Lily Hill Park 2065

Bracknell, England

Brief Description

Lily Hill Park dates to 1817, and is an example of 19th-century emulation of the 18th-century English Landscape Park tradition. The park has many specimen trees including exotic pines and a period collection of hardy hybrid Rhododendrons. A network of well surfaced footpaths lead visitors through a mixture of semi-natural ancient woodland, species-rich grassland and formal gardens with its notable Rhododendron collection. Lily Hill House and its immediate garden are in private ownership but provide a subtle backdrop and context to the historic parkland landscape.In 2002 to 2007 Lily Hill Park was restored using funding from the Heritage Lottery Fund. The restoration focused on recreating views and vistas, re-instating the footpath system and extensive woodland management works.

History

Lily Hill House and its grounds were originally developed as a 19th century gentleman's residence in the Jacobean style, built by William Vincent between 1849 and the early 1850s. The Park was developed in phases over the next 30 years.

Visitor Facilities

Open daily. Contact: Parks and Countryside, The Look Out, 9 Mile Road, Bracknell, RG12 7QW. Tel: 01 344 354441
Features

Style

  • English Landscape Garden
  • House (featured building)
  • Description: The house was originally developed as a gentleman's residence in the Jacobean style. It was built by William Vincent around 1849, with the park being developed over the next 30 years.
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  • Water Feature
  • Description: Edwardian water garden.
  • Tree Feature
  • Description: Starch Copse, an ancient woodland that dates back to at least 1761.
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  • Planting
  • Description: Rhododendron and Azalea collection that dates back to 1922.
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  • Tree Feature
  • Description: Veteran trees.
Ha-ha, Well Head, Cascade
Access & Directions

Access Contact Details

Open daily. Contact: Parks and Countryside, The Look Out, 9 Mile Road, Bracknell, RG12 7QW. Tel: 01 344 354441

Directions

North-east of Bracknell
Authorities

Civil Parish

  • Bracknell
History

Period

  • Victorian (1837-1901)
Associated People

People associated to Lily Hill Park

Contact
References

Contributors

  • Richard Scrivener

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