|Dear Friends of La Rochelle,
The La Rochelle team would like to wish you all a very happy 2016 and thank you for your ongoing support for the ‘La Rochelle Project’.
2015 has been a very busy and exciting year for us at La Rochelle and we’d like to take this opportunity to share with you what we have achieved over the last few months and where we want to go in 2016.
Together with the National Trust of Zimbabwe, we aim to develop the La Rochelle property and estate into a creative ‘nexus’ of educational, cultural and environmental excellence in Southern Africa – upholding the vision that Sir Stephen and Lady Virginia Courtauld had for the estate.
Our mission is to inspire creativity through multidisciplinary programming. The La Rochelle Centre will provide leaders, farmers, horticulturalists, teachers, artists and professionals with the ‘space’ and support they need to think and to create, to develop and to make positive things ‘happen’ in a complex environment.
We have managed to achieve a number of important steps towards this vision during 2015 and have many more projects that we will be focussing on during the course of 2016 .
- Completed all urgent structural repairs to the hotel and grounds.
- Restored and upgraded the estate including the Hotel and grounds.
- Refurbished many parts of the garden and more recently with the very generous assistance from the Nick Roditi headed Curtain Organisation (to the National Trust of Zimbabwe) renovated the water furrow that feeds the arboretum, many of the ponds and artificial streams as well as a complete overhaul of the famous orchid house. The latter is now orientated around you - our guest – so that you can stroll around well laid out paths surrounded by streams and waterfalls and select various plants to purchase for your own garden.