Charterhouse Heritage Park
Until now Charterhouse Heritage Park has been relatively unknown to all but the immediate community, who have continuously fought for its preservation against development pressures. Historic Coventry Trust is working to restore and preserve the landscape with the community.
Historic Coventry Trust, with the community’s support, will preserve the landscape in perpetuity, restore it and actively manage it as the Charterhouse Heritage Park.
The landscape around Charterhouse includes green fields, woodland, the River Sherbourne, the Grade II listed Sherbourne Viaduct and a disused railway line. The viaduct was designed by Stephenson in 1837 as part of the world’s first major inter-city railway.
The Heritage Park today has a surprising variety of wildlife. The river is home to moorhens, mallards, little egrets, heron, grey wagtails, kingfishers, dragonflies and damselflies. Muntjac deer, foxes, badgers, hedgehogs and rabbits roam the landscape. In the air are at least three different kinds of bat, swifts, pheasants, buzzards, sparrowhawks, kestrels, pied and grey wagtails, woodpeckers, and many butterfly species. It also provides a green lung for the city, a much-loved area for dog walking and, in winter, some of the best sledging slopes in Coventry.
Working with Historic Coventry Trust, Coventry City Council is recreating the monastic fishpond to within the outer precinct wall and installing a new children’s play area. Warwickshire Wildlife Trust is leading a National Lottery Heritage Funded project to restore the River Sherbourne and to create a new wetland area, and to the north of Charterhouse a community orchard has already been planted using traditional varieties of fruit trees.
With support from Severn Trent Community Fund and Coventry City Council, Historic Coventry Trust will start work in 2021 to create a new cycle and pedestrian path along the former railway goods line (the Loop Line) linking Charterhouse and Gosford Green.