A very wet winter!

Ickworth parkland in Winter

The past four months have seen an unprecedented amount of bad weather rain down upon Ickworth and its 1800 acres. Our team have been working hard to solve some of the worst affected areas and ensure conservation is at the heart of what we do.

Recently, visitors may have visited and been affected by some of the closures we’ve had to make across the estate. From Lady Katherine’s’ Wood to the Children’s play area, our grounds have struggled with the poor weather.

The ground of the overflow car park became waterlogged and unsuitable for parking vehicles. The ground is made of a heavy clay soil, which once waterlogged can take a long time to dry out, and if the ground is compacted further it will slow the drying out process.

Ickworth is listed parkland, and the National Trust must conserve and protect the land in a sustainable and suitable manner. In our recently published 10 year plan, we have identified the need for a new car park, which will require significant investment over some years. In the meantime we are investing more into temporary solutions for our overflow car park, including the laying of matting for the busy spring and summer ahead.

We ask visitors to bear with us on the days where limitations on property can be found. Every decision we make is to ensure Ickworth is here for generations to come.