Green Recovery at Killerton

As the Government makes plans to repair the country from the effects of the Covid-19 pandemic, we're calling for a recovery that ensures everyone can enjoy nature.

Our recovery legacy should help everyone to enjoy the nature-rich green spaces on their doorstep and access local heritage and the shared cultural spaces that help bring communities together. In response to this, the Government has launched the Green Recovery Challenge Fund. In November we found out we were successful in two bids; 'Historic Landscapes' and 'Ancient Woodland and Trees' led by the Woodland Trust.

What is the Green Recovery Challenge Fund?

The Defra Green Recovery Challenge Fund is a short-term, competitive fund to kickstart the process of nature recovery, start to address the climate crisis, and help create and retain thousands of green jobs. The £40 million fund has been developed by Defra and its arm’s-length bodies, including Natural England, Forestry Commission, Environment Agency and others. The National Lottery Heritage Fund is distributing and monitoring this government money, to support projects that are ready to deliver and focus on nature restoration, nature-based solutions and connecting people with nature.

The 'Historic Landscapes' programme has been awarded £3.85 million by Defra as part of the Green Recovery Challenge Fund. The funding will kickstart a programme of work, worth over £4.7 million, to enhance nature and start to combat the effects of climate change in five of the most significant historic landscapes in our care.

The fund is also supporting delivery of the 'Ancient Woodlands and Trees' programme. This £4.6 million, 15 month programme of activity will make a tangible difference to the condition of ancient woodlands and ancient and veteran trees. The Woodland Trust and the National Trust are working in partnership to deliver the programme, with the Woodland Trust acting as the lead partner.


Killerton's work towards a Green Recovery

Through the 'Historic Landscapes' programme, Killerton is set to benefit from almost £800,000 of funding. Work will involve planting trees and hedgerows in suitable areas around the estate and increasing agroforestry to support more sustainable farming. We'll also be delivering a floodplain restoration pilot along the River Culm to provide a better habitat for wildlife and people to enjoy. We'll be providing a range of opportunities to engage people with nature and the health and wellbeing benefits that brings.

As part of the 'Ancient Woodlands and Trees' programme, the Woodland Trust and the National Trust are working in partnership to restore and manage ancient trees and woodlands across the Killerton estate, including thinning and removal of invasive and non-native species to increase light levels and support natural regeneration of these precious habitats.

Both programmes will benefit the local economy by creating jobs and increasing capability in the sector providing a lasting legacy for the programme.


What will happen?

1. Restoring floodplain on the River Culm

We have partnered with Westcountry Rivers Trust to start the process of nature restoration in the floodplain from Ellerhayes Bridge to Columbjohn.

A selection of speakers gathered in April to present the 50 year vision and spoke about the plans to deliver the first phase of works. Watch the recording of the Webinar here.

2. Creating new woods

Eighteen hectares of woodland will be created across the estate, providing more stepping stones for nature to move across the landscape.

3. Wood pasture 

We will work with graziers to create 40 hectares of wildlife-rich wood pasture.

4. Agroforestry 

We will establish partnerships with growers and create five hectares of agroforestry, improving soil health through nature friendly farming.

5. Replanting lost hedges on farms 

Working in partnership with the SW Farm and Wildlife Advisory Group, we will plant 2 km of lost hedges across the estate and lay 1.5 km more, ensuring a hedge network bursting with life.

6. Planting open grown trees of the future

Where suitable we will plant 400 open grown trees into the landscape.

7. Restoring ancient woodland and protecting ancient trees 

We have partnered with the Woodland Trust to restore precious ancient woodland across the estate. We will also work to protect 60 ancient trees by giving them more space to thrive.

The logos for the Green Recovery Fund

This project is funded by the government’s Green Recovery Challenge Fund. The fund is being delivered by The National Lottery Heritage Fund in partnership with Natural England and the Environment Agency.