Our work

Managing a Masterpiece

Part of our work is clearing Constable’s Haywain view © Arnhel de Serra

Part of our work is clearing Constable’s Haywain view

The views Constable painted are managed by the National Trust rangers and their teams of volunteers. Alongside them a team of volunteer researchers work on the conservation action plan exploring the history of the landscape.

Managing the views

Annually our Suffolk National Trust conservation volunteers clear mace reed from the scene in Constable's 'The Hay Wain' painting.

Suffolk National Trust Volunteers


Traditional skills

Working in the countryside

The volunteers are trained in traditional hedgelaying techniques in the suffolk style.

Find out about volunteering.

Volunteer Gardeners

Scarecrow guarding the veg patch

Bill and Ben, the flowerpot men, guard the Flatford kitchen garden in winter. Made by the volunteer gardeners in between their hard work digging, planting and harvesting.


Working with families

Flatford trail - red route

A group of us devise children's trails with clues along the way. Available now

The Constable trail-age 8-12

Red Route - Age 4-7 years

Blue Route - Age 8-11 years

Kitchen Garden


Recently the Kitchen garden behind Valley Farm has been restored and the produce is used in our riverside Tea-room. Fruit and veg  are usually for sale on a barrow next to Bridge Cottage too.

Welcoming members

Our sweet National Trust biscuits go fantastic with a cup of tea!

Our work at Flatford would be impossible without support from National Trust members. If you join at Bridge Cottage you can directly support conservation projects in this area.