Trees felled for car park at Sandringham
Machines have moved in to fell trees on the Sandringham estate and make way for additional parking space for visitors.
The work is taking place in the west car park near the visitor center and is expected to increase parking supply from 415 spaces to around 600, including additional wheelchair-friendly spaces.
The scheme made headlines last year when it was revealed in a planning application that more than 100 mature trees were set to go – just as the Queen and Prince Charles launched a Plant a Tree scheme to the Jubilee.
The estate explained that it was one of many improvements aimed at “enhancing the visitor experience while preserving the landscape and environment for all to enjoy”.
“In recent years, the number of visitors to the Sandringham Estate has increased significantly. The Royal Park in particular received over 600,000 visitors last year.”
The extension to the parking lot follows on from improvements already made to the visitor center, courtyard and north parking lot.
The estate says it will provide more accessible and better parking to accommodate visitors to Sandringham, conveniently located near popular parts of the estate.
“As part of the work, a number of existing trees that were first planted as commercial timber will be removed. The estate has worked with local environmental organizations to ensure that downed trees will be replaced with a variety of trees and wildflower plantings which will more effectively encourage biodiversity in the area.
“The redevelopment is part of larger scale improvement and conservation work at Sandringham, through which the estate aims to plant 17,000 trees over the next 12 months.
“Felled trees will be sustainably reused as wood for new structures in the children’s play area and as chipping fuel for the biomass boiler that heats homes across the estate.”
He also confirms that the west car park will be open as usual during the works.