Trent Country Park has a rich and colourful history, one which includes royalty, WWII spies and an abundance of nature.
Trent Park was part of Enfield Chase in the fourteenth century, one of Henry IV’s privately owned and favourite hunting grounds. For 350 years Trent Park served as royal hunting grounds, with Henry VIII, Elizabeth and James 1 all enjoying hunting here. Before 1322 when it began to be referred as Enfield Chase the park was called ‘The Great Park of Enfield’
In 1777 the lease for the Park was passed to royal physician Sir Richard Jebb. He had apparently cured the King’s younger brother from mental illness when he was convalescing in Trento, a city in what is now Northern Italy. In remembrance of this deed, the new hunting park was named ‘Trent Place’.
Some of the woodland dates from pre-1606 and there are fine specimens that include oak and hornbeam with some birch, hazel, beech, holly, sweet chestnut and plantations of Scots and Corsican pine, Western hemlock and larch. Hay meadows within the park were harvested to encourage a diversity of grassland flowers.
Winston Churchill was a regular visitor to Trent Park estate, he produced several paintings of Trent Park including The Blue Room in 1934. In 1939-1945 Trent Park was requisitioned by the War Office to be used as a highly specialised prisoner of war camp, run by a Secret Service unit known as MI19.
Trent Park was openend to the public in 1973 as a country park.In 1986 the London Borough of Enfield became responsible for the care and maintenance of the Park. The Park now has public accessible countryside, farmland, a gold course and Trent Park Equestrian Centre.
Visitors can enjoy large open spaces for jogging, cycling, walking, cycling, horse riding, golfing or simply enjoying the picturesque surroundings.Trent Country Park boasts 413 acres of lush green meadows, magical brooks and bridges, exquisite lakes, historic woodland, and impressive architectural sites.
Bird life is still abundant with 3 species of woodpecker, nuthatch and treecreeper. Muntjac deer, rabbits, pheasants are nowadays the proud inhabitants of Trent Park and of course our lovely horses and ponies.
Now you know the history of the woods that you ride though each week. I assume you never considered that Henry VIII rode through the very same tracks on his horse during a hunt.
Keep Calm and Ride On