Windsor Great Park. There are two parks – the Home Park, which adjoins the Castle and is private, and the Great Park. The latter consists of 14,000 acres of land, including 8,000 acres of forest. The Great Park developed from Windsor Forest, which it is said, William the Conqueror reserved for hunting. Only much later were its parameters defined by the creation of deer parks. Because it has been well run for many centuries and because it permits little traffic, the Great Park has retained its magic. The Great Park is administered as part of the Crown Estate. Its Ranger is The Duke of Edinburgh, but the day-to-day work of the park is undertaken by the Deputy Ranger. In 1886 the 18th century artist, W. J. Loftie wrote: ‘Everything is sweet and soft, green and grey, full of broad sunshine and deep shadow, full of old age and echoes of long time, and full, also, of freshness and youth – young trees growing up to be to our children what the old ones have been to us.’
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