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Lyveden Manor House

The manor’s stone archway was most likely the entrance to the garden © National Trust

The manor’s stone archway was most likely the entrance to the garden

Lyveden Manor is a beautiful and historically significant addition to Lyveden New Bield and the National Trust.

A lot of work goes into keeping the water looking this beautiful © Mark Bradshaw

A lot of work goes into keeping the water looking this beautiful

The secrets of the moat

We’re clearing vegetation and silt from Lyveden’s moat to keep the water clear. Part of the process involves pumping water out of the moat, which gives us an exciting opportunity to find out more about Lyveden’s past.
 

The moat holds vital evidence of Lyveden's historic plant species © National Trust

The moat holds vital evidence of Lyveden's historic plant species

Uncovering a historic garden

Thanks to good written records, we already have a pretty clear picture of the planting at Lyveden, but there’s always more to learn.

By taking samples from silt at the bottom of the moat, we can find traces of seeds and pollen which help us to discover the species that were originally planted in Lyveden’s garden over 400 years ago.

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Caring for an Elizabethan treasure

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