Outdoors

Things to see and do right now

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The grand design

Croome is the first and best design of the famous 18th-century landscape architect, 'Capability' Brown. His important work here revolutionised the approach to landscape design across Europe and influenced hundreds, if not thousands of gardens.

Seasonal sparkle

Seasonal sparkles like snowdrops are a joy

A walk around the park at Croome will reveal some lovely displays of snowdrops dotted around the ground. The best area is in the Church Shrubbery on the way to the Rotunda.

In April...

Discover what's behind the mysterious blue door in the parkland as the privately owned historic walled gardens opens for the first time this year over the Easter bank holiday weekend.

We love dogs

  • Your pooch is very welcome at Croome
  • You can take your dog anywhere on a lead around the park and lakeside
  • There are tether hooks outside our restaurant, shop and house as they can't go inside
  • Assistance dogs are welcome throughout Croome
  • There are seven waste bins around the park. Check our downloadable map for the locations
  • Please don't leave your dog in your car. Let him enjoy Croome with you

Find your way

Find your way with our map

Find your way with our map

Download our illustrated map to help you plan your day. You'll get a copy as part of your welcome leaflet when you arrive.

The restoration of the century

A landscape nearly lost

Our ice house now has a conical thatch as it was in the 18th century © NT

By the late 20th century the once glorious lake and river were filled to the brim with silt, temples were covered in graffiti and lost from view, statues lay broken, and shrubberies had been ploughed up. We were determined to take on this epic task of taking this extraordinary landscape hidden in the undergrowth and restoring it to its 18th-century heyday.

Statues in the undergrowth

Off with his head! © NT

Ten statues remain at Croome and we've restored most from ruin. Pan was one of the worst and was found by our garden volunteers broken in undergrowth with his head completely missing. We had an interesting time with our conservators, deciding how to style the god of shepherds' face. See how we got on in the Evergreen Shrubbery.

Saved in the nick of time

Hanging by a thread © NT

The Rotunda was in the worst state of all of the temples in the park. When we began to restore this exquisite building in 2008, the project quickly turned into a rescue. Alongside rot and decay, we found the delicate and cracked plaster dome was about to give way as the woodwork behind it had all rotted. Find out more inside the Rotunda.

Historic planting blooms

Adding colour to the Evergreen Shrubbery display © NT

Since 1996 our outdoors team have been replanting the park to how it looked in the 18th century. Using Croome's extensive archive documents, which include surveys, plant lists, maps and bills, the team have replanted thousands of trees, flowers and shrubs to reinstate vast swathes of shrubberies which had been lost in the 20th century.

All ploughed up

All ploughed up © NT

When we took on the parkland in 1996 the fields were used for arable agriculture and some of the 18th-century shrubberies had been ploughed away. It was a massive task to reinstate the parkland's original purpose but since then we have restored 400 acres to wildflower meadow and pasture. Take a walk into the park to see how we've done

Rescued from ruin

Nearly lost to the undergrowth © NT

Most of the temples and follies in the parkland were either lost beneath thick undergrowth, vandalised or in ruin. We worked for over 10 years to pull them back from the brink, and there are still more to save. The Grotto was one of the worst, covered in ivy with tree roots pulling it apart. Now restored, you can find it by the lakeside.

Silt and sludge

Mud, glorious mud © NT/Wendy Carter

Up until 2004 all you could see of Croome's extensive river and lake was mud and silt. The waterway looks natural but it was dug out by hand by 18th century workers employed by 'Capability' Brown. We employed our own team of long-reach diggers to scoop out 50,000 cubic metres of silt and spread it over the surrounding fields as we turned them back into pasture. See the difference for yourself at the lakeside

Digging out the ditches

Without the ha ha walls, the park comes tumbling down © NT

Lots of work has been done over the last 18 years to repair the intricate infrastructure of the parkland designed by Brown. This includes restoring miles of ha ha walls, rebuilding boundary walls, repairing collapsed culverts and digging out lots of ditches. There's lots still to do, but the ha ha walls are currently being repaired along the newly opened Home Shrubbery.

Coming soon...

  • Our only image of the Chinese Bridge © Croome Estate Trust

    Chinese Croome

    Hopefully work will start in 2015 to reinstate the lost Chinese Bridge.

  • Lying in pieces, this statue needs attention. © NT

    Restoring a swirl

    We're raising funds to piece together the shattered urn in the Home Shrubbery.

  • Toilet break © NT

    Composting toilet

    An eco-friendly toilet for trips to the lakeside arrives in 2015.

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