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New Roles Working in Europe’s Most Ancient Oak Woodland

Blenheim Estate is recruiting for two new members of staff to join its forestry team.

Our Estate, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, is home to the largest collection of ancient oaks in Europe, including several which are more than 1,000 years old.

Large areas of the 12,000-acre estate, ancestral home to the Dukes of Marlborough, is wooded and the new recruits would also be part of a hugely ambitious project to plant more than 270,000 trees; creating nine new woodlands in a bid to help tackle climate change.

The tree planting project, which will capture over 22,000 tonnes of CO2 over the next 25 years, also includes the creation of a forest school, wildflower meadows, open spaces and more than 15km of linked public footpaths.

The new woodlands are part of our ongoing commitment to becoming the UK’s first estate to demonstrate carbon-positive land management.

“This is an incredibly exciting time to be joining the team here at Blenheim,” said Nick Baimbridge, our Rural Manager.

“We are undertaking a series of hugely ambitious projects across the estate over the coming years as we implement our wider land strategy, which seeks to recognise the value of the estate’s natural capital, including woodlands, water, soil, green spaces and biodiversity,” he added.

Successful candidates will be expected to assist the Forestry Manager with the day-to-day management of the woodland portfolio within our parkland and the wider Estate.

This will include planting, maintaining and enhancing the landscape. Applicants for the two full-time, permanent positions should ideally have experience of handling machinery and equipment.

Experience of climbing, maintenance and felling trees as well as a background knowledge of practical land management would also be beneficial but is not essential.

  • Prospective candidates are asked to apply with a CV before the 2nd February 2022. Click here for more information on the roles.