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There are many large, ancient and veteran trees in Windsor Great Park and forest. These have the potential to shed their branches at any time. However, due to the current weather conditions, please be particularly aware and avoid standing and sitting under these trees for prolonged periods.
The Crown Estate is starting it’s annual timber harvesting operation this month (April 2018). The felling areas, in the vicinity of Vicarage Lane area near Bagshot, are as shown on the attached Timber Harvest Area map.
This work is being carried out as part of the 20 year plan for this woodland, to harvest a sustainable crop of timber, to create opportunities for wildlife and to increase the range of tree ages in the forest. The felled areas will be replanted within the next 2 years.
Tree felling and timber haulage is expected to be ongoing until around the end of June, with the intention of being completed before the school holidays. Some tracks may be closed for your safety during the operations. Forest users are kindly requested to observe all signs and instructions to enable us to manage these works safely.
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, and the wider Windsor Forest areas, 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.
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.
The Punch Bowl’s Kurume azaleas were heavily pruned during 2017. 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 plants have responded well so far and we anticipate that there will be some flowering this year but we are in year two of a five year restoration programme.
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.