Conservation and Stewardship

The landscape at Birling has been formed by many layers of heritage and history which inform the programme of conservation and restoration.

Our former medieval deer park is covered in features such as historic routeways like the ‘Pilgrim’s Way’; Coldrum Stones, a Neolithic burial chamber; early medieval woodbanks and earthworks, ancient trees, a lost formal Victorian garden and remains of a WWI trench and a WWII pre-officer training camp.

The Estate falls within the Kent Downs Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and the face of the downs is a Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI), where we have begun a programme of chalk grassland restoration together with Natural England.

Our work is also informed by Kent Wildlife Trust who have carried out surveys on the Estate for many years, tracking various wildlife such as dormice, reptiles, fungi, farmland birds and orchids.

Future plans include the restoration of the medieval fish ponds, further chalk grassland restoration and the ongoing works to Birling Manor Gardens.