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

Following the Government guidance, we are happy to confirm the easing of restrictions as follows: 

Wednesday 19th May - Indoor & outdoor seating available in the courtyard and Cafe. 

Wednesday 23rd June - Hall opens for hourly guided tours. 

 

Dates and Times

Café / Gardens / Gift Shop – Wednesday-Sunday, 10.30am - 5pm

Hall – Wednesday-Friday, 11am – 4pm

(Please note that the Hall will be running pre-booked guided tours on the hour. These will be available to book via the ‘Book Tickets’ button on our website. These need to be booked no later than 24 hours in advance of your visit.)