In Hillingdon, one of the Trust’s projects, Eastcote House Gardens’ 18th century dovecote has just reopened to the public with new nesting boxes, whitewashed walls, new slats in the louvre and a restored door. The cat flap was a new discovery, previously boarded over. And a dove has taken up residence.
A dovecote has been on this site since the end of the 16th century. Display panels inside explain the history of dove-keeping.