Chorleywood House Estate
Open all year round with free entry and parking, this magnificent and tranquil Country Wildlife Site spreads over 68 hectares of formal parkland and important grassland, open meadows and mature woodland leading down to the banks of the River Chess. Chorleywood House Estate Grounds include many interesting buildings that reflect the history of Chorleywood with fine examples of timber construction that have recently been renovated.
Formal gardens and lawns, flowerbeds and speciality trees surround the 200 year old Manor House and Summer House. The network of woodlands includes ancient and secondary woodland. They are protected species on the site, such as numerous colonies of Coralroot Bittercress (its main area in Hertfordshire). The ground flora supports ancient woodland indicators. The grassland areas are composed of semi-improved neutral to acid grassland with chalk grassland in Chorleywood Dell which is recognised as a key neutral grassland site in the Biodiversity Action Plan for Hertfordshire.
Three Rivers District Council has worked with the Countryside Management Service and site stakeholders to draw up the site specific Management Plan. 2013-2018 Chorleywood House Estate Management Plan (pdf). For more information please download our leaflet or visit the Green Our Herts website.
Walks around Chorleywood House Estate
The Chorleywood House Estate is an excellent location for self guided walks, visiting formal gardens, strolling through wild flower meadows, taking a picnic and much more. To view three contrasting circular walks and discover this magnificent estate for yourself. Please click on this pdf. Chorleywood Leaflet (pdf)
Whilst the work on Dell Pond was going on, it was recognised if the trees were cut, not to ground level but leaving 3 or 4 metres of trunk, these could be the base for sculpture. The Friends of Chorleywood House Estate got in touch with Will Lee and Dave Flemon, two local chainsaw artists, and very generously commissioned them to produce some appropriate carvings. Examples of Will’s work can be seen at www.chainsaw-carvings.co.uk.
The results are absolutely beautiful. There are owls carved into the standing trunks, bears peeping out from trees, a magnificent dragon fly, a fairy castle, squirrels, the old man of the woods, butterflies and a wide seat watched over by a vixen and her cub. All these can be seen from the track which leads to Dell Cottage, or approached from Dell Mound or the Orchard field. More is planned – a large seat with grass around for story-telling, and steps from the track to make access easier.
Free yoga sessions are held during the summer for adults and children at Chorleywood House Estate. If you would like more information you can visit Yogatree or call 07528 122 281. Other groups who use Chorleywood House Estate grounds include a Montessori School, model railway club, scouts, football clubs and Chorleywood Tennis Club.
The Estate grounds are also used for sponsored walks, orienteering projects, filming and summer fetes. If you are interested in organising an event or filming please contact 01923 776611 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Friends of Chorleywood House Estate Events
The fortnightly working parties which are on the 1st and 3rd Tuesday mornings each month, from 09.30 - 12.30. Tasks have included sowing wildflowers; cutting back bracken and brambles; restoring ponds; maintaining the Edwardian Sunken Garden; cutting the nettles by the River Chess picnic area. Anyone interested should contact Tim Venner email@example.com
The exhibition in the red and white summerhouse of photos and memorabilia concerning the House, the Estate, and Lady Ela Russell, is open to the public every Bank Holiday weekend.
Chorleywood Community Orchard and Apple Day
By road: approximately 1/2 mile (0.8km) from junction 18 on the M25 off the A404. Follow signs for Chorleywood Local Nature Reserve.
By tube: Chorleywood Station is 1 mile (1.6km) away across the Common.
By bus: for services from Watford, Rickmansworth, Amersham and Chesham contact Traveline on 0871 200 2233.
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