Hidden Gems: Pensthorpe Natural Park – Lauren Lonergan

by | Jun 30, 2021 | Keepsake, Nature and Walks

Pensthorpe Natural Park spans 700 acres through the Wensum Valley. The park showcases the importance of species and habitat conservation for animals and birds, including turtle doves, cranes and Corncrakes, who call the water and surrounding area home.

The Millennium Garden was designed by Dutch Garden Designer Piet Oudolf back in 2000 to celebrate the millennium. The garden is a lush meadow of colour and texture with a mixture of perennials, grasses, shrubs, clematis and wisteria. It is the ideal habitat for butterflies and insects to thrive during the summer and provides birds with material for their nests along with enough food for the winter. It is the perfect place to take in nature in all its glory and meditate.

The Habitat Garden is a beautiful water-focused environment which is home to dragonflies, frogs, bats, moths, beetles, bees, damselflies, birds, butterflies and reptiles. Plants that flower for longer, such as salvias, have recently been added to the garden to provide the bees with more nectar and pollen and in turn help the environment. The garden was created to inspire visitors with useful tips and ideas to help them create a wildlife-friendly environment at home. 

There are many different trails around the reserve to be explored. Why not see for yourself everything Pensthorpe has to offer?

Pensthorpe Natural Park is open – Wednesday – Sundays 10am – 4.30pm. Visit www.pensthorpe.com for more interest.

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