STUDENTS from the University of Worcester are working on a £5m project to restore a historic country estate.

Staff and volunteers from Croome, near Upton, have recently welcomed degree students from the university’s Digital Arts Centre to get involved with their Heritage Lottery funded ‘Croome Redefined’ project.

This will see the National Trust-owned property extensively repaired and made accessible to a wider audience over the next five years.

The students were invited to Croome and given 24 hours to come up with a “storyboard”

about the property. Ideas are now being developed and will end up being used as an interactive web-based “hub” providing information for visitors and the local community.

Richard Higgs, Croome’s senior project manager, said: “Our partnership is a brilliant start to Croome Redefined and we’re very proud we have made such a strong connection with our local university.

Helen Holmes, senior lecturer in graphic design at the University of Worcester, said it was a “fantastic opportunity” for students to get stuck into a project.

“The experience is invaluable and they will get so much out of it, as will Croome who are looking to work with lots of different people and groups to interpret and engage their visitors in the changes at the house,” she added.