Author Archives: Debbie Garritty

5-Year Woodland Creation Plan for Needwood

The Duchy of Lancaster is to plant 25 acres of new woodland on the historic Needwood Estate in Staffordshire as part of its strategic objective on woodland creation. The Duchy’s Needwood Estate extends to 7,300 acres and historically included a large area of ancient woodland which was home to extensive stocks of wolf, wild boar […]

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Developing in Partnership with Bloor Homes

The Duchy of Lancaster in partnership with Bloor Homes is to bring much-needed new homes to Wollaston in Northamptonshire. The Duchy has made 6.3 hectares of development land at Hookhams Path available for housing and Bloor Homes has secured planning approval for the construction of 98 new homes on the site. The new development will […]

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Carol Hawkey Takes Over As Head of Rural

The Duchy of Lancaster is delighted to announce that Carol Hawkey has been appointed as Head of Rural from 1st November 2020. Carol, who joined the Duchy in a new role as Head of Rural Investment in June, was previously Head of Rural Asset Management at The Church Commissioners for England where she was responsible […]

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Natural Dams Aid Flood Prevention

The Duchy of Lancaster has recently completed a project in partnership with the Environment Agency to guard against potential flooding in woodland areas this winter. The initial trial focuses on catchment flooding at Marchington Woods, part of the ancient Royal Needwood Forest, on the Duchy’s Staffordshire Survey. The project has involved the felling of selected […]

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Major New Research Project Into The Great Cowcher

The Duchy of Lancaster is supporting a major new research project into the origin and meaning of the Great Cowcher – the equivalent of the Domesday Book for the Duchy’s medieval estates. Working with academics, archivists and heritage professionals from The National Archives, Lancaster University and Lincoln University, the aim is to create an interactive, […]

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