The park during the First World War
During the First World War a small section of the park between Smithy Drive and Charcoal Drive was open to the public. The soldiers had access to the park and spending time outside was encouraged. Of course the fallow deer herd roamed the park then as they do now. The Stamford Hospital 'rules' ask patients to respect 'out of bounds' notices. These days our 'out of bounds' areas are deer sanctuaries, places to which the deer herd can retreat.
Deer diary - spring
- The bucks begin to lose their antlers in April, they regrow by autumn
- The herd begin to lose their coarse winter coats and their summer coats grow in
- If you see birds pecking at the deer, its because they're plucking the coats for their nests.
- When new grass begins to grow deer start to graze instead of browsing and foraging
- The pregnant does give birth in June, so in early spring they feed and gain weight
Take a walk with us
- Join us to discover more about Dunham on one of our park walks
- We organise a daily park walk at 1.30pm
- Themed guided walks take place on the first Saturday of the month at 11am
- Keep an eye on the events listing for family walks in school holidays