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Tree planting sites discovered among the Ghosts

The Tree Council

January 27, 2023

Team Tree Council (TTC) could be uncovering some spooky activity after stumbling across a site famous for its ghostly residents, while scouting planting locations in Surrey.

Ian Turner, TTC’s Head of Major Planting Projects and Ecology – Southern Region, was exploring the area when he was invited to walk a little further and take a look around the grounds of West Horsley Place – a stately pile better known to BBC television viewers as the fictional Button House from the hit show, Ghosts.

Ian said: “We weren’t expecting to go to West Horsley Place that day, in fact we didn’t know about the estate or why it’s famous, but it was a real treat to be introduced to the incredible team there.

“It was only after a brief chat and walk from the car park to the house that we discovered that it was actually very familiar.”

Ian and Team Tree Council colleagues are now in talks with real-life custodians the West Horsley Place Trust, with maps being drawn up to assess potential sites for tree planting.

The Trust seeks to bring the buildings back into good repair, enhance the environmental quality of the 380-acre estate, and enrich peoples’ wellbeing through arts, heritage and nature.

Currently under discussion are proposals to introduce seven new planting areas to the south and west of the main building on the site, including an orchard.

West Horsley Place – or Button House – provides the setting for the BBC show, first in aired in 2019, as an unexpected legacy received by one half of young couple, Mike and Alison.

The pair move in with plans to develop the dilapidated stately home, but soon discover they aren’t the only residents.

Also calling Button House home are a motley assortment of ghosts, all of whom died in varying circumstances on the grounds – but only Alison can see them and communicate with them.

The hit show, now in its fourth series, has also been adapted to acclaim in the United States.

Ian added: “The house and gardens are a magical place with so many layers of history, there couldn’t be a better place to be featured in Ghosts.”

Located near Guildford, West Horsley Place itself dates from around 1425 but records show a building has been on site for more than 1,000 years.

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