As the subject of centuries of agricultural change and three major phases of landscape design, there is very little natural about the Coombe Abbey Park landscape. However, the park is home to many habitats and today is a protected conservation area.
Following the combined landscaping from Capability Brown who focused on naturalistic design, subsequent landscapers and the park’s unique geology, Coombe Abbey Park has a wide range of semi-natural habitats which support a wealth of floral and faunal interest.
Within the conservation area you will find Coombe Pool which along with its reed beds and associated historic woodland, has been designated as a SSSI by English Nature. In fact the majority of Coombe Abbey Park has been designated as a Site of Importance for Nature Conservation, a Local Wildlife Site or a Site of Special Scientific Interest.
There are over seven different types of grassland identified in Coombe Abbey Park. Recently there has been a big focus at Coombe Abbey Park to reinstate and expand the Acid Grassland. This work has had a significant positive impact on the biodiversity of these areas of the park.