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Conservation & Stewardship

The Windsor Estate is home to a vast array of habitats, flora and fauna. It’s long-term stewardship by The Crown Estate has made it an internationally recognised example of biodiversity, sustainability and conservation. 

Indeed, our 1,000-year history makes Windsor Great Park the top site in Britain’s ‘Index of Ecological Continuity’. Significant parts of The Windsor Estate are designated by Natural England as: 

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Balancing our responsibilities

In addition to our conservation work, The Windsor Estate provides many environmental, social and health benefits, including:

  • Outdoor recreation  (5.5 million visitors/year)
  • Carbon capture and storage 
  • Timber and woodland products
  • Food production
  • Water storage and irrigation
  • Pollination and improved air quality
  • Improved air quality 
  • Energy 
  • A buffer to noise pollution

We work hard to ensure these benefits are balanced with our environmental and sustainability responsibilities, while providing a safe experience for everyone to enjoy.

But we cannot do it alone.

How you can help

It’s easy. We ask that all visitors follow the Countryside Code and a few simple rules:

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About The Crown Estate
The Crown Estate is a unique business with a diverse portfolio that stretches across the country. We actively manage our assets in line with our purpose: to create lasting and shared prosperity for the nation.

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