Bringing Killerton Park to Life


The ‘Bringing Killerton Park to life’ project is seeing lost views revealed, habitats improved and the parkland revitalized with a range of new walks and stories for visitors to enjoy.

Nationally important wood pasture habitats are benefitting from our conservation work and grazing by livestock. Veteran trees have been given space to grow and to continue to be a habitat for insects, bats, mammals, birds and fungi. 

With your support, important historic sites such as the Iron Age hill fort on the Clump, and the Deer Park Pales (Scheduled Monuments) have been removed from the ‘Heritage at Risk’ register and we continue to look after them  positive condition.

Centuries of fashions, politics and passion for outdoor pursuits have helped to shape Killerton Park. The eighteenth-century design allows for unexpected glimpses of sweeping views, whilst the ancient trees and banks hint at a history deeper and more varied than first meets the eye. 

The project is enhancing all of the features, habitats and designs of Killerton park, helping to keep it special forever, for everyone.

horse logging at killerton on the clump near exeter

Horses help protect the hill fort

Traditional horse-logging was used to remove timber from the Clump as part of our efforts to protect the Iron Age hill fort.

Please see our ‘Frequently Asked Questions’ sheet if you have any questions, or contact Project Coordinator, Fiona Hailstone; 

FAQ's about the project (PDF / 0.1MB) download

parkland plan bringing killerton park to life project work map devon

What is happening and why?

Find out more about how this exciting project is progressing.

killerton devon deer park pale repair

Revealing Killerton's hidden treasures

Recent restoration work in the parkland has unearthed striking stories from the past and revealed hidden features of Killerton’s landscape. What did we find?

A magnificent cedar of lebanon tree in Hatfield Forest, Essex

Making a home for Lebanese cedars

Seeds collected from the mountainous forests of Lebanon have been planted at Killerton Estate, continuing the estate’s plant hunting heritage.

Latest updates

28 Jun 17

Earthwork survey of the lost house

Investigations began this week at the possible site of the Killerton house that never was, designed by James Wyatt. Archaeologists worked with Killerton heritage ranger volunteers to undertake an earth work survey. The survey took two forms; one was using a Total station, seen here. To plot heights of banks and stone piles, map trees and animal burrows etc. The other part was done using baseline tape measures, set at a known point and a known orientation. Off set tapes are then laid out and read from to know exact distances of banks, gradient of slopes etc. We will soon have the survey back and be able to prepare for the excavation, scheduled to start on 17th July. The earth work survey will give us a scientific plan of the site and allow our excavation to be as effective as possible.

Volunteer archaeologists conducting an earthwork survey of the lost house

14 Jun 17

Lost Killerton

We trail about recent research of Killerton’s history has started and runs between now and Autumn. Work that we did on the Pales shone light on other mysteries in the parkland. A LiDAR image of the parkland was used to suggest further research, which we will undertake this summer as part of the project. Pick up a trail a discover Lost Killerton. Keep your eyes peeled for our archaeological investigations so you can come along and have a look.

A LIDAR image of Killerton's parkland showing historic features including the possible site of James Wyatt's palladian mansion that was never finished.

04 May 17

Parkland guides

A team of volunteers have begun to lead walks around the parkland, bringing it to life for visitors. The guides know about the parklands, history, habitat and our current work. Look on our What’s On section for more details.

Visitors enjoying a guided walk from volunteer parkland guides at Killerton