It is with great sadness that we have learnt of the death of His Royal Highness The Duke of Edinburgh. We extend our deepest sympathies to Her Majesty The Queen and all members of the Royal Family.
His Royal Highness The Duke of Edinburgh was the Ranger of the Great Park for nearly 70 years and during this time his impact on one of the most recognised landscapes in the world has been immense. He has provided guidance and insight to our team to help them manage the Great Park and the wider estate, from the farms to the wildlife to the ancient woodlands, ensuring it can continue to offer a rich sanctuary for all, for generations to come. We will miss him greatly and there is no doubt that his influence will continue to be seen in our work across the Great Park.
His Royal Highness’s commitment to protecting the Great Park for the long-term can be best summed up in his own words: “The management of land is a very long-term business and the best results can only be achieved if there is confidence and continuity. We are enjoying the gardens and avenues and amenities planted by previous generations and it is because I feel myself to be a temporary custodian that I am planting for future generations.”
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.
Working Woodland & Visiting Buttersteep Forest and Swinley Park
Swinley Forest is also very much a working woodland, sustainably producing over 10,000 tonnes of timber every year - which is used for a variety of purposes including construction, fencing and heating homes.
The techniques that we employ are designed to provide the best opportunities for wildlife, and this is an important part of our Stewardship - resulting in both SSSI and SPA designation. Through a clear felling and re-stocking programme, our forest plan delivers transient open spaces which create a special habitat for our rare ground nesting birds. This clear felling also provides us with an opportunity to diversify the tree species within Swinley Forest - which in turn will hopefully become more resilient to potential climate change, and to a plethora of pest and diseases which threaten them.
All of our forests on the Windsor Estate, including Swinley, are covered by a long term plan which provides a vision for the woodland for the next 100 years and beyond. This rigorous planning allows us to hold Forestry Stewardship Council and Pan-European Forestry Certificates – and these independent accreditations demonstrate that we manage our forest to the highest environmental, commercial and socially sustainable standards. Since 2000 our commercial forests and woodlands have been awarded Forest Stewardship Council® certification, so complying with the UK Woodland Assurance Standard (UKWAS) - recognised as the kite-mark of sustainable forest management. We are committed to maintaining these standards through our certification body the Soil Association (Woodmark).
When you visit Swinley Forest, you may encounter heavy forestry machinery. We understand that these are exciting to see, especially for children, but please be respectful of any safety directions that are provided around these activities. For the latest news about ongoing work in the forest, please visit our Visitor Updates page.
Visiting Buttersteep Forest and Swinley Park
There is an annual car park membership* to include access to Buttersteep Forest and Swinley Park.
All spaces have now been allocated. If you would like to be added to the waitlist, please email[email protected]to register your interest.
Annual car park membership for Buttersteep Forest and Swinley Park: £120 paid by direct debit
* There are only a limited number of Annual Car Park Memberships for Buttersteep Forest and Swinley Park available.