New Roles Working in Europe’s Most Ancient oak Woodland

Jan 19 2022

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

The Oxfordshire 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 Blenheim’s 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, Blenheim’s 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 Blenheim Park 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. For more information on the two roles visit www.blenheim.org/careers/vacancies/ .

Please contact Rachel Leach | RLeach@blenheimestate.com | or Drew Cunliffe | drew@flamingo-marketing.co.uk | for more information.

About Blenheim Estate Land

At Blenheim Estate Land we know that our land is precious and finite, but cared for properly its benefits can be limitless. Yet today there are fresh challenges like climate change, an aging population and increasing urbanisation.

So our approach – spanning a number of projects – needs to be as sophisticated, enduring and holistic as those issues we face.

By adopting new methods of valuing our natural capital we can view our land resources as part of an ecosystem. An ecosystem whose benefits extend to the air we all breathe, the green transport solutions that connect our communities, the physical and mental health we enjoy, and the quality of the food we consume.

At the pinnacle of our ambitions is the goal to become the first estate to demonstrate carbon-negative land management.

Ultimately, these projects form part of Blenheim’s Strategic Purpose; to be the lifeblood of the local economy, to enhance the lives of local people, and to share and protect this place.

At Blenheim Estate we believe the bounty from our land is more than the annual harvest, it’s the fundamental source of continued prosperity, renewal and wellbeing. Always growing our legacy.