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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.

Autumn at Sheffield Park and Garden

A carpet of red leaves under an autumn Acer at Sheffield Park and Garden

A carpet of red leaves under an autumn Acer at Sheffield Park and Garden

Come and witness a kaleidoscope of colours, from yellows and oranges to reds and pinks, emerging across the garden, around hidden corners, and boldly reflected in the lakes. Towards the end of September, the leaves start to change colour with our Acers being one of the first trees to turn. At the beginning of October the Nyssas join the display, followed by Liquidambars at the end of the month. Swamp Cyprus, golden larch, and hickory are among many more species that add yet more colours to the mix over the weeks.

50 Things for autumn

Catch a falling leaf at Sheffield Park and Garden

There are loads of activities to tick off this autumn. Why not try catching a falling leaf, running around in the rain or creating some wild art? Our map shows where to tick off some of the best self-led activities and our top ten favorites will inspire you to complete your list.

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

Harlequin glorybower at Sheffield Park and Garden © Jim Topping

Harlequin glorybower

Look out for these eye-catching metallic blue berries this autumn. The berries are enclosed by deep pink calyces (flower sepals).

What to see in the garden

Acer leaves changing colour © NT_NEN_Sheffield Park


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

What to see in the garden

Autumn crocus at Sheffield Park © NT_NEN_Sheffield Park

Autumn crocus

Although these look like crocuses they actually belong to the lily family and grow from corms.

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.

Autumn events at Sheffield Park

From early openings for photographers to a 1950's swing evening, there are lots of ways to enjoy Sheffield Park this autumn.

Great British Walk: colourful stories

Our mapped trail will take you through the garden and around the estate

Between September 8 and October 24, explore the garden and parkland on our 4-mile self guided walk, and discover some of the colourful stories and colourful characters linked to Sheffield Park.