Guidance for visitors to Windsor Great Park
Your safety, the safety of our staff and other Park visitors is our utmost priority, so please maintain social distancing at all times, staying at least two metres from people outside of your household. When meeting family and/or friends you do not live with, or have formed a support bubble with, you must not meet in a group of more than six (6), indoors or outdoors. Before visiting please familiarise yourselves with the latest Government guidelines. Please also refer to the guidelines about meeting others safely.
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.
The Savill Building
The Gift Shop, Plant Centre and toilets at The Savill Building are open. On busier days you may need to queue.
The Savill Garden
The Savill Garden is open for Friends and Members as well as a limited number of pre-booked tickets.
The children's play area - Obelisk Lawn
This area will remain closed.
Virginia Water Pavilion
Firstly, try The Savill Garden car park at TW20 0UJ. Other areas of the Great Park are within easy reach of this car park.
The following are also open:
The car park at The Valley Gardens remains closed.
More information about car parking can be found here.
Cycling in Windsor Great Park
More information about cycling can be found here.
Catering facilities in Windsor Great Park
The Savill Garden Kitchen is open with a reduced menu. The terrace is open from 9am - 11am for teas, coffees and pastries and then the lunch menu is available from 11.30am - 4pm.
During this time whilst we are operating a reduced service, we want to ensure that as many of our Visitors, Friends and Members are able to enjoy the restaurant facilities. Your table occupancy for dining is limited to one (1) hour with no return within two (2) hours. Thank you for your understanding and co-operation.
The following reduced take-away catering will be available:
We are constantly reviewing the situation and should Government advice change, or public safety be compromised, we will not hesitate to impose further closures or restrictions.
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.