Wellington Monument appeal gets funding boost

The project to help secure the future of the Wellington Monument has taken a “large step forward” after receiving an award of £100,000, the National Trust has said.

The monument is the tallest three-sided obelisk in the world and was built following the Duke of Wellington’s success at the Battle of Waterloo in 1815.

The National Trust began caring for it in 1934 and has undertaken regular renovations since this time but is now aiming to raise the funds needed for a full conservation repair estimated to cost £3.8m.

The funding boost from Viridor Credits Environmental Company means that the trust now has just over £1m left to raise.

Helen Sharp, National Trust project manager for Wellington Monument, said: “We are extremely pleased and grateful to receive this generous grant.

“This substantial sum of money will go a long way to help repair the monument. The more money we can raise, the more vital conservation work we can undertake.”

Conservationist inspecting the monument’s interior stonework – photo credit: John Millar

Rebecca Pow, MP for Taunton Deane, said the “generous” grant was a real boost to the restoration project.

She added: “Together with the whole community I am looking forward to this iconic monument once again being open.

“It is so important to preserve our history for future generations and I was pleased to reference this in the Chamber of the House of Commons thanking everyone involved.”

Gareth Williams, operations manager for Viridor Credits, said: “That Viridor Credits has been able to contribute to the restoration of this iconic monument is a testament to the National Trust’s passion for the work to be carried out, reflected in their application.

“We can’t wait to follow the progress of the work.”

Flying kites at the Wellington Monument – photo credit: John Millar

Ms Sharp added that the monument was “very important” to the local community.

She continued: “It has stood on the Blackdown Hills for over 200-years and the National Trust would like to ensure it stands for another 200-years.

“To many it acts as a gateway to the South West, and a place to gather, celebrate and meet with friends.

“We look forward to scaffolding going up in the autumn.”

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