The Children's Country House Garden

Young boy at the top of the climbing wall in the playground

Explore the outdoors and connect with nature as you adventure out in the garden from 7 May 2022.

Outdoor adventures await in the garden

Stroll by the lake and picnic on the grassy banks, while you watch the wildlife come and go. Explore new spaces that have been opened up, as we continue to work with children to further develop the garden and decide what the future should look and feel like.

Run wild this summer at Sudbury
Kids running in the gardens at Sudbury Hall
Run wild this summer at Sudbury


Spot the grasshoppers

Can you spot the grasshopper sculptures dotted around the gardens? Admire their colourful artwork, designed by our Children’s Country House Ambassadors and brought to life by Midlands based creative illustration agency, Pickle Illustration.

These grasshoppers were designed to engage children at the start of The Children’s Country House garden project, whilst being under Covid 19 restrictions. There are eight of them installed in the rear gardens, can you find them all?

Painting with Pickle Illustration
Painting one of the colourful Grasshoppers, designed by The Children's Country House Ambassadors
Painting with Pickle Illustration

Balancing conservation with days out

Over the past few years, the gardens team have been changing their approach to gardening to ensure the right balance of caring for the garden and historic setting, while ensuring that nature can thrive now, and for many generations to come as part of The Children’s Country House.  

An overall, more relaxed approach to weeding and cutting has been adopted. Simple adjustments like leaving log piles out and letting the grass to grow long in places, will have a positive impact on the nature that calls the garden their home. Longer term planning of our conservation works includes more tree planting and further meadow creations in our wider grounds.  

Chat to our Head Gardener or our volunteers to find out more when you visit. 

 

We carefully plan a delicate balance between conservation and visits.
A black and orange butterfly rests on purple flowers.
We carefully plan a delicate balance between conservation and visits.

 

The growth of the garden 

The fascinating history of Sudbury’s garden spans more than 300 years, beginning life as a very formal design created by George Vernon. Since then, the garden has changed more frequently and radically than the house itself. 

The Vernon family, together with prominent garden designers and landscapers of the time, developed the garden in line with the changing fashions. Adding their own ideas and tastes, the gardens have seen many changes over the years.   

During development of The Children's Country House at Sudbury, the gardens have seen further changes. New spaces have been opened up, new planting and features are being added, and we continue to work with children to further develop ideas and decide what a playful country house garden should look and feel like.

The parterres are part of our ongoing work in the garden
Bright flowers in a parterre flower bed at Sudbury Hall
The parterres are part of our ongoing work in the garden