The team has planted 3,000 Christmas tree seedlings across a 10-acre section of managed woodland on our estate.
The tiny trees, a mix of Norway Spruce and Nordmann Fir, are cell grown and sourced from a reliable grower.
“As with a lot of our forestry work the planting of the seedlings is just the beginning of quite a long process,” said Rob Burgess, one of our team responsible for this year’s planting.
“These particular trees won’t be ready until Christmas 2027 at the earliest, however we need to plant them now to ensure we have enough for our future customers and for the number of organisations that we donate trees to.
“For many local people getting a Blenheim Estate Christmas tree is part of their festive tradition, so we understand the responsibility we have to make sure we have the perfect tree waiting for them when they need it!” he added.
Planting the seedlings is just the first stage in a year-round maintenance programme for each of the young trees.
The forestry team will continue to monitor their development, pruning where necessary and moving surrounding vegetation to make sure the young saplings can grow strongly.
“Planting Christmas trees is the first stage in a process that ultimately ends up with a finished product that is the centrepiece for many people’s festive celebrations,” said Rob.
“While it’s still a long way off, for us this is the first step towards thousands of Merry Christmases in years to come,” he added.