A new garden area for Sizergh, the first for almost a century!
The Stumpery is the first large-scale development on the estate for almost a century as well as being the very first National Trust Stumpery in Cumbria.
Over 50 delegates from all over the world visited Sizergh on 8 July for the official Stumpery opening and to celebrate the 125th Anniversary of the British Pteridological Society which was founded in Kendal in 1891.
The 480 square meter Stumpery brings to life a previously overgrown, bramble covered area of the garden. The new space is being specially created to showcase Sizergh’s four National Collections of ferns alongside a variety of new plants and woodland flowers.
The tree stumps, many of which weigh 2-3 tonnes, were donated to Sizergh from the site of the new Heysham to M6 link road by lead contractor, Costain.
Stumperies originate from the late Victorian era when they were seen as a fashionable way to display and grow ferns. Owners of estates needed to clear areas to make gardens, so instead of getting rid of tree stumps, they could reuse them by arranging them in different positions to show the roots.
The new stumpery is now open to visitors.