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30 Apr 17

Cricket at Killerton

There has been a cricket pitch in Killerton Park since the late 18th century. Broadclyst Cricket Club are the team who play in the Killerton timber cladded pavilion in the Grade II Registered parkland. What a place to play cricket eh? As part of the project we have fenced the pitch with parkland railings. We have also rabbit proofed the pitch. The old post and wire fence was not cattle proof and the pitch was often covered in cow pats and rabbit holes. We wanted to protect its heritage in the parkland and keep it looking the way it deserves to.

Killerton cricket pitch

10 Apr 17

The benefits of spring

It’s amazing to see how our restoration efforts are encouraging more wildflowers to grow back in our wood pasture areas. Look at these bluebells!

bluebells thrive in areas of parkland restored by the National Trust

12 Mar 17

Veteranisation

Sometimes in parkland there is an age gap between different phases of planting. These age gaps can sometimes affect wildlife which lives in decaying bits of wood or habitats associated with our oldest trees. When these trees go, are there trees with similar habitats for the wildlife to go to? We have worked with specialist tree surgeons to veteranise this tree. This means, intentionally creating areas where decay processes can start. There has also been holes cut in the tree for roosting bats, birds etc. The tree was chosen as it is already decaying inside and had a huge canopy, at risk of falling and taking out some young oaks around it. Depending on the success of this experiment, we will look for other appropriate trees to bridge veteran tree habitat gaps.

veteran tree at Killerton