The Royal Masonic School For Girls occupies a site of over 200 acres, 176 acres of which was once Rickmansworth Deer Park.
It is a haven to a wide variety of flora and fauna, almost an island of tranquillity within the M25
There are two Dells, over 40’ deep, in which the herd of fallow deer, that were on the estate when it was a Deer Park, used to be wintered. The Dells were originally dug for the limestone that was used as road bottoming.
We have over 3000 trees; almost 1400 are logged, numbered and classified.
Over 50 of our trees are classed as Ancient, the majority being Sweet Chestnut (Castanea Sativa), for which we have a special responsibility of care.
Over the past ten years more than 500 trees have been planted in the grounds, the majority being indigenous hardwoods.
The Walled Garden was cultivated originally to supply the school kitchens with fresh vegetables. After many years of neglect it has been brought back to life with the planting of an arboretum containing specimen trees from all around the world.
Hidden somewhere in the grounds is the old well that used to supply water
to the mansion that occupied the site before the school.
There is a very extensive subterranean air raid shelter; strangely enough this was built before the start of the World War 2.
All that remains on the site from the days of the Mansion is what is left of the Ice House (an early form of cold storage).
A Roman road crosses the site from north to south. Its profile is easily visible behind the upper playing fields.
It has been said that John Milton used to frequent the park when he was writing Paradise Lost.
The wildlife found on the grounds is diverse: badgers, foxes, muntjack deer, stoats, squirrels and the odd mink that every so often try to feed from our pond. The pond is home to rudd, bream and some magnificent tench. There is also an increasingly varied bird population including a flock of Parakeets.