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Duke Pays Tribute To The ‘Quintessential Carer’

The Duke of Marlborough has paid tribute to his forestry foreman Nick Baimbridge after he received a Long Service Award from the Royal Forestry Society, praising him as the ‘quintessential carer’ of the Estate's woodlands and landscape.

Nick, who has been working on the Blenheim Palace Estate since 1986, received the award from BBC presenter John Craven in front of a packed audience during the recent Countryfile Live show at the Oxfordshire stately home.

Blenheim Palace has over 2,000 acres of Parkland, which includes over 100 acres of woodland which is managed by Nick and his team. The Palace is visited by 900,000 people a year.

Under his care is one of Europe’s most important SSSI veteran oak woodlands. Some of the trees in the woodlands, including the mighty ‘King Oak’, date back over 1,000 years..

John Hoy, Chief Executive of Blenheim Palace, said Nick has been a wonderful asset for the Estate since he first started there on a two-year YTS Forestry Scheme.

“Nick has proven to be a wonderful role model for his profession and he has given fantastic service to the Estate across the last three decades.

“It is vital the woodlands across the Estate are managed with care – not least because of the World Heritage Site status and the Capability Brown influences – and Nick and his colleagues have overseen that work and will continue to do into the future.

“We are very proud of Nick’s long service here at Blenheim Palace and we thank him for his huge contribution to the Estate,” he added.