Managing the wider Estate
Much of the estate and all of the woodland is run within a Higher Level Stewardship Scheme. Large areas are planted with wildflower meadows and species-rich grassland to encourage biodiversity. The 150 acres of parkland around the mansion and gardens are grazed by Sussex Cattle over the summer months.
Improving and maintaining the environment is an important aspect of management at Goodnestone Park. In 2021 the estate commissioned The Kent Wildlife Trust to carry out a Natural Capital Appraisal to identify levels of biodiversity across the estate. The report has provided us with a baseline assessment of our natural assets.
It highlighted areas dedicated to the removal of carbon from the atmosphere and areas suitable for biodiversity enhancement. It also indicated enhancements to the recreational, health and education benefits provided by the garden and public access.