The beginnings of Spring

Storm Doris Ickworth

As Spring begins to bloom, our Outdoors team is working hard to prepare for the year ahead, including restoring a historical path outside of West Wing.

Firstly, let’s talk about Doris. She visited Ickworth on 23rd February and left some destruction in her wake, which we have been busy clearing up.  The storm resulted in several trees coming down across the estate. Some of these were mature trees – an Ash and a Sycamore were amongst the trees which fell.

 
We have cleared any trees that are unsafe and blocking roads and also had to repair several sections of fence line that trees or branches had come down onto, which means all the little lambs that are now appearing around the estate don’t escape from where they are supposed to be! Trees that have fallen in the park will be cleared in the spring and summer months when ground conditions are more suitable for taking tractors to them.

New residents of the Ickworth Estate getting used to their lovely surroundings
Two lambs and their mother on the Ickworth Estate

 If you’ve visited Ickworth recently you’ll have noticed that work has been ongoing to reinstate a historic path by the entrance of West Wing. We have been cutting back shrubs and trees and putting gravel down so it will be accessible for prams and wheelchairs. Our gardeners will soon plant geraniums, climbing roses and pink tulips alongside the other shrubs to create an inviting walk around to the Italianate Garden.

A new stroll to the Italianate Garden
West Wing path re-furb

We hope you’ve been enjoying Ickworth’s flowers as much as we have recently. Over the last month the Snowdrops and Aconites have been giving a beautiful display around the pleasure grounds. Watch as Ickworth’s gardens transform to include Daffodils, with the historic Old Pheasants Eye variety dated from 1600 and the white Actaea variety, as well as Primroses, Oxlips, and Hellebores with the Magnolia Garden coming into bloom.

Step into spring at Ickworth
Daffodils in front of Ickworth Rotunda