Our work at Croft Castle

We've got lots of conservation work to be cracking on with, including a big woodland project with the Forestry Commission.

Woodland pasture management

Most of Croft's forest wood is leased to the Forestry Commission and this year they will be harvesting a lot of the timber as part of an ongoing woodland management project. 
Once this happens we will be working in partnership with the Forestry Commission to restore the woodland back to historic woodland pasture which will improve biodiversity and revive many of the veteran trees found within the wood.


Tree planting

Whilst planning continues for the woodland pasture management project, our rangers have been busy restoring other woodland areas within Croft's 1500 acre parkland.
Felling and re-planting work has been carried out in school wood which is a Plantation on Ancient Woodland Site to improve the biodiversity for wildlife and turn it back into natural woodland.
Trees planted are a mixture of Sessile Oak, Common Oak and Bird Cherry along with Rowan, Hazel, Maple and Lime trees. 

In the Fishpool Valley

Our woodland is a busy place this year with lots to see and do, so we've enlisted some help to improve the walks and old carriageways in Fishpool Valley.
We'll be widening the tracks to allow more sunlight to the woody edge of paths to help native plants and wildlife to really flourish.
We'll advise you when you visit of any areas which we're still working on and feel free to come along and see how we're getting on. It's also a great place to take the dog for a stroll. 

Biomass boiler

We have our very own biomass boiler helping fuel the estate. The biomass heating system will provide around 75 per cent of the property’s heating, saving 19,500 litres of oil per year as well as 52 tonnes of CO2 and will be fed by some of the timber felled on our own estate. 

Restoring the glasshouse

Our gardener and his volunteer team have nearly finished restoring the 1914 glasshouse and it's adjacent buildings in the walled garden.
The project has taken just over 12 months and all that's needed now is a fresh coat of paint.
From August this year we'll be sharing the story of life in the garden during the First World War and you'll be able to see some original graffiti left behind by the gardeners who were here 100 years ago.
Watch the video below to find out more about the woodland management plan at Croft Castle: