Churchills butterfly summer house renovated by National Trust

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A butterfly house set up by Sir Winston Churchill at his family home in Kent has been renovated by the National Trust.

The wartime prime minister converted a summer house in the grounds of his Chartwell home at the end of the Second World War.

While the building subsequently fell into disrepair, it also became a refuge of peace for Churchill during the turbulent post-war years.

The National Trust has now set about breeding insects in the newly refurbished butterfly house for the first time in 50 years.

Indeed, painted ladies and peacock butterflies have already been seen fluttering in and out of the garden building, which has been opened to the public.

Commenting on the project, Dr Martin Warren, chief executive of Butterfly Conservation, said: "It's amazing to think that Churchill was planning this butterfly house at the start of the war, no doubt a welcome distraction from the weighty affairs of state."

Posted by David Webb
    - 19 August 2010
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