Ash Dieback Felling by Unleashed Dog Field
Arboreal works are currently underway as part of Charlton Park Estates management plan on the roadside woodlands and woodlands within the grounds of the estate. Due to these works in and around the woodlands surrounding Unleashed Dog Walking Field the Estate regrettably must close this facility from Monday 16th January to the close of Wednesday 18th January.
Conservation is a key part of the day-to-day management of the Estate but sadly many of our trees suffer from Ash dieback and therefore more aggressive felling and management is needed.
We appreciate that carrying out these works may cause some minimal disruption on the rounds surrounding the estate which, is regrettable and we thank you in advance for your patience. However, the removal of infected trees along these roads and within the body of the Estate are to manage the risk of diseased trees falling in the public highway or within areas of the Estate enjoyed by activities. The works will be carried out by specialist contractors supported by our own Estate team over the forthcoming weeks.
We plan to replant these areas with native species to further support the natural habitats and local wildlife needs.
About Ash dieback
According to the Woodland Trust up to 80% of the UK’s Ash population will suffer from this disease and be lost. Ash dieback (Hymenoscyphus fraxineus) is a fungus which originated in Asia. It doesn’t cause much damage on its native hosts of the Manchurian ash (Fraxinus mandshurica) and the Chinese ash (Fraxinus chinensis) in its native range. However, its introduction to Europe about 30 years ago has devastated the European ash (Fraxinus excelsior) because our native ash species did not evolve with the fungus and this means it has no natural defence against it. For more information visit the Trust Website by clicking here. (https://www.woodlandtrust.org.uk/trees-woods-and-wildlife/tree-pests-and-diseases/key-tree-pests-and-diseases/ash-dieback/)
Cold Weather Safety for Unleashed & Riding Pass Users
Extreme cold weather can cause a variety of issues for both owners and pets. Please consider the conditions when booking to use Unleashed and consider the conditions and the risk to yourself and your pet. In these extreme prolonged cold conditions, there is considerable amounts of ice, snow etc, uneven surfaces for both you and your pet. It is unlikely during this weather that the water supply will be working due to the continue sub-zero temperatures during the day. We ask you to use Unleashed at your own discretion once these risks for you and your pet have been considered. We want everyone to be safe and enjoy their time.
The PDSA has issued some excellent advice to dog owners to consider when choosing where and when to walk your dogs. To read their advice click here.
Riding Permits Users
The prolonged snow-cover and sub-zero temperatures will continue to cover most of the riding routes, it will make some areas icy, uneven, and difficult to gauge what the surface is like underneath. We advise riding pass holders to use the routes at their own discretion with this knowledge that they may not be passable or accessible for all routes and should plan routes with caution in mind.
We want everyone to enjoy their time on the Estate, but to stay safe doing so, and hopefully this winter weather will make the tracks more accessible soon.
We thank all our Estate visitors in advance for their understanding during this winter-wonderland weather.
Only 1 week to go until our Christmas Tree Shop opens!
We are delighted to welcome you to the Estate from the 26th of November where you can; dig up your own tree (don’t forget to bring a spade), pick one to be freshly cut but our dedicated team, choose from a selection of varieties, grab a ready-made wreath (or a make-your-own kit), complete your festive front-room fir with a stand and of course the usual holly and mistletoe to deck your halls with.
You can also order online through our website by clicking here.
We have hundreds of trees of all sizes and shapes – something for everyone!
Unleashed Secure Dog Walking Field – Changes to Opening Times
Please note that now British Summer Time has ended the timeslots now available for booking have changed, this is in effect from 1 November 2022. With the safety of all in mind the field will now only be open for bookings from 7am with the last timeslot to start at 4pm.
The dog walking field has 6-foot-high deer fencing, water, a secure parking space and a simple booking system on the Estate website. Enjoy the freedom to walk and exercise dogs that are nervous or unsocial around others, have a distinct hunting compulsion or are at the beginning of basic recall training.
You can drive your car in and park in the gated area. The field is self-service and benefits from a locked gated entrance so your dog can run and have fun without worrying about either animals or people.
- Time slots are £10 for 50 minutes, up to 6 dogs maximum, one adult per 3 dogs is required.
- Please read our Terms and Conditions regarding Unleashed at Charlton Park.
- Commercial hires for training, classes or one-to-one can be booked by request via the Estate office.
For more information about Charlton Park Estate, any other events or facilities at the Estate please contact the Estate Office; email@example.com
To download directions and location details click here; Directions and Entrance Location for Unleashed at Charlton Park
Farm Machinery Movement Increase
It is that time of year for our farming team to take to the fields with fervour. Our cereal crops are being harvested throughout the day, often with late finishes for our team which means that there will be increased farm machinery traffic surrounding our cereal fields including Combine movement and tractors and trailers hauling grain to and from stores.
We appreciate that meeting any of these combinations on narrow lanes can be daunting and that they often are not able to travel at the same speeds or have the same breaking distances as those in cars or on bicycles. Please be mindful of overtaking if you are a car of a bike, the size and space taken up by our vehicles mean we have larger blind spots.
We appreciate your co-operation and patience while our team are working hard over the coming weeks.
If you would like to know more about our farming and conservation strategies here at Charlton Park, please click here.
Emergency Gas Works in Gilboa
We apologise for any inconvenience caused by this interruption to the route as the gas board are carrying out emergency works to the area. We advise riders to use an alternative route during this time or prepare to double back rather than exit on the point marked on the map.
The works are expected to carry on for the next fortnight, but maybe longer. We thank you for your patience and co-operation while these essential works are being done.
To look up alternative routes please click here.
Off-road Routes Around the Estate Linking Bridleways
The Estate Office are pleased to offer a half-year riding permit to the local equestrian community. The popularity of the annual permit has continued through the year. To accommodate those who wish to make use of the extensive routes but were not able to purchase a pass in January can now do so. The £70 permit will provide access from now until 31st of December and allow riders to enjoy off-road riding that links up existing bridleways across the 4500 acres of Charlton Park Estate.
To access a pdf of all the available routes including QR codes for start locations of rides please click here.
For a full copy of the terms and conditions and for an application form please click here and to purchase your permit please click here.
For further information or details please contact the Estate Office.
BBC Studios in conjunction with SME London have announced plans to stage a brand new Countryfile event, BBC Countryfile Christmas in the Park. The event will be held Friday 10th – Sunday 12thDecember 2021 at Charlton Park, Wiltshire
Countryfile is Britain’s most watched factual programme with a regular audience of more than six million viewers, the event aims to bring the award-winning elements of the popular programme to a live audience in an immersive festive environment.
BBC Countryfile Christmas in the Park will occupy over 5 acres of stunning parkland and arboretum. This exclusive event will have strictly limited tickets over the 3 days in December.
The Countryfile presenters will be attending across the duration of the show, limited tickets mean the experience for visitors will be one that is intimate and inclusive. Visitors will have the opportunity to attend a multitude of features, including The Countryfile at Christmas Stage, The Christmas Kitchen, Winter Woodland Walks, The Christmas Shopping Village, The Wine Cellar and Carol-Oke Live, all within the beautiful surroundings of Charlton Park.
Countryfile Christmas in the Park is organised by SME London, on behalf of BBC Studios. More details, upcoming tickets and exhibitor applications can be found via the website: www.countryfilelive.com