Trent Park English Country House
Trent park itself is a grade II listed English Country house located in north of London. The house sits in its former grounds extending to some 320 hectares lies within a conservation area and designated as Metropolitan Green Belt. Having special historic interest in England it dates back to the fourteenth century and was part of Enfield Chase and one of Henry IV’s hunting grounds. But this historic English House has another closely guarded secret!
In 1939 Trent park was requisitioned by the war office on behalf of the Intelligence Service (MI6) and in 1942 the house was reserved exclusively for captured Germans.
The house exterior was used as a location for scenes in the 1957 film ‘The One That Got Away’ and in the 1983 episode of Doctor Who ‘ Mawdryn Undead’ the one with Peter Davison as the Fifth Doctor Who.
On the historical daffodil lawn over 30,000 daffodils have already been planted as part of a project, a further 120,000 more bulbs planned before the end of the project.
Trent Country Park Grounds
The grounds extends to some 320 hectares and since 1973 has been known as Trent Country Park. Teeming with wildlife the park boasts an array of birds including the Kestrel, Swallow, House Martin, Skylark, Grey Wagtail, Pied Wagtail, Robin Redbreast and several species of Bat. Has an array of wild animals including the Squirrel, Stoat, Shrew, Vole and Mole. With all the regular insects including the Green Tiger Beetle, Seven Spot Ladybird, Grasshoppers and Crickets. Butterflies include the common Blue, Gatekeeper, Meadow Brown, White-Letter Hairstreak, Tufted Vetch, Large Skipper, Large White and Six-Spot Burnet Moth.
Statues situated in the park
Statues are dotted around the park, but the one that caught my eye was the Obelisk statue located on the west side of moat wood. Inscribed into the base it reads:
“To the memory of the birth of George Grey Earl of Harold son of Henry and Sophia Duke & Duchess of Kent” 1702
Lakes and Ponds in the park
The park boasts two big lakes, a water garden and other ponds inhabited by the common frog, toad and newts. Fish including Pike, Carp, Chub and Roach. And lovely waterbirds such as the Mute Swan Mallard Duck, Coot, Moorhen and Mandarin Duck.
Facilities in the park
Walking through the park I came across a tea shop supporting the running of the wildlife hospital and animal sanctuary, the Trent Park Cafe and the Go Ape activity centre. I am told there is a sports ground somewhere in the park (Southgate Hockey Centre) and a separate golf course. Public toilets are located next to Trent Park Cafe and there are several car parks around the park.
The park can get very muddy, especially in January so make sure you pack your boots or wellies!