A popular part of Malvern’s heritage has been restored thanks to a legacy.
The Grade II listed Belvedere at the Wyche Cutting, owned and cared for by the Malvern Hills Trust, has been restored and repainted.
A generous legacy to the charity has enabled the Trust to make much-needed repairs and repaint the shelter to conserve it for future generations.
Duncan Bridges CEO said, ‘We’re extremely grateful to the late Mr Izzard and his family for this kind donation. We will be marking his contribution by installing a plaque at the shelter as permeant recognition of this gift.
A belvedere is defined as a ‘structure sited to take advantage of scenic view’ and the shelter at the Wyche Cutting offers a resting place for many a weary walker or cyclist travelling around the hills.
The shelter was erected in memory of Lt-Colonel A H Boulton and the colours used in the renovation were taken from the original architect’s drawings. A H Boulton led the 13th Gloucestershire Regiment and oversaw the building of the encampment above the railway line on Malvern Common. Following training exercises on the Hills (including up British Camp) the Lt-Col Boulton commanded the regiment through the First World War and returned to Malvern where he died in 1932.
Mr Bridges added ‘Although the Malvern Hills is a much-loved landscape and visited by hundreds of thousands of visitors each year, donations and legacies currently form a small proportion of our income.’
‘Whether the Malvern Hills and Commons are special to you for their heritage, wildlife, access, or for the memories that you’ve made here, your contribution will help us care for this landscape now and in the future.’
More information on donations and supporting the Trust’s work can be found here.