This was set up by the late Lord and Lady Sandys and al­ready owns some houses in the vil­lage and the es­tate.

If the trust has con­cerns about pre­sent­ing and pre­serv­ing the build­ing, then it could lease the prop­erty to a sep­a­rate char­i­ta­ble trust for a min­i­mum of 90 years. The trustees of this lat­ter body could be ap­pointed for their ex­per­tise in rel­e­vant fields.

Such an ar­range­ment would hon­our the wishes of Lord Sandys and help se­cure the fu­ture of the house. John Martin Robin­son, by email

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