Things to see and do right now
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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 dog waiting hooks outside our restaurant, shop and house as they can't go inside
- Assistance dogs are of course 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
A landscape nearly lost
Once a landscape hidden in the undergrowth, the parkland and all of its follies are being restored to their 18th-century heyday. The hand-dug lake and river were once filled to the brim with silt, temples were covered in graffiti and lost from view, statues lay broken, and shrubberies had been been ploughed up.
Statues in the undergrowth
Ten statues remain at Croome; we have restored most from ruin.
Pan was one of the worst. Found by our garden volunteers broken in undergrowth, he had lost his head. We had an interesting time with our conservators, deciding how to style the god of shepherds' face. See how you think we got on in the Evergreen Shrubbery.
Saved in the nick of time
The Rotunda's place on top of a ridge wasn't always so sure. 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 but cracked plaster dome was about to give way as the woodwork behind it had all rotted. Find out more inside the Rotunda.
Historic planting returns
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, maps and bills, the team have replanted trees, flowers and shrubs to reinstate vast swathes of shrubberies which had been lost in the 20th century.
All ploughed up
When we arrived in 1996 the parkland was being used for arable agriculture and some of the 18th-century shrubberies had been ploughed up. 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
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, find it by the lakeside.
Silt and sludge
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 a team of diggers to scoop out 50,000 cubic metres of the silt. See the difference for yourself at the lakeside.
The exterior's complete, so next up is to decorate the inside in 2014.
Work begins in May to restore the lost Chinese Bridge.
The secret walk
We're opening the final part of the Home Shrubbery in the spring and we can't wait to show you.
Sabrina flows again
Work to restore the water that once ran from Sabrina's urn into the lake below starts in 2014.