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Explore the estate at Standen

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George CurdLead Ranger, Nymans and Standen
View towards Weirwood reservoir at Standen on a clear and sunny day
See far reaching views across the Weald from Standen | © National Trust / Gary Cosham

Enjoy wonderful walks through 100 acres of the original Standen estate, including ancient bluebell woods and meadowland, which can be enjoyed all year round.

Springtime in the woodland

Our Lead Ranger, George, gives his tips for the best of the season that can be spotted in the woodland.

A blackthorn flower
Blackthorn blossom | © National Trust Images/Mel Peters

Spring blossom

In spring, you’ll see the yellow and green male catkins of a hazel tree. They hang like earrings, and in the wind, you may see the yellow pollen floating away. Harder to spot is the female flower – it’s pink and about the size of a fingernail. Keep your eyes peeled for them on your next walk. Blackthorn trees are one of the earliest trees to blossom. With snow-white flowers, they brighten up the waking woodland. Blackthorn is best known for their dark fruits, which are used to make the warming wintry sloe-gin.

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Wildlife at Standen

Integral to the running of a large country house, this land is still managed in the traditional way and is home to a wide variety of wildlife. The woods are home to badgers, roe deer and fallow deer. Discover the badger viewing platform available for public use in the woods and see if you can spot any wildlife.

Listen out for the sounds of blackbird, chaffinch, chiffchaff, blackcap, magpie, great spotted woodpecker and woodpigeon, all found on the estate.

Visitors walking on one of the footpaths in the grounds of Standen House, West Sussex
Visitors walking in the grounds of Standen House | © National Trust Images/John Millar

Rockinghill Wood

Twenty-acre Rockinghill Wood is home to spectacular bluebell displays in spring. Ponds are dotted throughout the wood with winding paths making it easy to explore the local wildlife.

Hollybush Wood

Situated to the south of the garden with a boardwalk path, Hollybush Wood is perfect for families and dog-walking. Explore ancient deciduous woodland, which grows either side of a small stream.

Orchids in Hollybush Wood

Please be aware that although Hollybush Wood is home to orchids, the area in which they flourish is currently inaccessible due to ash dieback.

Jack and Tommy field

This ancient meadow has been restored from scrub and is named after two Victorian horses. It is now part of Standen’s woodland walks and home to wildflowers.

Visitors in the gardens of Standen House, West Sussex

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