In line with Government advice, the Great Park currently remains open for you to take essential exercise, if you live locally. (You shouldn’t travel outside of your village, town or area of the city you live in).
To help keep everybody safe, when in the Park you must follow Government national lockdown rules.
Your safety, the safety of our staff and other Park visitors is our utmost priority. We will not hesitate to impose tighter restrictions if safety is compromised.
Before you leave home
Please note - there may be occasions where our team will ask you to move on if an area is becoming too crowded. Please respect their request.
Tuesday 02 March. Canadian Avenue from the Totem Pole to The Valley Gardens coffee unit will be closed. Please follow the diversions.
Please can horse riders use the road from Timber Lodge crossroads to the cross-over point to the horse track leading to Ox Pond. This is due to the ground conditions of the adjacent horse track..
Timber harvesting in Swinley Forest
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Working practices on the Windsor Estate are already being challenged in various ways to improve our sustainability – helping to make us Greener on the outside, and the inside!
Windsor Great Park is committed to working with the community around us and sharing our knowledge about managing the countryside and sustainability. The Green Workplaces initiative is tasked with helping to raise awareness of what we can all do within The Crown Estate to reduce our environmental footprint.
There are a number of sustainable practices already taking place across the Windsor Estate. Outside, we are looking at new ways to manage our parks, forests and gardens that will boost our green credentials - while inside, we are taking the initiative to engineer greener solutions into the construction of our new building projects.
The Crown Estate woodlands and forests throughout the UK are audited by the Soil Association Woodmark, and are certified against international sustainable management standards - in accordance with the UK Woodland Assurance Standard (UKWAS).
These standards demonstrate that we have a clear strategy to reduce the use of synthetic chemicals, and that we monitor the effectiveness of these strategies annually. Windsor is also piloting an ultra-low volume herbicide system which greatly reduces the amount of chemicals being applied.
We use organic based oils such as rapeseed and vegetable oil-based chain lubricants for servicing our equipment. These are biodegradable and classed as non-water pollutants, and are therefore suitable for use in our ecologically sensitive SSSI and SPA areas. Our teams also use cordless power tools, powered by lithium-ion rechargeable batteries.
Each year Windsor produces 2,100 tonnes of organic waste on average, which is converted into compost - saving The Crown Estate approximately £156,000 per annum in addition to the environmental benefits.
100% of waste generated by visitors is either recycled or converted into electricity at a local Energy from Waste plant. This waste is compacted within the Great Park into 15 tonne bales which has reduced waste collection heavy vehicle movements from a minimum of 8 per week to 2 per month.
The Windsor Estate is taking steps to move away from reliance on fossil fuels, with the development of a new Biomass Heating System - replacing the existing use of Natural Gas. This will ensure an overall reduction of 91% in CO2 emissions from the properties on the Estate, and is anticipated to reduce total carbon emissions within the estate by up to 63% when it comes into operation.
Woodchips will become the primary source of fuel for the Low Temperature Hot Water (LTHW) and Domestic Hot Water (DHW) systems within Windsor Great Park, and these will be produced locally, using the sustainable supply of timber on the Estate.