With over 2,000 acres of mature woodland on the Estate, most of which are designated Ancient or a Site of Special Scientific Interest, Blenheim Palace has a busy Forestry Team.
Led by Nick Baimbridge, the Forestry Team undertakes regular thinning, felling and planting to preserve and maintain what is a natural habitat to hundreds of species of wildlife. As a long term strategy, part of the Estate and all of the woodland are within a Woodland Management Scheme promoting sustainable management for future generations.
Nothing goes to waste, and when trees are felled they are either sold for firewood, or chipped for our own use to produce renewable energy in the Biomass Boilers which power Park Farm and the Pleasure Gardens.
As well as the extensive ornamental woodland, the team put in a lot of hard work to produce our very own Christmas trees, which are harvested and sold during November and December at the Palace.
There are approximately 968 Veteran Oak trees in High Park on the Estate, which has recently been discovered to be the oldest woodland in Europe at an estimated 900 years old.
Blenheim Palace sells approximately 1,500 Christmas Trees each year, ranging from three to 30 feet tall.