University of Essex Wivenhoe Park

Since the early 1960s when the University moved onto Wivenhoe Park, Colchester, great care has been taken to maintain the heritage of the 230 acre parkland grounds as well as improve them for the enjoyment of all.

The setting is famous all over the world as it features in landscape artist’s John Constable 1816 painting ‘Wivenhoe Park’. The picturesque view he depicted can still be admired, including Wivenhoe House, the first substantial building on the parkland, designed in the mid 18th century by Thomas Reynolds.

The House has been restored to its original glory and the same care and attention has been lavished on its grounds, still maintained much as they were set out by landscaper Richard Woods in the 18th century. Pride of place goes to two cork trees, thought to date back to 1813 when Major General Francis Rebow brought back cuttings from the Peninsular War.

A 500 year old oak nestles nearby and other fine specimens are dotted across the park, parts of which are listed on English Heritage’s register of Historic Parks and Gardens.

An online tree map points out the outstanding specimens that can be enjoyed, including a magnificent Cedar of Lebanon and a Corsican Pine, set in what used to be a Pinetum.

Areas have been set aside for wildflowers and the three large lakes provide homes for a range of wildlife.

The Essex Business School embodies our environmental commitment. As the UK’s first zero carbon business school, its stunning design includes an indoor garden.

Park Facilities

Cycle routes
Education Centre
Fitness Equipment
Football Pitch
Historic Building
Multi Use Games Area
Picnic Area
Public Sculpture
Public Transport Links
Tennis Court
Walking Routes
Wildflower Area
Football Pitch
Green Flag
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Managing Organisation
University of Essex
Mick Minshull