Latest Pensthorpe News


Release of endangered bird species at Sandringham Estate

A milestone for partners in large scale curlew release We’re pleased to announce that the Eurasian curlews that experts from our Pensthorpe Conservation Trust team hand reared from incubation in a purpose built facility were released at Sandringham Estate in the presence of HRH Prince of Wales yesterday (27th July 2021). This was a huge milestone… Read more »

July 28, 2021


Volunteers’ Week 2021

Learn more about our super team of volunteers! This week was Volunteers’ week; a week to recognise and appreciate the hard work and contribution carried out by individuals all across the UK; we’re marking this week by celebrating the hard work of our wonderful group of volunteers we currently have as part of our Pensthorpe… Read more »

June 6, 2021


Red Squirrels: David Stapleford’s Legacy

A celebration of a delightful native mammal, the red squirrel Enigmatic, iconic, beautiful, delightful, just some of the adjectives often used to describe one of our favourite native mammals, the red squirrel. They appear to have a spirit of mischievous irreverence; one that was captured in the Beatrix Potter book ‘The Tale of Squirrel Nutkin’, where Nutkin… Read more »

January 21, 2021


20 Star Plants

The Millennium Garden’s top 20 plants We’re celebrating 20 years of the stunning Millennium Garden – our wild, one-acre contemporary landscape designed by world-renowned Dutch plantsman, Piet Oudolf. There may be hundreds of plants set within the colourful borders but which ones are the stars to look out for? Head Gardener, Jonathan Pearce, gives us his top 20.… Read more »

August 28, 2020


Millennium Garden

Spellbinding Norfolk garden celebrates 20 years “Pensthorpe remains one of the best places to see Oudolf’s work on a large scale…” The Telegraph, 4th July 2020.   The Millennium Garden is many things: breathtaking, creative, colourful, meditative and restorative. It’s also 20 years old, having been planted to launch during the summer of the Millennium.… Read more »

August 6, 2020


The importance of nettles

Nettles provide a safe habitat for aphids This week our blog has been written by our Seasonal Aviculture Warden, Amy Plows: “Spring has sprung and everywhere you look, including at Pensthorpe, there are nettles popping up in fresh, leafy patches. Whilst many people consider the stinging nettle a weed or an unwanted cause of pain,… Read more »

May 21, 2020


Red-crowned cranes at Pensthorpe

Red-crowned cranes – our rarest species Their Latin name is Grus japonensis and they are IUCN red-listed as Endangered with a wild population less than 2000 individuals and decreasing. Pensthorpe have a special link with red-crowned cranes, and the International Crane Foundation (ICF) who work closely with local communities to raise awareness of the crane’s plight in East Asia,… Read more »

May 7, 2020


Crane population hits record levels

Cranes make a comeback to the UK The Common crane (also know as the Eurasian crane) was lost from the UK for nearly 400 years, but thanks to conservation efforts their population numbers have once again hit record levels. These birds, the tallest in the UK at 4ft, used to be quite common however. They… Read more »

April 24, 2020


The first day of spring

After such a wet and windy winter, and what is going on in the world at the moment, everybody needs a little cheer and a great deal of joy which spring can bring us. This blog is designed to not only celebrate the official beginning of spring, but to hopefully inspire those of you who… Read more »

March 20, 2020