It’s Spring Time at Cobham Park!

well-wood-1So the sun is shining, the sky is blue, and temperatures are rising, which means plenty of you will be making the most of this gorgeous spring weather, coming and spending your days on the beautifully restored grounds of Cobham Park. Whether you’re having a picnic or just catching some rays, we hope you have the best possible time and enjoy yourself.

Now that the restoration of the estate is fully complete, we’ll be hosting a variety of activities that will take place on the estate across the spring and summer periods. These events will include such activities local fetes and fairs, as well as our very own Bonham Park Music Festival that is currently in the works, where you can sing along to your favourite songs from the local talent here in Surrey. Such details as dates, acts, and resident care are currently being taken into consideration before finalisation.

Keeping Our Park Cleaner!

To ensure that it is as enjoyable as possible, we ask all residents to keep the area clean, and to ensure that they have disposed of all rubbish or waste. If dog walkers would also be as kind as to keep dogs on leads and pick up any mess left by your pet, this would also be much appreciated. By keeping waste to a minimum, others will be able to roam around the gorgeous greenery and enjoy themselves entirely without having rubbish to soil their view, or waste causing them to watch their step and not take in the beauty of our gorgeous park.

We’ll be doing our bit as well! With the sun now out, it’s time to bring out the ATV’s. Our ATV’s are equipped with brand new tyres, fresh coats of paint, and fresh batteries from Car Batteries UK to keep them running as efficiently as ever.

There will be routine checks done by our Gardeners and Horticultural Maintenance, in which they will ensure all waste is removed across 3 checks a day using our ATV’s, so prepare for minor disruptions. However your co-operation in maintaining the cleanliness of the park is just as important to ensure that everybody can enjoy this space.

Resident sports teams and spectators are also encouraged to clean up after themselves after training, matches, and games.


Further Notices to Residents

The final dates of such events as The Cobham Park Music Festival and local fetes and fairs are yet to be finalised, however this is a pre-warning that music will be loud and on going until late evening. The public will also have access to the grounds to join our festivities. We will announce dates when they have been finalised, in case you wish to take leave.

If you wish to get in touch with a member of staff regarding these events or the cleanliness of the estate, please feel free to use our contact page, or call the reception desk.


Thank you for taking the time to read this bulletin,

Cobham Park Management Team.

Future Plans Of Cobham Park Restoration

The fate of Cobham is unforgettable to our entire existence. In this area we will keep you educated of the numerous things that will influence the eventual fate of Cobham. A venture called Envisage was setup in 2008 to gather data from neighborhood occupants, organizations and deliberate associations in an offer to discover what inhabitants and nearby organizations like an aversion about the zone. To guarantee everybody had a chance to give their perspective, surveys were conveyed to all the families and business in the Envisage zone. The reaction was exceptionally reassuring and more than 37% of families and 21% of organizations gave back their surveys. This empowered an extremely thorough examination and survey to be embraced. From the report distributed in January 2009, various neighborhood activities have been embraced and Elmbridge Council has utilized a percentage of the discoveries as a part of the Elmbridge Core Strategy archive. Arranging More data shows up in the Planning segment of this site.


Near By Environment :

The motivation behind why individuals like to live in the Cobham region is it is generally pristine and the nearby inhabitants esteem and admiration the neighborhood environment. The CCHT perceives that we must be proactive as a group to secure and moderate our region yet create it to keep pace with present day life whilst holding the noteworthy structures and character of the range. We embrace ventures where we can upgrade and ensure the range.The production of an economical arranging environment is critical to guaranteeing the eventual fate of Cobham, Downside and their surroundings – to guarantee we secure the past where fitting and improve the general environment for what’s to come.

Planning Of Cobham

We need to make a situation whereby engineers and inhabitants alike comprehend the profits of making practical applications proportionate with the estimations of Cobham. There are obviously a wide range of points of view which need to be considered and we thusly firmly bolster the advancement of the Cobham Town Plan as a major intends to accomplish this. We unequivocally accept that the group needs to be included in arranging and hence we urge nearby specialists to lead the pack inside their neighborhood groups. The Trust looks to proactively bolster neighborhood occupants in upgrading applications and where essential protesting applications. Our neighborhood volunteers recorded beneath will be cheerful to help you comprehend the arranging methodology, guarantee that you have to recognize what you can do, and look for more extensive backing from crosswise over Cobham when the terms of an application have more extensive ramifications for Cobham overall.

Conservation Of Cobham Park

Cobham Park is situated in surrey, England; it is a mansion and estate which is quite ancient. The written existence of the mansion has been known since 12th century. Since then the mansion passed from hands to hands, degrading and building again. It cannot be considered as an ordinary house or just a mansion, as it has been in the existence from a very long time. Besides this, there have been various modifications and restructuring of the mansion from time to time, which makes it quite elegant and superficial as of today’s structures.

In 1990 under planning act a term ‘Conservation Area’ was coined, according to which any place or architecture, potentially important from historical perspective should be named as a conservation area. The law was made keeping in mind the developmental changes that were increasing at a faster pace, eventually ending up destruction of such historically important places and architectures.


Cobham park as a whole conclude four major architectures and places of interest namely Church Cobham, Downside Village, The Tilt and the Plough Corner. All of these structures and places are of utmost importance and needs to be conserve, so as to protect them from future developmental and natural calamities. These places are designated as the conservation areas by the government officially, although nothing much clearly has been stated about the Cobham park mansion, which is quite a concern.

Another aspect of this conservation are the changes made by the humans, which is quite more degrading than the nature itself. In such case the Cobhma street is of utmost importance, as it is under critical threat of being demolished due to developments and restructuring of the area made in the recent years. On a good node, there are many activist groups that have been working to restore Cobham park to its golden days. Specifically, ancient pond which was deteriorated in the past has been restored to a good working capabilities. In the starting of 2007, the pond began to emerge again. This has been made possible by the efforts of the selfless volunteers and the residents of the area, who cut down the overgrown thicket and bring the pond to life again.

Similar efforts are to be made to help Cobham park replenish and resurrect itself!

Cobham Park Ancient History

Cobham Park is a well-known estate and a country mansion, located in Surrey, England. It is situated to the south of Cobham. There are been various owners of it, since it was built. This mansion is known to be built in 12th century. In the very initial history of the mansion it was the John Ligonier, who was the owner of this ancient mansion. Later it was owned by the mayor of London, Harvey Christian Combe. The mansion with its spectacularity is still well known among the historical mansions all around the globe. Although, with each passing year the mansion is being reaching close to its destruction. It needs to be restored, for which suitable plans needs to be incorporated.

History of Cobham Park:

As per the first records found about this ancient mansion, Cobham Park, which reveals that the mansion was built in 12th century. Then it was known as Downe Place, it was named after a family who have been residing there for generations. The mansion was that spectacular as you can see it today. Later in around 1720’s, the house was rebuilt to what you can a mansion. The design was built according to classical style modelling mainly around an Italian villa.


Each and every part of the mansion was perfected, as per the designs. Cobham Park was a huge built up, nearly of square form with all the amenities that you would consider a house possess. It had beautifully landscaped grounds, a salon embosses with ornamental ceilings, a library, numerous apartments etc.

In the early 1750’s the mansion was owned by John Ligonier, who considered the mansion splendid and spent most of his leisure time in the mansion. John mainly focussed this mansion as a retreat for him and her four daughters; and build harems for his daughters. The mansion was passed to Edward, John’s nephew after his death in 1770.

Later in the very beginning of 1800, specifically in 1806 the mansion was owned by Harvey Christian Combe. After Harvey’s death the mansion was passed onto his son, who late died in around 1857. Uptill this period no major modifications were made in the mansion, till Harvey’s Nephew Charles Combe took the house under his property. In around 1870s the Cobham Park met an accident and was fully destructed.

Reconstruction of the house took nearly 3 years, and in 1873 new house was constructed fully by a designer Edward Middleton Barry. The combe family doesn’t seem to have liked the new design given to it by the designer. Later in 1930’s the combe family give the up the house as their residence and moved to a nearby location.

The mansion was then given on a lease to Eagle Star, an insurance group; who made it their administrative centre. Following this the mansion transferred hands to hands on lease. Lastly it was sold out by Logicia in 2001 to Frogmore Estates in 5.5 Million euros, who then converted the mansion into 22 apartments.

Cattle Return To Cobham Wood

Cattle have been brought back to graze in Cobham Wood for the first time in over 20 years.

Bringing cattle into the Wood will allow scrubby vegetation to be managed in a sustainable way, maintaining the open strucure of the landscape through a combination of grazing and trampling, and reducing the need to clear vegetation mechanically.  This ‘wood pasture’ habitat is rare, and when managed effectively can support a wide range of wildlife.


The reintroduction of grazing follows three seasons of landscaping works in the Wood, which have thinned much of the younger trees and scrub that were choking many of the veteran trees of light and air and reducing the amount of wildlife.  There has already been a visible recovery since work began early last year.

Historically, cattle and deer had always been a feature of Cobham Park, the first reference to an enclosed deer park at Cobham appearing in 1559.

In 2006, 3 miles of stock fencing was installed, along with cattle troughs, to allow management of the herd in three large grazing compartments.  Kissing gates have been put into place to allow access between the compartments.

The herd is from Luddesdown Organic Farm, whose cattle already graze the parkland west of Cobham Hall.  For the safety of the cattle, we advise all visitors to exercise care when walking, and keep dogs under control.

Dignitaries climb the Mausoleum to complete its pyramid

A host of dignitaries made the daunting climb to the top of the Darnley Mausoleum in Cobham, Kent on 2 April to witness the topping out ceremony where the final stone was placed at the top of the pyramid roof. It was probably the last chance anyone in our generation would get to witness the tremendous views at the top of the Mausoleum as the scaffolding enveloping it will shortly be removed. Representatives from partner organisations of the Cobham Park Heritage Project took full advantage of this once in a lifetime offer; Maggie Morgan from the National Trust, Ted Allett from Union Railways, Gravesham Mayor Harry Smith and Cobham Park Heritage Project Team Chairman David Nessling, all donned safety helmets to climb narrow ladders 23 metres to reach the top.


‘Restoring the pinnacle to the pyramid roof is a significant milestone for the Darnley Mausoleum and the Cobham Park Heritage Project. It is symbolic of ten years of successful efforts by the project partners to tackle decades of neglect and vandalism. The partners’ ongoing objective is to protect and enhance the internationally important buildings and landscapes of Cobham Park, at the heart of initiatives to provide quality countryside for the people of Thames Gateway Kent to enjoy for generations to come’ said David Nessling Chairman of the Cobham Park Heritage Project Team.

The Cobham Park Heritage Project is funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund, the Department of Communities and Local Government, and English Heritage.

Improvements to Strood Gateway

Work is underway to improve public access to Cobham Park and the neighbouring Ranscombe Farm Reserve, through the Knights Place underpass beneath the M2 motorway at Strood, Medway. The route is very popular with local visitors, but has long faced the pressures of joyriding, flytipping, and vandalism.

Landscaping works have been undertaken to improve pedestrian access along the public footpath from the underpass to the Channel Tunnel Rail Link, making the site more physically accessible and more inviting to visitors, whist maintaining a high level of security against cars and 4x4s.


On Sunday 25 March, local volunteers turned out in force for a morning of shrub planting and flytipping clearance. The day was a great success! The following Friday, year 5 children from nearby Bligh Primary School planted further hedge plants and spread grass seed, which will go a long way to improve the appearance of this important gateway site.

All works were 50% funded by the Kent Downs Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty Unit.

CAMS and Plantlife International (managing Ranscombe Farm) have been working closely with the CTRL operators, Highways Agency, Medway Council, local landowners and other stakeholder groups – including the local community – over the past 18 months. It is intended that work to date will be further built upon in the coming months

New trees planted in Cobham Wood

8 volunteers turned out on a very sunny Mothers Day to for a morning’s tree planting in Cobham Wood, to help replace those lost and damaged in the 1987 storm and following years of fire damage and abuse.


This was an important contribution to a major programme of works that are restoring the historic wood pasture habitat of this historic landscape.