• 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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  • Clearing the Hill fort

    I am helping, along with other volunteers, to clear the dense overgrowth of Hawthorne, Blackthorn, Bracken, Nettle & Brambles that have grown up on the side of the south facing rampart and in the ditch below over the last couple of decades. We began work in October 2015 and we will…

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  • The Carriage Ride Walk

    As with all the way marked walks the carriage ride walk begins just beyond the cattle grid after you pass through the visitor reception. Ask for a walk guide at the reception, it’s a free guide that has all the parkland walks mapped out, with simple explanations. Purple signs mounted…

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  • The Iron Age Hill fort

    The walk up to the Hill Fort begins, as do all the way marked walks in the parkland, just beyond the Visitor Reception. Ask for a walks leaflet in the reception and follow the blue route. There is a large map board near the tearoom that shows all the walks;…

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  • Clear Felling Croft Wood

    For many decades the skyline at croft has been tree lined with coniferous species; much of this has been commercial forestry owned by the Forestry Commission who have a lease on about 700 acres of the Croft Estate. The current trend throughout the country is to reduce the amount of conifer and…

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  • Improving Accessability

    When I began volunteering here in 2010, there seemed to be a never ending list of routine jobs that needed doing; as we, a small group of regular volunteers, became more familiar with the 1400 acres of woodland, we began to recognise just how neglected the parkland had become. Whilst working we…

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