Wrest Park Mansion and gardens are a key feature of the village of Silsoe. The house and extensive gardens are owned and maintained by English Heritage and are open to the public in the summer months. English Heritage have only recently taken over responsibility for Wrest Park and consider that the mansion and gardens have significant potential. In line with this English Heritage have carried out a number of consultative meetings with the local community from which they have developed a Master Plan.
Wrest Park Master Plan
“To develop the Wrest Park estate as a model for holistic & balanced heritage management at the heart of the community through the careful conservation, sustainable reuse and re-presentation of the house, gardens and surrounding landscape in order to provide increased access for the general public.”
In line with the above the redevelopment of Wrest Park has been divided into three key Phases to be completed as part of the 20 year Masterplan. Phase One will see the creation of a new Visitors Centre within the Walled Garden that will provide improved facilities for those visiting the House and Gardens and will include parking for 250 cars. Along with these in improvements English Heritage have appointed a Events Manager who will be responsible for orginising events and exhibitions throughout the Gardens, in the Mansion and in the new Visitors Centre.
Phase 2 of the re-development will include the creation of a Regional Hub for Heritage Crafts Skills Training and the creation of a National Conservation Storage facility. Other works will include the replanting of the Avenues in front of the House and the re-instatement of the Harrold Obelisk.
Phase 3 will include returning of wider Parkland to grazing, re-Introduction of lost garden sculptures, the conservation of less important Garden Buildings and providing Disabled Access to 2nd & 3rd Floors of the House.