Rural

Blenheim Palace and the surrounding Estate lie at the heart of the Oxfordshire countryside on the fringe of the Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty known as the Cotswolds. For hundreds of years the land on and surrounding the Estate has been managed by our Rural Teams, as well as generations of tenant farmers. 

We take great pride in being custodians of the land, farming to raise the finest local produce as well as conserving the Park landscape, ancient woodlands and extensive rights of way across the Estate.

As both a World Heritage Site and the site of several Sites of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI), we aim to preserve the natural habitat for all who visit the wider Blenheim Palace Estate.

If you have an enquiry regarding our Rural Team, please contact Head of Estates, Roy Cox, on 01993 810520 or email rcox@blenheimpalace.com.

 
Rural
Rural

Sites of Special Scientific Interest

The Estate is home to several Sites of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI), the most notable of which are the Great Lake & Queen Pool and High Park.

The 110 acre lake created by Lancelot 'Capability' Brown forms the centrepiece of his landscaped Park and Gardens. Today, management of the Great Lake presents several challenges as the smaller area, Queen Pool, has silted up with sediment from the River Glyme. Click the button below to find out about the forthcoming maintenance of the Lake.

New research has found that High Park is home to the greatest collection of ancient oak trees anywhere in Europe. The area was originally created by King Henry I as part of a royal deer park in the 12th century. Around 90% of the woodland is made up of oak trees and it is thought that at least 60 of these oaks are up to 900 years old. It is also home to the 'King Oak', dated as being over 1000 years old.

Discover the ancient oaks on one of our suggested walks encompassing the Park Perimeter; click the button below to find out more.

Maintenance of the Lake Park walks

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