New monument for Woolbeding House?

A NEW monument could be constructed in the grounds of Woolbeding House.

A planning application has been submitted proposing to construct a monument from Fittleworth stone, in keeping with that used on the main house.

Following the Great Storm of 1987, a tulip tree situated in the grounds was uprooted and a stone memorial was built to commemorate it.

The new monument has been designed in sympathy with the existing memorial, which is situated in the eastern garden of the house.

The latest addition would be situated on top of a natural rise in the ground to give a clear view directly to the centre of the monument for the fallen tree, which the designed statement said was ‘well-known and much-loved’.

The new monument has been designed by Richard Lincoln, of architectural company Lincoln Campbell Quinn.

The application said the design took into account the tendency for lead thefts in the area, so the roof would be constructed from basalt stone.

The National Trust Architectural Panel has been consulted on the design throughout its development and approves of its location.

A planning application for the proposed stone monument has been made to the South Downs National Park Authority, where it is now pending consideration.