The Estate has approximately 1,300 acres of woodlands at Holker and across south Cumbria. Two thirds are coniferous forests planted in the twentieth century and one third are broadleaved woodlands, some of which are classed as Ancient Woodland Sites. The coniferous forests were planted to produce commercial timber products within a relatively short time. Whilst this remains an important consideration, the Estate’s objectives are broader now and the woodlands are managed with biodiversity, landscape and amenity in mind.
The woodlands are managed by a small team, using contractors for felling and planting work. The Forestry Commission provides support through a woodland management grant and woodland improvement grants. The Estate is also exploring opportunities for new woodland creation.
The Estate produces sustainably grown commercial timber products including woodchip, which is used in the Estate’s two biomass boilers.
2019 Winter Opening Times
The Gardens are now closed until the 2020 season. The Hall and Courtyard (Cafe, Ilex, Gift Shop & Food Hall) are open Thursday to Sunday, 10:30am to 5pm.
Dates and Times
The Hall and Courtyard (Cafe, Ilex, Gift Shop & Food Hall) are open 10:30am – 5pm. Thursday to Sunday.
Friday 29th November – Sunday 1st December
Thursday 5th December – Sunday 8th December
Thursday 12th December – Sunday 15th December