Flora at Brockhampton
A variety of habitats and conditions over the estate means we have flora in abundance here at Brockhampton.
The first thing visitors notice when they first arrive at Lower Brockhampton Manor is the impressive damson orchard surrounding the house and moat. In spring the orchards come alive with blossom followed by branches laden with plump damsons in September. A very rare Mistletoe Weevil can be found on these fruit trees known as Ixapion variegate also known as the ‘Kiss me slow’ Beetle. Pathways for visitors are strimmed through the wildflowers and grass in the orchards by our team of rangers, leaving a lot of the orchard wild which is hugely beneficial to bees and butterflies.
Around the manor house itself, are cottage garden beds. In summer these are looking there best with beautiful flowers such as Foxgloves, Roses and Honeysuckle. Butterflies are very attracted to these varieties and can be seen in abundance throughout the warmer seasons.
The woodlands provide cool shade for ferns and fungi. In spring you can find Wild Garlic and Bluebells and throughout the summer the beautiful foliage presents all different shades of green, ideal for family walks. Shade-loving wildflowers also thrive in the woodlands and grass pastures such as Cow parsley, Dog Roses and Oxeye Daisies.