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December 2019 – Gardens

9 Jan 2020

Our Head Gardener, Jonathan, reflects on December 

Good news – the Mill Pond bridge re-opened just in time for visitors to enjoy feeding the ducks and geese over the Christmas break! This popular bridge, which leads visitors from the shop and viewing gallery to the Wave Garden and out to the rest of the park, has seen some significant repair work. Enormous thanks to our team for working so hard to get this complete and ready for the festive season.

We’re pleased to report that all the leaves are (eventually!) down. The seemingly never-ending task of clearing the leaves has ceased for another year. It might seem like a mundane duty but one that provides tremendous benefit to the general appearance of the park.

You may spot that some new trees have been planted through the car park, driveway, gardens and wetland area. Not only does this help with the aesthetics of these areas but in bolstering our numbers of trees it is a step in helping to combat climate change.

Outside Hootz House we’ve installed some temporary sculptures to explore texture and inject a little bit of colour at this time of year. It’s a nice way to round off a year which has seen our gardens punctuated with a number of permanent and visiting sculptures. Have you followed our Sculpture Trail? Explore the permanent sculptures located around the reserve by following our handy guide, available from the admissions desk.


Sculpture Trail at Pensthorpe Natural Park. Photo : Steve Adams

And in the New Year we’ll be announcing details of our special 2020 events, which will include the return of the popular Millennium Garden Walk and seasonal garden events. Watch this space!