The story of the Ebworth Estate
In 1989 John Workman gave the Ebworth Estate to the National Trust. John was a National Trust forestry advisor for 30 years, co-founder of the Tree Council and co-founder of the Friends of Westonbirt Arboretum, as well as ex-president of the Royal Forestry Society (RFS). He was also one of the few recipients of the National Trust Octavia Hill medal and considered by many as one of the most influential foresters of his generation.
The estate includes five hundred acres of beech woodland, which form part of a larger National Nature Reserve, and six hundred acres of organic farmland.
The beech woodland is of international importance for conservation and is part of a continuous block of ancient semi -natural woodland and grassland along the Cotswold scarp.
John Workman loved the estate, particularly the woods, and even had a favourite tree which visitors are still able to spot. However, it was his wish to pass on this passion and knowledge of the countryside to future generations, and it is this wish that National Trust rangers hope will come to life at the Ebworth Centre.
The Centre immediately adjoins the woodlands. It was established in the range of old stone buildings which make up a traditional Cotswold manor farmstead, as a centre for woodland study, management and practical work. The old coach house is now home to the administrative offices of the National Trust’s Heart of the Cotswolds portfolio of outdoor sites – which include Woodchester Park, Minchinhampton and Rodborough Commons, Haresfield Beacon, Crickley Hill, Dover's Hill and May Hill. Natural England also share the site as an office, and work with the ranger team on several projects.