Conservation projects at Blickling Estate

A close up of a paper conservator working on a book

Conservation is an ongoing concern within the house and gardens and out to the parkland and wider estate. With your ongoing support we're able to continue our conservation work because every time you visit, you're helping us to do a little bit more, so thank you.


Current conservation projects around the estate

Man sits on the top of a ladder reading a book

Cataloging Blickling's book collection

Meet the man cataloging the biggest library collection in the National Trust. John Gandy has the mammoth task of working his way through the books in the Long Gallery at Blickling.


Little river of big importance

The River Bure runs through the Blickling and Felbrigg Estates, however our work doesn't stop there. It's vital we work with our partners on a landscape scale to ensure we care for this rare habitat. With you support we can create an environment that's rich in wildlife and accessible for you to enjoy for years to come.

Walled garden conservation 

Since 2015 we've been restoring the walled garden as part of a five year project.  The transformation within that time has been incredible, so it's worth a visit if you haven't been for some time.

The gardeners are now supplying The Stables cafes with produce to use in our dishes.  If you fancy taking some produce to enjoy at home, you'll find our fruit and vegetable stall in the walled garden, so help yourself to produce, for a small donation.

Thanks to your support the garden has been restored to its former glory
Walled garden at Blickling
Thanks to your support the garden has been restored to its former glory

Conservation in the house

Our team of dedicated conservation assistants help to care for the objects in our collection. They have three hours each day to prepare the house for visitors including vacuuming the 48 treads on the grand staircase. 

The rest of their time is spent on specific conservation projects, as well as caring for the statuary in the garden and wider estate.  


Deep cleaning in the house

The intricate work that goes in to cleaning the house at Blickling Estate is incredible. Here one of our conservation assistants is removing dust from a bookcase in the Long Gallery.

Views from within