Holker Woodlands

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.

 

OPENING TIMES

 

 

2021 Season

You have the option of booking tickets in advance via our 'Book Tickets' button or when you arrive with us at our kiosk. Our Christmas opening is not time restricted and you are able to view at your leisure. 

 

 

Dates and Times

Christmas Opening:
Hall, Gardens (first two formal sections), Cafe, Gift Shop & Food Hall
26th, 27th & 28th November
1st-5th December
8th-12th December
15th-19th December
10.30am-4pm