Category: Estate

Out and About

It is wonderful to see how the natural world wakes up in spring. We are able to hear the fantastic dawn chorus and a similar crescendo as the sunsets. I have been fortunate to have seen at close quarters a vixen carrying a duckling back to her earth in order to feed her cubs. NatureFind out more

Out and About

April has been a very dry month and the pastures could do with a shower or two. The lambs are growing fast and the ewes are working hard still feeding them. The wildflowers are making a grand display in the woodland areas with the Bluebells at their best. The birds are busy feeding their first broodsFind out more

Out and About

April 1st saw a thin blanket of snow for a few hours. A real shock after the warm sunny days of late March. Unfortunately, it resulted in some casualties amongst the lambs, rain followed by freezing nights was too much for some. Hopefully, the temperatures will improve with the longer days. The birds have been busyFind out more

Out and About

Storm Eunice gave the Estate a real shock with winds gusting to 70mph and possibly greater at times.Unfortunately several of our wonderful mature trees were amongst the casualties. A very sad sight to see these fallen giants. The broken root systems give an idea of the stresses that they are under. Where possible some ofFind out more

Out and About

The recent heavy rain has seen the river running fast and coloured, washing many of the leaves and branches downstream and eventually out to sea at Sandwich.  We are fortunate to have volunteers from the ‘Our Stour Project’ who monitor the invertebrate life of the river each month. This provides valuable information on the generalFind out more


The Kentish Stour Countryside Partnership (KSCP) is an organisation built on the core aim of conserving, restoring and celebrating the glory of nature and landscapes. For two decades KSCP has had the pleasure and privilege of working with Godinton House and Gardens. Like the strong, withstanding trunk, of a mighty oak tree, Godinton has firmFind out more

Farming on the Estate

I’m sure many of you have bumped into either myself or Andy and sheepdog Bob whilst we are out and about checking our beautiful sheep and lambs. Myself and husband Andy, along with our now 3 year old daughter Olivia, were delighted to have the opportunity to take on the farming tenancy here at WortenFind out more

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