The Silwood Park grounds are one of the campus highlights. The extensive 100ha of land Includes grassland, scrubland, mature woodland, three streams, a large lake, an orchard, an ornamental Japanese garden, multiple allotments and a croquet lawn amongst many other attractive features.
The grounds were originally landscaped by Humphry Repton in the 1790s and include many undisturbed natural habitats providing a refuge for wildlife and play host to many ecological experiments.
The grounds surrounding the manor house are more formal and include large beech and cedar trees dating back over 300 years. The National Collection of Narcissus was moved from Sunningdale to Silwood’s Wishing Well Lawn in 2004.
A large expanse of grass in front of the manor house and beyond the ha-ha is used for sporting activities and Silwood’s own annual music festival, while large allotments are available for students wanting to grow some of their own produce.
Further sustenance comes from the eggs laid by Silwood’s resident chickens who occupy a walled garden close to the manor house.
The size and variation within the Silwood grounds makes them a great asset to the campus and ensures they are used extensively for work, play and relaxation by both the staff and students alike.