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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

Catch the mists across Middle Lake © Nina Elliot-Newman

Catch the mists across Middle Lake

There is still plenty of colour around the garden and carpets of leaves on the floor. It is a beautiful time of year to witness the change in seasons and catch the atmosphere of the garden with dew and mist adding a different dimension.

Winter walks

Morning sunlight breaking through the bare trees © NT_NEN_Sheffield Park

Morning sunlight breaking through the bare trees

Throughout December, pick up a trail guide for one of our winter walks around the garden. Whether it's one of our Advent Ambles to work off some festive calories, our Willow Walk to see the garden from a different perspective or booking onto our New Year's Day Holly Hike, there's a walk that's perfect for you.

Christmas time

Join us over the festive season and choose from seasonal family trails, traditional Christmas lunches or children's edible decoration workshops.

What to see in the garden

The deep red leaves of the Liquidambar at Sheffield Park © Nina Elliot-Newman

Liquidambar

There are around 30 of these trees around the garden, all turning deep shades of reds and purples.

What to see in the garden

A kaleidoscope of colours on the American Witch Hazel © Nina Elliot-Newman

American witch hazel

These deciduous shrubs are dotted all around the garden turning shades of yellow, orange and copper-red.

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 and they are one of the best examples of autumn colour.

What to see in the garden

The vivid orange needles of a Swamp cypress at Sheffield Park © Nina Elliot-Newman

Swamp cypress

There are several examples of these deciduous conifer trees in the garden particularly around the edge of the lakes.

What to see in the garden

Blue Gentian flowers at Sheffield Park © Nina Elliot-Newman

Gentians

There are two beds of these startling blue flowers in the garden, dating from the Soames era.

50 Things to do this 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.

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