Our work on the Blickling Estate
Covering 4,600 acres with 950 acres of woodland and parkland and 3,500 acres of farmland, Blickling Estate is home to a range of different habitats. These include over 1,200 veteran trees, native bluebells, as well as wild flower and floodplain meadows. Discover the work our ranger team are involved with to conserve and protect the estate for future generations.
Our ranger team work across the estate balancing the needs of conservation and access in a traditionally farmed environment. No two days in the life of a ranger at Blickling are the same – we might be looking after paths one day, building bridges the next and surveying butterflies after that. It’s the variety that makes Blickling a great place to explore – with something for everyone the estate boasts almost every habitat that you’d expect to find in lowland England.
Restoring the River Bure in Norfolk
We're working on our biggest river restoration project to date, to revive five of the UK's most precious rivers, including the River Bure in Norfolk, which runs through the Blickling and Felbrigg estates.
We’re excited to be working with Norfolk Rivers Trust on a project to restore wildflower meadows like Pond meadow, opposite the hall. The area used to be extensively grazed by dairy cattle but in recent years we’ve changed the way we do things; instead there are lower numbers of rare breed cattle which graze more sensitively allowing wildflowers to establish along the recently restored banks of the Silvergate Stream.
Veteran tree survey
The survey seeks to identify and safeguard the future of veteran trees. By knowing the extent and variety of the veteran trees in our care we can manage them to ensure there is no avoidable loss. In June 2022, we reached a milestone in our veteran tree survey journey as the team at Urban Forestry recorded tree number 1000 but we still have a significant area of the park to survey.
Tree planting on the Blickling Estate
As part of the Trust’s ambition to plant 20,000,000 trees, we’re planting three new woods at Blickling, building bridges between areas of existing woodland. The first of these will be the Jubilee belt, linking Bunker’s Hill plantation with a small woodland on the west edge of the estate called Marlpit plantation. In total we’ll be creating around 8Ha of woodland over the next few years.
Other ambitions include the restoration of over 100 hectares of native woodland. Non-native trees (which were planted as a timber crop) are being removed and allowing space for native trees to grow in their place. You’ll notice some areas of the woodland changing as we take out selected trees and allow light to reach the woodland floor; prompting a spring flourish of woodland wildflowers such as foxgloves to appear.
With your ongoing support, we're able to continue our vital conservation work. Thank you for helping to protect these special places.
Behind the scenes, the team at Blickling clean, protect and conserve the hall and collections items.
Discover more about getting involved and becoming one of the more than 500 volunteers who help in various roles as part of the team at Blickling Estate.
Working with the Environment Agency we’re working to improve the health of the River Bure. Find out more about a special project to keep this river and tributaries healthy to provide diverse habitats to let nature thrive.
There's much more to Blickling Estate than its famous house. Covering 4,600 acres with 950 acres of woodland and parkland and 3,500 acres of farmland, Blickling Estate is great for exploring alone, with family or your four-legged friends.
Read about our strategy 'For everyone, for ever' here at the National Trust, which will take the organisation through to 2025.