New fawn makes big impression at Lotherton Hall

Caption: The first new fawn of the year has arrived at Lotherton Hall.

A popular Leeds country estate is celebrating after welcoming its first fawn of 2014.

The new arrival has already made himself very much at home in the deer park located in the grounds of Lotherton Hall, which this year has a number of new exciting features. These include a new path which takes visitors into the deer park and a hide which provides the perfect cover to spot those deer which are a little bit shy. Improved information is also available for youngsters to learn more about the deer and other wildlife on the estate, while new seating, a pond and a marsh for the frogs, toads and newts has also been installed. These new features have been provided as part of funding from the council’s Aiming High for Disabled short break fund, and sit aside other attractions including a bird garden, stables, a gift shop and café.

Once visitors have enjoyed the outside delights of Lotherton Hall, the inside of the house also has much to offer. This includes a range of rare items and collections, and a new interactive area that allows visitors to explore the story of one of Lotherton’s most famous families, the Gascoignes, and find out more about their travels around the world from the 1700s onwards. Also featured is a dressing-up room which is available in the house and a range of tactile interpretation cabinets.

Councillor Jack Dunn, Leeds City Council’s lead member for the environment said:

"We are absolutely delighted to welcome our first fawn to the Lotherton Hall estate this year, and it is great news that the new arrival is doing really well.

"Lotherton Hall is a really fantastic place to visit, and on our estate there is a plenty to do for all the family to enjoy, including a lovely bird garden and stables."

Notes to editors:

Lotherton Hall:

Lotherton Hall Estate is a charming Edwardian house and country estate. A single entrance price allows access to the house, with its wonderful collections of fine and decorative arts and a dedicated fashion gallery, and extensive grounds with an abundance of activities to keep everyone busy. Lotherton Hall has undergone numerous changes over the last few years since becoming one whole visitor attraction. With this new and larger audience the house has adapted by improving access and introducing a new range of family-friendly facilities. Other recent improvements have seen the re-opening of the Servants’ Rooms on the ground floor following a major restoration last year.

Lotherton Hall has been displaying fashion since its early days of being a museum in 1968, showing fine examples of both historic and more contemporary fashions.

Address: Lotherton Lane, Aberford, Leeds, LS25 3EB

Tel: 0113 378 2959

Email: lotherton.hall@leeds.gov.uk

Web address: www.leeds.gov.uk/lothertonhall

See our member’s page for year round entry: www.leeds.gov.uk/lothertonmembers

Summer opening times (March to October) House, café, shop and bird garden: 10:00 to 17:00 with last entry at 16:15. Estate gates: 07:30 to 20:00.

For media enquiries, please contact;

Colin Dickinson, Leeds City Council press office (0113) 39 51578

Email: colin.dickinson@leeds.gov.uk