The Formal Garden

The present layout has hardly changed this century, but the last thirty years has seen the taming of all the shrubberies with the rhododendrons and azaleas replacing the overgrown laurels.

The numerous flower beds on the front lawn have gone and the conservatory was taken down before it collapsed in the early 1950's.

 

Arboreal Garden

The Norfolk Historic Gardens Survey indicated that this botanically interesting garden is only now reaching its best. Dating from the 18th century, London Planes combine with Atlas Cedar, Cedar of Lebanon, Cut-Leafed Beech, Swamp Cyprus, White Poplar, Silver Birch, Narrow-Leafed Ash, Coast Redwood, Douglas Fir, American Red Oak, Catalpa and False Acacia in an arrangement of specimen trees to allow room to develop from the outset. 

The Kitchen Garden

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The present walls are probably 19th century. The Kitchen Garden has been in continuous use although less intensively in recent years.

Considerable work has been carried out in 1991 to re-establish some of the paths and to try and recreate some of the aspects of a traditional kitchen garden while providing space for a tree nursery.

 

Home Wood

The Home Wood was planted in 1775 as a mixed oak woodland but at the beginning of this century my great-grandfather built up an arboretum of very rare trees. Few of these remain, and in 1977 much of Home Wood was replanted with Oak, Beech and some Ash. The paths from the 1913 survey have been lost but new paths have been created.

 

The Park

This extends to the west and south of the Hall and covers nearly 200 acres including the Golf Course. The house was built on poor quality land so that the gardens and park did not take up the higher quality arable land that was needed by the farmers.