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  • Parham is closed at Easter. The Gardens will open to visitors on 25 April 2021. The House remains closed for now. Please click here for the latest information.

Other Information

The Park

The Parham Estate today comprises 875 acres (354 ha), including an historic deer park. Designated a Site of Special Scientific Interest, with veteran oak trees, rare insects and lichens, the Park is one of the few release sites for native Field Crickets in England. It is also noted for its woodland birds and breeding herons. In order to protect this important environment it only has limited access to visitors.

There is a public footpath through Parham Park.  Please follow the arrows and signage. We ask that everyone keeps to the footpath.  In order to respect the wildlife, flora and fauna within the Park dogs must be kept on leads at all times.

More information on our walking and riding access can be found here.

Pleasure Grounds at Parham Gardens
Pleasure Grounds at Parham House Sussex
Pleasure Grounds at Parham Gardens

Parham’s fallow deer
herd is recognisable
by its distinctive
dark brown coat.

Fallow Deer

The first records of the fallow deer herd date back to 1628.  In 1800 the herd numbered 800 but now numbers about 350 animals.  The herd is managed to maintain its distinctive dark brown coat.

The Dovecote

The dovecote dates from the 18th century.  The doves or pigeons (squabs) would have provided the Parham household with fresh meat during the winter months.  The circular walls of the dovecote are lined with small square brick nesting boxes.

The Ice House

The Ice House, whose doorway can be seen from the drive, is built into the side of Windmill Hill.  It dates from the second half of the 18th century, and would have been filled with ice collected from the ponds in the park during the winter months.  Packed in straw, the ice could survive during the summer months, and be used in the making of ice cream and sorbets.

Icehouse at Parham House

Veteran Trees

The Park contains many ancient, mature and veteran trees.  The term veteran indicates a tree which contains significant quantities of dead wood or decaying limbs. Several oak trees are over 500 years old and rare lichens flourish on the bark.  A distinctive feature of the Park is the abundant mistletoe growing high up in the lime trees.  Ageing and damaged trees are allowed to decay naturally.  If they have to be felled for safety reasons, the wood is stacked by the stump to provide a habitat for invertebrates and fungi.

Parham Park as a Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI) is carefully managed in accordance with standards of Higher Stewardship laid down by Natural England.  Our forestry is managed on a sustainable basis.  Mature trees are harvested and a scheme of re-planting  follows  as part of a managed programme.

Parham suffered badly during the Great Storm in 1987.  A planting programme is being carried out to provide a new generation of oaks.

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Visitors at Parham House and Gardens

The House

Wide angle shot of Parham House Sussex

The Gardens

Parham House Gardens and Gardener