A progressive independent commercial business, created by Act of Parliament. Our portfolio includes the whole of Regent Street and much of St James’s in London’s West End, prime regional shopping centres, Windsor Great Park, rural land and coastline, and the UK’s seabed.
Areas of The Valley Gardens are currently closed due to tree management operations.
Timber felling and re-planting programme begins at Swinley Forest. Some tracks closed - Please follow directional signs.
At times, there is likely to be disruption along the Ribblesdale horse track (Blacknest Gate to Dukes Lane). China Bridge, which is half way up the track, requires some essential repairs. This involves the track being closed at times.
We apologise for any inconvenience caused by these activities.
After the current flowering season, the Punch Bowl’s Kurume azaleas will be heavily pruned. This is horticultural best practice and will allow the azaleas to rejuvenate over the coming years.
Pictured in 1986 - The Punch Bowl display has received a full prune approx. every 30 years.
The pruning also give us the opportunity to combat the bracken on the front section of the Punch Bowl and renovate the gravel paths. During the works the Punch Bowl will be enclosed to prevent rabbits from burrowing, minimise deer grazing and enable our team to keep the plants mulched and weeded.
We also intend to plant a further 5,000 Kurume azaleas on the east banks of the Punch Bowl by 2021.
Windsor Great Park and Forest is an international site of conservation, and some of the UK’s most important locations for fungi are found here. As such, the collection of fungi is strictly prohibited in Windsor Great Park. The ancient trees and acid grasslands are left as undisturbed as possible to create a unique habitat for fungal growth, resulting in an impressive collection of rare and interesting varieties. The collection of fruit bodies (mushrooms and toadstools), however, threatens the future of these species, and the other species they help to grow.
We ask all visitors to comply with the following measures:
No collection of mushrooms and toadstools for any purpose is permitted.
Causing damage to, picking, or discarding unwanted fruit bodies is prohibited.
Anyone caught picking fungi will have any mushrooms or toadstools confiscated and may face prosecution.
While exploring Windsor Great Park during the spring, summer and autumn months it is important to be aware of the risk of ticks. Ticks can inhabit areas of woodland and heathland, and some tick bites can be dangerous, so we recommend thoroughly checking for bites at the end of your visit.
The following tips will also help you to avoid being bitten:
Stick to paths and avoid walking through long grass or other dense vegetation.
Wear long sleeved tops, trousers and closed shoes (not sandals) when walking through tall vegetation.
Wearing lighter colours can be helpful, as it makes it easier to see any ticks.
Inspect skin regularly, and make sure children’s head and neck areas are properly checked
At the end of the day, check thoroughly to make sure ticks are not brought home on clothes or pets.
Use insect repellent, and use tick repellent collars on pets. Tick treatments are also available from your vet.
The Crown Estate starts its annual timber harvesting programme this May at Swinley Forest. This work is being carried out as part of the felling and replanting programme set out in the Windsor Estate 20 Year Forest Plan, which is supported and approved by the Forestry Commission and Natural England.
The maps below indicate the areas involved and we are taking steps to minimise visitor disruption where possible. The programme for this year includes clear felling of mature crops and thinning of younger crops.
Harvesting timber in this planned way has many economic and conservation benefits. Felled areas will also be replanted next winter to ensure the forest remains healthy and productive.
It produces timber for the construction industry and generates income in a sustainable way.
It creates open ground for rare birds to nest (such as the Nightjar)
It creates opportunities to replant with different species of trees to improve forest diversity.
Forest operations involve heavy machinery and large timber trucks; In order to keep walkers and cyclists safe, some tracks and rides will be temporarily closed or diverted to safe routes away from the felling areas. We hope to have all routes open again, for the start of the summer holidays.
We kindly request that you respect the closures and follow all signs and diversions while work is ongoing.