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.
Windsor Great Park is home not only to our resident Red Deer herd, but also to a herd of Long Horn cattle which roam around the native oaks.
Perhaps one of the best known species that live in the Great Park is our herd of Red Deer, which are resident in the Deer Park adjacent to the Long Walk. The current herd was established from two stags and 40 hinds, originally from Balmoral Estate, which were introduced in 1979 by our Park Ranger HRH The Duke of Edinburgh.
If you visit the fields and woodland near Rangers Gate, close to Stag Meadow, you may also be able to catch a glimpse of our herd of Long Horn cattle - a living example of the natural woodland system. In addition, Windsor Great Park is also home to a number of other species, including muntjac and roe deer, badgers, bats and a healthy population of rabbits and hares. We have numerous freshwater fish in our lakes - including pike, tench, roach and carp – plus lots of butterflies, and protected dragonflies, during the summer months.