Category: Estate

Map of Godinton Estate

Maps and plans This delightful map of the Godinton Estate by Samuel Pierse, 1621, shows the early house and farm buildings surrounded by walled gardens, ponds, orchards and the parkland fields and woods. This map, along with the account book kept by Captain Nicholas Toke and his nephew Sir Nicholas Toke between 1618 and 1704,Find out more

Balls Wood Felling

Balls wood is an ancient woodland, rich in both historical and environmental significance,  located to the north of the main house. In recent years, the woodland has been devastated by the effects of the Ash dieback disease. In response, a plan of operations has been developed and implemented, with input from the Forestry Commission andFind out more

Garden re-opening

Garden Opening from Tuesday 30th June We are delighted to be able to offer pre-booked tickets for the garden from Tuesday 30th June. The garden will open Tuesday to Sunday from 1pm to 6pm (last booked entry 5pm). Please complete the on-line form on our website with your preferred date and time, you will then be sentFind out more

Covid-19 Statement, 5th June 2020

Friday 5th June 2020 It has been heart-warming to welcome our Garden Season Ticket holders back this week and at last be able to share the beautiful gardens again – albeit on reduced opening hours. We thank them for their feedback, which has helped us improve our procedures for opening safely. From Tuesday 9th June, openingFind out more

Looking after our trees

The Godinton Estate is fortunate enough to have thousands of trees across it, but as we are open to the public, we have to be vigilant in managing our trees to ensure the safety of all our visitors. As a result, tree surgeons check our trees regularly – they can do this by visual examination,Find out more

Replanting Jubilee

December was a busy month across the estate: the Jubilee Plantation was replanted following a combination of storm damage and ash dieback. Replanting is no small task – the team had to plant around 500 new trees in rather damp conditions. Approximately 70% of the trees were oak, with the remaining 30% comprising of aFind out more

Rainy Days

November has been an exceptionally rainy month: rainfall at nearby farms has been somewhere around 180mm for the month, with the average hovering much closer to 120mm for this area according to the Met Office. Unsurprisingly, this has resulted in quite a bit of flooding across the Godinton Estate – much of our land isFind out more