About The Birtley Estate
In the heart of the Surrey Hills, The Birtley Estate, with its lake and beautiful gardens, has always been an important ingredient in the peaceful setting of the Birtley House Nursing Home.
The gardens are continually being developed to enhance existing areas and to develop new ideas within the traditional structure. The Rose garden, Secret garden and the ‘Long Walk’ herbaceous border are a great source of enjoyment for our residents while the extensive Kitchen garden and Orchard provide fresh fruit, vegetables and flowers soon to be available to buy in our very own farm shop.
The woods have some ancient boundary banks and ditches indicating that there has been woodland on the Birtley Estate for several hundred years. Today a programme of coppice restoration and replanting has resulted in better woodland management and some wood-chip production for the biofuel boiler at Birtley House. In May, the carpet of bluebells in the woods is a dramatic and unmissable sight.
The lake is stocked with brown trout and the woods are full of wildlife including deer, foxes and badgers along with smaller, unusual, mammals such as dormice and water shrews. Birds are very prolific on the estate and include nesting buzzards, sparrow hawks and tawny/little owls as well as a wealth of smaller birds. A very exciting recent arrival was that of a Barn Owl (the first to be seen at Birtley for over 50 years) that adopted one of our owl boxes.
The team at Birtley Estate are now developing the estate business by exploring partnership working with local organisations and sharing the grounds with the community.