Tough Mudder UK

You all know we do courses for horses, but next summer you can take on a different kind of challenge here at the Gaddesden Estate. Delighted to announce that Tough Mudder UK will be staging their full and half-length events for the first time in our corner of Hertfordshire during the first weekend in July. Full details via: – tickets already selling fast!

Family Visitors

Mr and Mrs Halsey are always pleased to welcome family visitors, especially from the American branch of the family, to see the Church of St John the Baptist and the Golden Parsonage.  However, we would ask that you give as much notice as possible as due to their other commitments their diaries are often full and it is not always possible for them to be available.

Forestry February 2017

We are grateful for the continuing worldwide popularity of cricket! In 2016 we harvested some of the Cricket Bat Willows growing along the River Gade. New willow sets were planted to replace the felled trees in January.

Forestry January 2017

Last year we undertook the first thinning of two one hectare (2 ½ acre) of the blocks of woodland planted on arable land in 1990. This was a “line thinning”, taking out every third row of trees. We plan to do the remaining block in 2017. We are also intending to harvest some more of the mature oak trees in Big Wood. Three years ago we suffered from bad wind-throw in a sub-compartment in Big Wood and this month the fallen trees and stumps are being cleared, ready for re-planting next winter.

Tree Thinning

This month we have undertaken tree thinning in Newlands Wood as part of our on-going woodland management.  We have removed mostly larch, with some Scots Pine and Norway Spruce.  What was previously a dark conifer wood has now been transformed into a beautiful open and light beech woodland.

Monday sees the first episode of Arthur and George in a three-part adaptation of Julian Barnes’ acclaimed novel for ITV. Some of the scenes were shot at one of the cottages on the estate. There is also a horse pulling a plough scene which was filmed on Great Almonds just off of the Home Farm drive.

Martin Clunes plays the celebrated novelist and physician Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. Written by Ed Whitmore, the drama is based on true events in the life of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, who famously created the detective Sherlock Holmes.

Gaddesden Row JMI

We were very pleased to assist Gaddesden Row School by donating and erecting two log circles for their outdoor learning areas.  I’m sure that they look forward to warmer and drier days so that they can make good use of them.