Responding to climate change at Killerton, Devon

Pools of water with rolling fields in the background

Nature has defined Killerton in Devon for centuries and today is no different. The woodlands, riverbanks, protected parkland and wildflower garden on the estate make it a haven for nature and people.

Bats, owls and insects live in the veteran trees and rare species of fungi and flowers grow here. Killerton is also home to more than 30 species of butterfly. But all of this is at risk from climate change, which is causing frequent and intense drought, storms and heatwaves.

Harnessing the power of nature

We know that nature is our strongest ally against a changing climate. This is why we’re carrying out restoration and land management work that enriches biodiversity, stores carbon, cleans water and slow its flow. We're planting trees and hedgerows, caring for existing woodland and working with tenant farmers to ensure we take full advantage of nature-friendly farming methods.

Reducing flooding 

The floodplain next to the River Culm, which passes through the estate, will also be restored. Eventually, there will be a mosaic of habitats, including pond-like depressions (scrapes), scrub, woodland, and wildflower meadows. This will not only attract more wildlife but create beautiful natural spaces for future generations to enjoy. 

Working with partners 

The work at Killerton is supported by the following partners and funders:

  • the Government’s Green Recovery Challenge Fund,
  • the Woodland Trust,
  • West Country Rivers Trust and Farming and,
  • Advisory Group South West.
Small purple wildflowers in a field

Green recovery at Killerton 

Find out more about how Killerton is helping nature to recover with help from the Green Recovery Challenge Fund.


Making Killerton more resilient to climate change

Set in 6,400 acres of Devon countryside, the Killerton estate supports a lot of wildlife. Watch this video to find out how we're helping the landscape adapt to the effects of climate change. From planting and establishing 70,000 trees to restoring a floodplain, a lot is being done to protect the estate for future generations.

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