I couldn’t let the weekend pass without a quick post to let you know that the park at Compton Verney will be open from tomorrow – Saturday 18th February. The weather is looking settled for the weekend ahead, the welcome centre will be open, and the landscape is inspiring in its winter form. What better opportunity is there to get out and soak up a great British landscape!
With the main house and galleries closed until March 18th, the welcome centre will act as the main point of welcome. Staff will be on hand to introduce you to the grounds and point out things of interest. Further to this, there will of course be the introductory video to give a flavour of the rich history that the delicately designed park otherwise conceals.
A short journey from the welcome centre you’ll find the pond dipping platform, with nets and identification board in case you manage to scoop some pond-life, and a little further around the boardwalk, you’ll find the bird hide where there’s a good chance of seeing the swans that have appeared this week, or maybe even the Kingfisher that passes frequently.
Around the park there is ample opportunity to exercise the lungs whilst taking in some wide open winter views. There’s Old Town Meadow to explore with designed views across the park, and a recently added circular path which passes through the Boat House Coppice and North Park, allowing you to enjoy the very special view back to the main house, from what used to be ‘The Grand Walk’.
Looking at the finer detail, the wonderful snowdrops are in full swing just now, with the reliable carpet of them near to the Adam Bridge, and many others establishing around the park. The Winter Aconites, whilst slightly going over are very much still in flower – I’d certainly recommend a visit soon if you’d like to capture an image or two of these.
The restored ‘Capability’ Brown chapel will be open of course, and within the coppice there will be action down at the lakeside where ‘The Clearing’ is presently under construction – it has been and will continue to be a hive of energy there for the foreseeable future!
For visiting information, head to the main website – click here.
Hoping to see you around, in the mean time – do web-search #CVgrounds to see the latest grounds images we have been sharing!
Regards, Gary, Head of Landscape and Gardens.