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.
We are preparing the Totem Pole for restoration work which has been delayed as a result of the pandemic.
Working with Canadian specialist restorers and direct descendants of Chief Mungo Martin, the original carver, the Totem Pole will be lowered later this year before a lengthy period of drying, repair and restoration. Although still fundamentally sound, an exclusion zone has been placed around the pole to guarantee the safety of all.
This important landmark in the Great Park needs careful restoration so that it can be enjoyed by future generations in complete safety. The restoration work will follow the complex operation of lowering the Pole.
Crown Estate representatives were present in Vancouver in November 2018, when an identical pole - see pictures, carved by Chief Mungo Martin at the same time as the Windsor Pole, was lowered from its position outside the Vancouver Maritime Museum. The lessons learnt from this will allow us to safely lower the Windsor Pole, whilst at the same time ensuring that all necessary First Nation customs, are observed, as preserving heritage and tradition is as important as preserving the fabric of the pole.
Windsor Great Park is a designated Site of Special Scientific Interest by Natural England, and is incredibly valuable for conservation. The Park is potentially vulnerable and uncontrolled fires pose a significant risk to the park, its wildlife, and the many visitors that enjoy this beautiful landscape.
All forms of barbecue and camp fire are prohibited.
When exploring the Great Park 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. Some tick bites can be dangerous, so we recommend thoroughly checking for bites throughout and 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
The Queen Elizabeth Temperate House will be closed from 30 August 2021 for approximately 12 weeks for essential maintenance work. We will update our website as soon as it re-opens.
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