This winter the estate team has been supported by the gardening team. Both teams have been extremely busy in the woodlands and around the gardens.

We have created a Nuttery with a walk just below the orchard. Also both teams have cleared the moat banks which we keep like this. This allows the daffodils, primrose and snowdrops to grow.

We have planted 100 Sweet Chestnuts (Castanea sativa) trees to extend the ancient chestnut avenue. We have coppiced and thinned large areas of the woodlands, also all three ponds, snipe, folly and red lily have been revived to increase bio-diversity habitat enrichment removal of invasive vegetation and open up areas to allow sun light in.

Various fences have been repaired or renewed. A new fence and Escallonia hedge has been planted under the ancient chestnuts. Also the ancient chestnuts have had an extensive arboricultural work on them to make them safe and healthy.

Work has started on Rhododendron removal as Rhododendrons are an invasive species and are damaging British woodlands.

This summer will be mainly mowing, strimming and ride widening. This will develop a richer eco system and create dryer paths.

Also we wish to place some more seating areas and improve the picnic area.

We look forward to welcoming you back in to our Gardens and Grounds this season.

The Estate Team at The Gardens & Grounds of Herstmonceux Castle