The Story of Sinai Park House
Sinai Park House Trust works to conserve Burton's oldest building, a Grade II* listed medieval manor surrounded by a historic landscape including a scheduled ancient monument, the 12th century moat. Our vision is to restore Sinai to a site of rest and inspiration through our outdoor learning programme, combining the heritage of this ancient site with an educational programme for local children, including the construction of a forest school. Sinai has a rich and fascinating history, including evidence of the presence of Roman usage and that of the Paget family (owners 1546-1918), Georgian landscaping, such as the plunge pool and bridge dating from the 1730s that make the site so beautiful and tranquil. The house's origins date from Sinai's use from the 1200s as a wellness retreat for the monks of Burton Abbey, giving it an extensive and varied story that go back eight centuries. Today, the house is in a perilous state, while the grounds, including a medieval moat have succumbed to dereliction over the past century.
Where we are now
Though restoration works have begun, this is a massive task that necessitates a modern use to ensure a viable future for the building: we are using this opportunity to construct a much-needed forest school within the grounds, that border the National Forest, for the benefit of local children. This will provide pupils with all the benefits of outdoor learning - including proven improvements in team skills, focus and attitude to learning - as well as encouraging involvement with a nationally important heritage asset and the opportunity to learn about historical skills and practices that this facilitates. In doing so we hope to improve the prospects of local children, many of whom are from deprived backgrounds, and boost engagement in the heritage industry, with the stunning Sinai Park House as the vehicle for success.
The forest school will cater for all those who wish to benefit, from school groups, to SEN children and adult learners interested in learning new skills. Together with a network of volunteers and Friends, we are working towards this end, yet we also heavily rely on public donations. We need your support in restoring this site and ensuring a positive future for Sinai, including a unique new forest school for the community.