Meet The Producer - Hole Park Estate, Rolvenden
Written by: Amanda McCabe
Hole Park is situated in the heart of the Weald of Kent just a short drive from Tenterden, between the pretty villages of Benenden and Rolvenden.
For more than 100 years, four generations of the Barham family have been nurturing the land here. Their extensive history and experience of growing Christmas Trees goes back over 60 years. What originally started out as a by-product of estate forestry, over the years has expanded into a site that is now recognised as a specialist grower and member of the British Christmas Tree Growers Association (BCTGA).
Species grown here include the more commonly known Nordman Fir and Norway Spruce as well as the not so common Blue Spruce. There are also minority species grown in smaller quantities on the estate, including the Serbian or Meyers Spruce and the Douglas or Caucasian Fir – all beautiful in their own right.
Hole Park's ethos surrounds quality and sustainability, the trees are the result of many years of careful management and investment. Saplings are planted when they are very young and take many years to become established. When they are ready for harvest, they are cut, and then replenished - the cycle starts again. The benefits of the harvest cycle creates a stable, diverse habitat for wildlife to flourish; particularly birds.