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Final plans for historic Norfolk ice house now home to bats

PUBLISHED: 11:35 09 July 2018

Ketteringham Ice House at Ladybelt County Park. Picture: East Carleton and Ketteringham Parish Council

Ketteringham Ice House at Ladybelt County Park. Picture: East Carleton and Ketteringham Parish Council

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Plans have been submitted for the final stage of the restoration of a historic Norfolk ice house that is now home to rare hibernating bats.

Daubenton's bat. Picture: Bat Conservation Trust/PADaubenton's bat. Picture: Bat Conservation Trust/PA

The Grade II listed Ketteringham Ice House at Ladybelt County Park used to serve the nearby Ketteringham Hall when ice from the lake was stored in the building which served as a ‘refrigerator’.

The Victorian building in the 54-acre public country park looked after by East Carleton and Ketteringham Parish Council has been fully restored and is now a hibernation spot for Daubenton’s bats. Protruding brick perches have been installed inside for bats to hang from.

Plans submitted to South Norfolk Council for the final restoration phase of the 11-year project, to be carried out around the bat hibernating season from October to May, include new paths, fencing and planting. Landscaping would also include a new raised viewpoint of the ice house, seating and historical and ecological interpretation information for visitors.


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