Green Flag Award

The beautiful parkland around Wivenhoe House hotel has been given a top award.

The University of Essex, which manages the 230-acre site, has been given a Green Flag Award in recognition of its commitment to managing the historic parkland.

The Green Flag Award scheme judge who visited Wivenhoe Park said it is “one of the best sites I have seen for environmental practices.”

Immortalised on canvas in 1816 by John Constable, Wivenhoe Park has more than 2,800 notable trees, including rare species, and three man-made lakes which provide a habitat for water birds including moorhens, coots and various duck species. Recent habitat surveys have identified species woodpeckers, kingfishers, five species of bat, grass snakes, common lizards, hedgehogs and harvest mice.


The national Green Flag Award scheme sets the benchmark for good management of recreational outdoor space.

The judges singled out the tree management for praise, as well as the use of bat and bird boxes, and wild areas for insects.

Oliver Brown, General Manager at Wivenhoe House, said: “We are extremely fortunate in having such a talented team looking after our parkland and gardens.  They are very attuned to the historical importance of our setting.”

The University’s Grounds Manager, Rob Davey, said: “We strongly believe that a parkland can be green in more than one way and are committed to using green technologies to protect and promote the natural environment at Wivenhoe Park.”

In summing up, the judge noted that the “parkland and campus were pristine and looked amazing in the balmy summer.”



find us, however you travel
By car:

When using a SATNAV please enter the location WIVENHOE, Colchester (do not use a postcode as this will direct you to the wrong side of Wivenhoe Park).

Take the exit marked Colchester (A133)
Follow the A133 towards Clacton
Please follow signs for WIVENHOE
You will see a black sign on your right which says, ‘Wivenhoe House & The Brasserie’, turn right here into PARK ROAD
The entrance for Wivenhoe House is shared with the University of Essex, but PARK ROAD leads you through Wivenhoe Park and you will be able to see our beautiful house from the road on your right
CONTINUE to follow the signs for WIVENHOE HOUSE and it will lead you to us.

If you would like any help with directions, please do call us on 01206 863666 and a member of our team will be able to assist you.

By train:

Colchester station, Colchester Town station, Wivenhoe station and Hythe stations are all between 10-15 minutes from Wivenhoe House by car. Trains run between London (Liverpool Street) and Colchester station every 10-20 minutes. The journey takes around an hour. Also connect with Colchester from Norwich, Ipswich, Felixstowe & Harwich. Some trains from London (Liverpool Street) also stop at Wivenhoe Station. When travelling from the Clacton/Walton direction, alight at Wivenhoe or Hythe Stations.

By plane:

Stansted airport is approximately 45 minutes from Wivenhoe House by car. Helicopter pad coordinates are 603200/223900.