Introducing another of my favourite places. A 700 acre designated ‘Special Area of Conservation’ near Fakenham, North Norfolk. Pensthorpe Natural Park was created in the 1980’s by conservationist Bill Makins. In 2003 it was acquired by the current owners, Bill and Deb Jordon (of Jordon’s Cereals), to preserve and continue Bill’s vision.
Working closely with the Pensthorpe Conservation Trust (formed in 2003), it showcases the importance of species and habitat conservation. Most notably is the Operation Turtle Dove, The Create Crane Project and re-introduction projects for red squirrels and corncrakes.
Pensthorpe Natural Park was the home for the BBC programme Springwatch from 2008-2010
My visits are always a wonderful day with so many different natural habitats to explore. Woodlands, lakes, gardens, and wildlife meadows, as well as award-winning children’s play areas, to help engage the next generation.
The woodlands are home to deer and awash with bluebells in May. I always take time out in the hide to watch birds feeding close up.
The Wildlife Habitat Garden creates food and habitat for many insects and mammals, particularly for bees. It’s an inspirational space providing ideas for our own gardens.
The Millennium Garden is particularly glorious late July to mid September. Designed by Piet Oudolf, who founded ’New Wave’ planting. A movement taking inspiration from nature while employing artistic skill in creating planting schemes.