• Monitoring the Condition of the Woodland

    Summer brings an increase in visitors to the parkland and for us as rangers a change of pace in regard to what we are able to do; we are on what industry would term ‘reduced hours’. Until almost the end of August all of our activity is low key maintenance…

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  • Keeping You Posted

    The Postmen & Postwomen of the Parkland. Over the past few years as a group of volunteers, we have been renewing and replacing way-marker posts and signs in order to make the walks in the parkland easier to follow. In fact we have been doing this so frequently we have…

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  • Separating the wood from the trees.

    Much of the work we do as ranger volunteers is related to helping to maintain the woodland. Throughout the parkland there are numerous ancient and veteran trees, interestingly all have been tagged and their positions recorded in recent times; when looking at old maps of the estate there is evidence…

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  • Felling the Lime Tree Avenue

    The Lime Avenue running through the centre of West Park was planted in about 1960. The individual trees stand seven meters apart and throughout the summer attract the bees from nearby hives. Over the last few years a number of these trees have become diseased and one by one they…

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  • Special Places

    For me the parkland at croft castle is a special place, there are so many different aspects to the landscape, different environments, all to be found within the boundary of the parkland. It is however quite special for many others too. The Parkland’s significance as ‘special’ is indicated by two…

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  • Pokehouse Wood

    Pokehouse wood is at the far western end of the estate and getting there and back to the Castle is a distance of about 5½ miles. The first couple of miles are quite easy going, mostly along an asphalt forest track. Not long after leaving the main track the route…

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  • This Year’s Calves -2017

    One of the delights of working in the parkland at Croft for me is the presence of the cattle. Much of the parkland is also the grazing pasture for home farm. I sometime feel that the farm just sits amidst the traffic of visitors getting on peacefully with rural life…

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  • The Names of the Fields and Areas at Croft

    Not long after I began my volunteering as a ‘Ranger’; (I was never too sure about the name, it sounded a bit too American but then maybe it’s better than the original name we had i.e. ‘warden’ a name that prison officers were once called.) anyway, I was given a map…

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  • Tree Planting in Croft Wood

    The last week of January saw us all planting trees up in Croft Wood. With almost 600 trees to plant out we were in on three consecutive days in an attempt to finish the job. There is a quite specific map of what has to be planted and where. If…

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  • The Natural Play Area

    This was initially an education area Children were introduced to creatures that could be found in the woodland Old tree trunks were piled up as habitat for insects & bugs The area was small but needed regular maintenance There was room however to expand but it was very overgrown. Once…

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