The Windsor Estate spans 6,400 hectares (15,800 acres), of sweeping parkland, award winning gardens, forests, forest trails, and ancient woodland. It has been practicing sustainable land use for hundreds of years and our focus has never been stronger given changing global temperatures.
Climate change impacts both our day-to-day and strategic planning across The Windsor Estate. For example, our Gardens Team routinely consider drought resistance and ‘xeriscaping’ in any long term planning. We were the first ‘dry’ landscaped garden in the United Kingdom, (a dry garden that uses drought-tolerant planting to eliminate the need for irrigation) – this eases pressure on water resources and reduces pollution.
John Anderson, Keeper of the Gardens
What is important is finding the right place and conditions for every plant. The right place for the right plant will mean a greater chance of surviving as our changing environment continues to challenge us. We need to be working towards diversifying and adapting to various conditions like xeriscaping in the Dry Garden or providing more canopy cover for woodland and shade plants, along with using mulches from our recycling yard to reduce weeds, keep the ground moist, and help establish our plants.
Find out more about what we’re doing to deliver the broadest possible value, (financial, social, environmental) for our customers, partners and the nation.
How we manage and reduce the waste we produce is vital in meeting our Net Zero goals.
We also encourage visitors to Windsor Great Park to be environmentally responsible, such as working with our supplier to offer discounts on takeaway hot drinks if visitors bring their own reusable mug.
We also process waste according to type, sorting it on site as follows:
Windsor Great Park produces an average of 2,100 tonnes of organic waste each year. Organic waste can be converted into compost, a valuable resource which we can convert on site and then use throughout The Windsor Estate.
100% of the waste generated by visitors is either recycled or converted into electricity at a local Energy from Waste (Efw) plant. Once sorted, we compact the waste into 15-tonne bales on-site. The introduction of this system has reduced the waste transport requirement from a minimum of 8 lorries per week to 2 per month.
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Conservation & Stewardship
The Windsor Estate is home to a vast array of flora and fauna. The long-term stewardship of its habitats and wildlife – by The Crown Estate – has made the Estate an internationally recognised example of biodiversity, sustainability and conservation.
Windsor Great Park is part of the operational Windsor Estate, which also includes commercial forests, golf courses, farms and the Ascot race course.
From William I’s hunting grounds to Queen Victoria’s royal picnics, the landscape has been improved, cherished and shared by a long line of monarchs.
Take a journey through the ages with our Historic Timeline, which tells the story of Windsor Great Park and its Royal associations, from the Battle of Hastings right through to the present day.