Romance is in the air at Palace House, Beaulieu.
The Love Lock Tree is about to be opened to couples wishing to leave a symbol of their love. From Valentine’s Day they will be able to add padlocks to the steel and copper bonsai tree sculpture.
It was originally commissioned by Jonathan Montagu and Nathalie Montagu Daoust to symbolise their love, and all the guests at their wedding in 2014 were given a padlock engraved with their name and a copper leaf to attach to the tree, interlocked with that of their partners as a reminder of the bond made in the marriage ceremony. Guests then ceremonially threw the keys to their locks into the Beaulieu River. The tree was made by artist Clare Grotefeld.
Jonathan and Nathalie have now decided that they would like to open up their tree sculpture for couples visiting the Beaulieu attraction, to also make it a special place for them.
Nathalie said: “We loved the idea of having our own Love Lock Tree at Beaulieu and would like it to become a special place for other couples too.
“Tree sculptures that we have seen elsewhere look so much happier once they have been filled up with padlocks in all colours of the rainbow. So we decided that Valentine’s Day would be a good time to mark the opening of our Love Lock Tree to other couples.”
Couples who would like to help fill the tree with love, can buy padlocks from the Beaulieu attraction gift shop or bring their own engraved traditional square padlocks.
Palace House has been home to the Montagu family since 1538 and entry tickets to the attraction, which includes the National Motor Museum and Beaulieu Abbey, can be purchased in advance online. For prices and more information see www.beaulieu.co.uk/love-lock-tree or call 01590 612345. Beaulieu is open daily from 10am-5pm.