National Tree Week is the UK’s largest annual tree celebration. Each year, the country’s conservation sector, volunteer groups and tree-lovers, come together to plant thousands of trees to mark the start of the annual tree planting season.
As part of our online booking, visitors to our UNESCO World Heritage Site, now have the option to offset their CO2 travel emissions by supporting a project to plant native species; including oak, cherry and beech, along with species more resilient to climate change and restore vital woodland and habitats across our Estate.
Currently, one in 30 visitors are contributing to our project, which also offers a generous 30% discount to people arriving via green transport.
As part of our Green Goals, we are committed to becoming carbon neutral on scopes one to three of the Greenhouse Gas (GHG) protocol across all operations by 2027.
“Our goal is to reinstate ancient woodlands on suitable ground by planting trees which not only sequester carbon, but also lock it up into the soils and we’re delighted so many of our visitors are supporting the project,” said Roy Cox, Blenheim’s Estate Director.
“Once mature, these new trees will capture and store 21 tonnes of CO2 annually, as well as support a huge range of wildlife through the biodiversity which will thrive underneath them.
“Our growing network of permissive paths and cycle routes, means the people living or coming to the area can also benefit with greater access to discover and explore this historic landscape and its rich biodiversity,” he added.
We have the largest collection of ancient oaks in Europe, with some trees over 1,000 years old.
Our Estate is also home to the famous cedar of Lebanon tree used in the filming of Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix and the rare Caucasian Wingnut tree which was introduced to England in the 1780s.
As alternative Christmas gifting, we are offering people the chance to sponsor a tree on our Estate. Each tree sponsorship costs £25 and includes a personalised, limited-edition certificate in a choice of design.