Why is the parkland closed?

Dyrham Park rain wet february half-term closed

Unfortunately we've had to temporarily close the parkland at Dyrham to give the grass a chance to recover and grow.

It's never a decision taken lightly, but with more people coming to visit and recent extreme weather, the fragile parkland is feeling the impact. Tree and plant roots are becoming compacted, and the grassland and soil is being damaged. 

Dyrham Park is one of only few hundred Grade II* listed parks and gardens across England, and it's of special historic interest.

It also provides important habitats, including wood and parkland pasture and areas of lowland limestone grassland. These are both priority habitats.

As part of Europe's largest conservation charity we're dedicated to protecting Dyrham for nature, and ensuring it is cared for and conserved for future generations to experience.

" Historic parks and gardens are a fragile and finite resource and they can easily be damaged. Such places are an important, distinctive, and much cherished part of our inheritance and we have a duty to care for them."
- Matt Lapham, Assistant Ranger

Plans for the future

As part of the £10 million site-wide project to restore and revitalise Dyrham Park, we'll be reinstating historic routes through the parkland with resilient paths.

Once this work is complete there will be access to the parkland and its far reaching views all year round.

" The new paths should be a great solution but until they are completed, we must tread carefully - quite literally."
- Matt Lapham, Assistant Ranger