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The garden and parkland at Hanbury Hall

The restored parterre at Hanbury Hall, Worcestershire with neatly clipped box hedging in a geometric pattern interspersed with summer flowers. Behind the parterre the red brick exterior of the house can be seen.
The Parterre at Hanbury Hall | © National Trust Images/Jonathan Buckley

Hanbury Hall is the very essence of a countryside retreat; impressive yet intimate and welcoming. It owes much of that feeling to its beautiful, recreated eighteenth-century garden, and 400 acres of Grade II listed parkland. With three way-marked routes to choose from, there’s plenty of opportunity to find the perfect walk for you to stretch your legs and admire the surrounding Worcestershire countryside.

Signs of spring

The first signs of spring come with the appearance of swathes of snowdrops around the gardens. Typically the best display is lining Cedar Walk from the Great Garden all the way down to the Ice House. Daffodils typically follow in March and April - quintessential sign of spring with their bright-coloured blooms; see them at their finest down in Kytes Orchard.

Elsewhere, look out for the signs of the Parterre’s ribbon border returning to life. The explosions of stunning, bright colour are carefully planned with thousands of bulbs planted every autumn ready for the following spring. With a colourful array of tulips, daffodils and hyacinths the parterre is sure to be filled with impressive colour and scent.

The lovely old Walled Orchard is also a must see, here our gardeners grow 56 varieties of apples including golden pippin, howgate wonder and the traditional bramley. In spring, we’re always assured a stunning display of pink-tinged apple blossom on the branches. Be sure to stop and take a look at the trees heavy and leaden with blossom in May.

Spring wildlife

It’s a great time for wildlife watching too. Hanbury provides the ideal habitat for birds, insects and a whole host of other animals and is a great place to watch the wildlife go by.

After the long winter, migrating birds return to spend summer in our garden. The return of the birdsong dawn chorus is a sure sign that spring is on the way. Spot chiffchaffs from mid-March, swallows and house martins from mid-April and swifts in late April or early May.

Also, look closely and you may spot a small brown bird blending in with the bark of a tree - as it creeps upwards, reaching the treetop canopy before flying back down again, know that you've spied a treecreeper.

One of our favourite sights in the spring is the new ducklings. They’re frequently seen down at the Mirror Pool or following mum around the gardens and Stableyard.

Trees in the orchard at Hanbury Hall in the summer
The orchard at Hanbury Hall | © National Trust Images/Annapurna Mellor

Spring Highlights

  • Spring flowers begin popping up around the gardens from mid-February onwards. From the early snowdrops along Cedar Walk to the later carpet of Daffodils over in Kytes Orchard and finally the beautiful display of bluebells out in the park.
  • Stroll through the parterre and see the ribbon border beginning to bloom. Throughout the spring, daffodils, hyacinths and tulips fill the parterre with colour and scent.
  • Keep your eyes peeled for the first signs of our new lambs, ducklings and baby moorhens. They’re usually visible around the park and gardens from March onwards.
  • Later in the spring, visit the orchards and see the branches of our apple and pear trees heavy with blossom.

Explore the parkland

Explore Hanbury Hall’s historic parkland on a spring walk and admire the beautiful Worcestershire countryside. Enjoy routes that lead you through the remains of an ancient forest, past impressive early eighteenth-century design features including the Semi-Circle, Long Walk and Lime Tree Walk designed by George London.

Download our parkland walks map here.

Two lambs
Lambs in the parkland at Hanbury Hall | © National Trust Images/Sam Milling
The Parterre in July at Hanbury Hall and Gardens, Worcestershire

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