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05 Nov 16

Horse logging

We have recruited the help of some four legged friends to help look after the hill fort. Heavy horses, Beano and William worked hard to pull timber from the hill fort. The gradual selective thinning of trees from hill fort over the next 10 years will allow the remaining trees more space grow stronger and sturdier foundations, provide better habitats and increased their longevity. This in turn will also reduce the risk of trees uprooting and protect the important archaeology of the site. The horses are lighter than modern forestry machinery and it is a pleasure to watch them work.

horse logging at killerton on the clump near exeter

05 Sep 16

Rocking the quarry

Killerton Park is a Site of Special Scientific Interest for its geology. The hill behind the house was the site of volcanic activity around 290million years ago, meaning the ground is rocky with basalts; which is locally unusual. Several quarries across the parkland have been made over the past centuries; the stone was used to build the pales, Killerton House, the Stable block and much more. The most impressive quarry is in the N/E side of the Clump, it has a 50ft sheer face. We wanted to open the quarry up for visitors to get a real look at the geology, so we have commissioned a specialist survey of the stability of the rock face.

Rock face survey at the quarry in Killerton park

30 Jul 16

Restoring the 200 year old parkland fence

As well as the deer park pales, Killerton Park still has some of the original fencing from later stages of the park. The fence around Front Park (in front of the house) was installed in the early-mid 19th century and still stands today. It would have been put in to enable to deer to roam in front of the House, meaning the Acland family could show off their Fallow herd. The iron fencing had rusted and been bent by falling trees, passing vehicles and livestock over the years. We are working with specialists to blast the fence with pressurized sand. This will get down to the bare metal and allow us to paint it with protective black paint, showing it in its full glory and conserving it for years to come.

Restoring the front park fence railings at Killerton