But Dr Mark Baker, chairman of the castle trust, told North Wales Live that was not true, saying the charges were not ‘to the extent’ some ‘inaccurate reports’ claimed.
The exact amount paid by the production could not be publicly confirmed until now. The Radio Times has now revealed that Gwrych Castle has received £ 300,000 for his involvement.
In an interview with the magazine, Dr Baker said the fees will help with ongoing renovations. Gwrych has an incredible history and was rescued after being largely left to rot for 30 years – you can read about it here.
Dr Baker said: “The agreement will certainly advance our long-term castle restoration mission considerably. ”
The priority after the conclusion of I’m a Celebrity, he said, was to fix the roofs – ideally using the TV costs. Although parts of the property have already been updated with a slate roof, other areas still require special attention.
ITV has reportedly introduced temporary roofs, with Mark saying the Gwrych Castle Preservation Trust will ensure all roofs are converted to slate next year, as part of the next phase of on-site renovation.
The transformation project will eventually allow the trust to start using more space on the estate.
Dr Baker explained that this will open up the property so that it “becomes a place” within the local community.
He said he initially ignored ITV’s email to use the castle for the show because he believed it was spam and he had never seen the show.
Dr Baker said: ‘I had to sign a nondisclosure agreement before anyone from ITV was visited, and the actual name of the program was never confirmed until we were very close to. sign contracts in July.
“It would usually take us over two years to raise £ 300,000. With the second wave of Covid, the program saved not only us but many local businesses. Hundreds of jobs continued because ITV employed them locally. “