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Acres of landscape garden bordered by historic parkland and woodland

The garden is a horticultural work of art formed through centuries of landscape design, with influences of 'Capability' Brown and Humphry Repton. Four lakes form the heart of the garden, with paths circulating through the glades and wooded areas surrounding them. Each owner has left their impression, which can still be seen today in the layout of the lakes, the construction of Pulham Falls, the planting of Palm Walk and the many different tree and shrub species from around the world.

Our historic parkland forms a larger footprint for the Sheffield Park estate. Dating back several centuries, it has had many uses including a deer park and WWII camp, and is now grazed with livestock and home to our natural woodland play trail in Ringwood Toll. The River Ouse runs across the bottom of the parkland and the original meanders are still visible winding across the meadow. This area has been transformed into a wildlife haven and is home to a diverse range of species including kingfishers, birds of prey, butterflies, and dragonflies.

Enjoy 50 Things at Sheffield Park this summer

Den building - number 4 on the 50 Things list

Den building - number 4 on the 50 Things list

There are loads of activities to tick off your 50 things to see and do before you're 11¾ list at Sheffield Park and Garden. Check our events listing to find out more about our 50 Things Fridays this summer or download our map showing where to tick off some of the self-led activities. We have compiled our top ten favorites but there are over 30 to complete within our estate so there's nothing to hold you back from reaching your final goal.

Picnic time this summer

Picnic by Middle Lake at Sheffield Park and Garden

The garden and parkland are great places to enjoy a picnic, with plenty of space and beautiful scenery to drink in while you relax and unwind.

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What to see in the garden

Waterlilies in bloom © Mike Perry

Waterlilies

The lakes look very colourful with our different water lily species in full bloom. Colours range from white and pink to crimson and lemon yellow.

What to see in the garden

Vibrant Katsura Tree © NT_Chris Roe

Katsura tree

These are one of the first trees in the garden to start changing colour, turning from pale yellow to smoky dark pink. They also emit a lovely burnt sugar or caramel aroma.

What to see in the garden

Flat-stalked spindle tree © NT_NEN_Sheffield Park

Spindle tree

There are several of these trees in the garden and Euonymus planipes is the first to bloom. The little flower pods give rise to bright red fruit which open to reveal orange seeds.

What to see in the garden

Chilean Holly in full bloom © NT_Chris Roe

Chilean holly

This evergreen shrub, with holly-like leaves, has bright trumpet shaped flowers tipped with yellow.

What to see in the garden

Magnolia Grandiflora © Martin Farhill

Magnolia grandiflora

This large evergreen tree has glossy green oval leaves and large fragrant creamy-white cup shaped flowers.

What to see in the garden

Fragrant white flowers of the Clethra © NT_Chris Roe

Clethra

We have several species of this deciduous tree in the garden including fargesii, barbinervis, and alnifolia, which all produce lovely fragrant white flowers.

What to see in the garden

Acer leaves changing colour © NT_NEN_Sheffield Park

Acers

There are over 35 species of acers in the garden with some of the leaves already beginning to show autumn colour.

Outdoor summer games

Enjoy outdoor games this summer

Over the summer holidays our outdoor play tent will be set up again on the mansion lawn. There will be lots of equipment to help yourself to from skipping ropes to egg and spoon races and much more.

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