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The Windsor Estate extends to 15,800 acres of which Windsor Great Park is 4500 acres.
The Crown Estate is responsible for managing Windsor Great Park as part of its Windsor Estate. The Crown Estate is an independent commercial business, created by Act of Parliament. We invest in and manage some of the UK’s most important and best loved assets, underpinned by an investment strategy focussing on our core sectors of London’s West End, dominant regional retail and leisure, agricultural and strategic land, and offshore wind. The value of our business stands at £11.5 billion and we return all profits to the Treasury, returning more than £2.2billion over the last 10 years. Our role is to make sure that the land and property we invest in and manage are sustainably worked, developed and enjoyed to deliver the best value over the long term. At the heart of how we work is an astute, considered, collaborative approach that helps us create success for our business and those we work with. We call this conscious commercialism.
Visit The Crown Estate website here.
The public stretch of the Long Walk running from Cambridge Gates at Windsor Castle to The Copper Horse statue is 2.65 miles (4.26 km) long.
For all queries regarding individual trees, scheduled works to trees or questions regarding ownership and responsibility please contact the Crown Estate arboriculture team on Tree.firstname.lastname@example.org
The Savill Garden covers an area of 35 acres.
The Savill Garden is open daily between 10am-6pm (Mar-Oct) and 10am-4.30pm (Nov - Feb). The Savill Garden and Savill Building are closed on 24 and 25 December.
Please call The Savill Garden reception on 01784 435544. The Savill Garden is open daily between 10am-6pm (Mar-Oct) and 10am-4.30pm (Nov - Feb).
Yes, children under 16 enjoy free entry into The Savill Garden. Children must be accompanied by parent or guardian.
Accessibility for disabled visitors can be found on our Disabled Access page.
Becoming a member is easy. Visit the Savill Building and a member of the team will be happy to do this for you. If we are unable to issue your Membership card on the day, we will validate your car parking ticket so that you do not have to pay for parking.
Membership applications can only be completed at the Savill Building. You will, very soon, be able to do this online. We will let you know when this facility is available.
The date can depend on when your application is processed. We will always tell you the date. It's at least 2 weeks from when your application is processed. The total amount will come out in one payment. We'll also keep your details on file so you can pay by direct debit for future renewals.
Normally, within 10 working days.
First, we'll need to process your application. Then we'll send you your welcome letter.
Inside, you'll find your plastic Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) card (use it to scan at car park/s and the Garden turnstile).
If you're a Friend of The Savill Garden you'll get a copy of our latest newsletter too.
Both memberships allow the cardholder entry into The Savill Garden and its car park. You can also bring one (1) adult guest and up to two (2) children. Not to mention 10% discount off all items in The Savill Garden shop when you spend over £10* and a copy of the regular newsletter.
The Friends of The Savill Garden also receive Notices from the Friend's Committee and advance notification of the upcoming Friend's events programme.
*This offer excludes books and any items already on promotional offer.
A single membership is the first or primary membership at a single address. This is charged at full price. The double membership is for a second cardholder. Both of you will then receive all the benefits, as shown above.
Car Park membership gives you entry to all the main car parks in Windsor Great Park:
As Friends of The Savill Garden and Members of The Savill Garden, you'll already get access to The Savill Garden car park. Pay an extra £20.50 per card and you can also get access to Virginia Water, Virginia Water South, Valley Gardens and Wick Road car parks.
Please ask a member of the team at the Savill Building for more details.
Each Car Park Pass is valid for the cardholder only. If there are two of you at the same address who want to use the pass, then you'll need to buy two cards.
The Car Park Pass is specific to you, not your car. So it doesn't matter if you come in a different car.
That's okay. When you next pop in to the Savill Building a member of the team will be able to help you with this.
Your plastic Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) card will be automatically updated on our system, so you won't need a replacement card. Please do not throw it away.
If you wish to renew your Membership you must do so within 3-months of the expiry date. After this time, to protect your Personal Data, we will delete your records from our database and you will have to apply for new Membership.
Adding a second cardholder to your Membership is not a problem. Please ask a member of the team at the Savill Building for more information.
Not to worry, just let a member of the team know at the Savill Building and they will issue a new one for you.
No, sorry. You will need to renew at the Savill Building when you next visit but as long as it is within three (3) months from the expiry date of your Membership.
That's fine. Pop in to the Savill Building and a member of the team will be able to do this for you. When upgrading Membership, the original expiry date remains. That means, if you've got 6 months left of your Membership, the upgrade will only cover those 6 months.
That's OK ... just let us know next time you visit the Savill Building and a member of the team will update our systems for you.
We always like to welcome our local residents to The Savill Garden. Yes, we do have a 2 for 1 offer when Windsor and Maidenhead or Egham Advantage Card holders purchase an adult day ticket to enter The Savill Garden and show their Windsor and Maidenhead or Egham Advantage Card prior to the transaction taking place.
Sorry but we do not offer any discounts to RHS or National Trust members.
Please would you email email@example.com to register your interest for an Annual Car Park Membership for Buttersteep Forest and Swinley Park.
Annual Car Park Membership for Buttersteep Forest and Swinley Park: £70
An Windsor Great Park Annual Car Park Pass PLUS an Annual Car Park Membership for Buttersteep Forest and Swinley Park : £110
* There are a limited number of Annual Car Park Memberships for Buttersteep Forest and Swinley Park available.
No barbecues, fires or gas stoves are permitted in any part of Windsor Great Park.
No, picnicking is not permitted in The Savill Garden, however there is a picnic area on Obelisk Lawn (situated adjacent to The Savill Garden). Access to Obelisk Lawn is free* and includes a small children's playground.
*Car parking charges apply.
We have several lakes and lots of waterbirds nesting in the Great Park. It is great fun to bring your children along and feed the ducks but here is some helpful information about the most healthy snacks for our feathered friends - canalrivertrust.org.uk
Please call The Crown Estate office on 01753 860222 to purchase your riding permit.
The award-winning Royal Windsor Information Centre is centrally located in Windsor Royal Shopping and can help with many different aspects of your trip. You can buy tickets for many local attractions and events over the counter or from their online shop.
The public areas of Windsor Great Park are open throughout the year and there is always so much to see.
The is always so much to enjoy in The Savill Garden, whether it be Spring Wood, The Summer Gardens and Summer Wood, Autumn Wood or the Winter Beds and of course the seasonal displays in the Queen Elizabeth Temperate
The astonishing Punchbowl display peaks in May. The actual date that the display reaches its peak is weather dependent.
Please email The Crown Estate Operations Manager with details of your commercial activity at firstname.lastname@example.org
Please email The Crown Estate Operations Manager with details of your commercial activity at email@example.com.
Please email full details of the charity, event and your requirements to Helen Buckham on firstname.lastname@example.org. Please allow a minimum of 28 days prior to your event.
Please email email@example.com with a filming proposal including:
We will then consider your filming proposal and confirm via email whether you have been granted permission to film. Please allow 5 - 10 working days to receive your response prior to the filming date.
Please email firstname.lastname@example.org with the details of your photographic request. It is the responsibility of the photographer to undertake full risk assessments prior to any photo-shoots and have the necessary Public Liability Insurance in place. The shoots should in no way impact or inconvenience any other visitors' enjoyment of Windsor Great Park. Commercial shoots will attract a suitable license fee.
I would like to use Windsor Great Park, Buttersteep, Swinley Park or Swinley Forest as photographic or film location. Who should I speak to about commercial photography and filming in Windsor Great Park?
We do not hold a licence to conduct wedding ceremonies at The Savill Garden.
Couples may have pre-wedding photographs taken at Virginia Water lake and on the Long Walk, under the following conditions:
The shoot must be restricted to the couple and the photographer and should in no way impact or inconvenience any other visitors' enjoyment of Windsor Great Park.
Wedding photographs on The Long Walk
Couples may have wedding photographs taken on the Long Walk, under the following
Windsor Great Park is a popular location and hosts many events throughout the year and so we cannot guarantee exclusivity of its locations for any pre-wedding or wedding photo-shoots.
It is the responsibility of the photographer to undertake full risk assessments prior to the shoot and have the necessary Public Liability Insurance in place.
If you have any questions, please email email@example.com.
The Crown Estate does permit the scattering of ashes within Windsor Great Park, for which no charge is levied.
The Crown Estate appreciates that this activity is often very personal, difficult and sensitive and the utmost respect and privacy will be shown to all concerned. However, there are several important provisos which need to be taken into account and which are best made clear at the outset -
Assuming these conditions are acceptable please contact us with the following information – The number of people involved. The nature of the ceremony. The suggested time and date. The specific area involved. You may contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Crown Estate reserves the right to refuse permission for this activity should any element be deemed unacceptable.
For many years the seats in the Savill and Valley Gardens have been offered for sponsorship in memory of loved ones or to mark a significant event.
Though the seats are very numerous, particularly in the Valley Gardens, we have now reached a stage where every seat has a sponsor.
We also believe that all the areas where seats are required are now occupied and it would be to the detriment of both gardens to continue to add further seats.
Therefore, we have reluctantly decided to no longer accept requests for seats.
We realised that this is likely to be a disappointment to the many people who love and cherish both gardens and wish to have a tangible association, however, it would be wrong to continue adding more and more seats and the decision to cease this scheme is the right and proper one.
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There is a plant centre at The Savill Garden that stocks some of the plants that can be seen in The Savill Garden. For more information, please visit The Savill Garden, call 01784435544 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Please call The Savill Building on 01784 435544 or email email@example.com
Yes, for more information please call The Crown Estate office in Windsor Great Park on 01753 860222.
Yes, Christmas Trees go on sale at our woodland depot in Windsor Great Park (off A332) from 1 December.
We also offer a Christmas tree recycling service from 27 December to 6 January at The Savill Garden.
We ask that you book your group visits with our Group Bookings Co-ordinator so that we can ensure your experience is a smooth as possible when you arrive at The Savill Garden. The spring and summer months can be particularly popular and so we advise that you book early to avoid disappointment. If you would like to discuss a group visit to The Savill Garden, please call Helen Buckham, our group bookings co-ordinator, on 0845 603 6228 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
We do offer special group rates for groups of 10 or more people.
If you are a travel trade customer then speak to Helen Buckham, our group bookings co-ordinator, about whether you could qualify for our special Trade Client rates on 0845 603 6228.