Explore the Tyntesfield estate
The wider Tyntesfield estate is a diverse area, contrasting the designed landscape with the wilder parts. Each area has it’s own characteristic, some more remote and tranquil, others offer opportunities to play and explore.
In the Plantation wood you will see the more formal features, a network of rides and remnants of avenues, laid out by Tyntesfield's previous owners. Head over to Truckle wood, Sidelands and Wraxall Woods to discover semi-natural ancient woodland landscapes. Mature beech, oak and sweet chestnut number amongst the interesting species to be found here. We are also undertaking some planting in areas where rhododendron and softwood species have recently been removed.
Parts of Tyntesfield belong to a Registered Historic Park, a landscape that also stretches into Belmont. Wildflower meadows, interspersed with mature and young trees form part of this landscape. Views from the woodland of the open parkland are stunning and the old estate wall can be traced up into the woodland along the boundary.
Our tenant farmer works with us to maintain a large interconnecting estate. We have arable fields where crops are grown, and pasture on which cattle graze, plus our tenants maintain the hedgerows. The cattle contribute to attracting the various wildlife we are fortunate to support, as their dung is a vital food source for the beetles and bats to feed on.
Bats, newts, fungi, birds, badgers, hares, moths and reptiles are just some of the creatures that can be seen at different times of day and night on the estate. We are always mindful of our obligation to maintain the habitats that support these rare and interesting animals.
Our current orchard started to take shape in March 2014, the boundary of which follows old hedge lines from field systems of the 19th century. Over the course of the coming years we’ll be planting a variety of fruits, from apples, pears and mulberries to walnuts and damsons quince. The majority will have their history in Somerset, and some are heritage varieties, not usually grown commercially. One day we may even be producing our own cider.
This ranges from maintaining old trees known to be home to bats or owls to preserving archaeological features in the landscape. We also look after ponds that newts come back to each year to breed, and fields where wildflowers grow. We also cut the grass at the right time to allow the rare waxcaps to show and have returned arable fields to wildflower meadows, and headlands which are home to small mammals.