Our work

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Walled garden

Beyond the church, you'll find remnants of an 18th-century walled garden designed by Ickworth's First Earl. His summer-house and ornamental canal survive today. Don't miss the view beyond the lake towards the Rotunda.

Conservation inside

While the rangers and their team are busy in the park, there are never-ending jobs that need doing inside the house by the conservation team. There are many challenges that crop up from all directions so they work very hard.

Conservation outside

Conservation is a very important aspect of maintaining our grounds. We've  lots of areas which need careful management in order that we can preserve it for future generations to enjoy.

Meet the rangers

The rangers at Ickworth who look after this grand estate © Elizabeth Thomas

Our ranger team is headed up by Senior ranger Dee Gathorne-Hardy. They are a small team but managing a massive task in order to keep this glorious grade 2 listed parkland in good condition both for long term conservation and for you to enjoy on a daily basis. We asked Dee about his role at Ickworth.

The Victorian stumpery

Hard at work creating the stumpery © Ray Dale

Our Victorian style stumpery extends the full length of the Italianate garden. In 2013 our gardeners planted a wide variety of ferns and other shade loving plants and it's wonderful watching this area really come into its own each season.