Author Archives: Debbie Garritty

Duchy Brings Estate Management In-House

The Duchy of Lancaster has brought the management of all Rural Surveys in house with effect from 1st October 2018. As part of this change, the Duchy has restructured its rural estate management teams. Two Regional Surveyors of Lands will lead on the Rural Surveys working out of the Duchy’s London HQ and recently established […]

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New Special School To Be Built At Higham Ferrers

The Duchy of Lancaster has agreed to release 2.2 hectares of land for the building of a new free school at Rushden on its historic Higham Ferrers estate. Built by the Department for Education and to be run by Friars Academy Trust, this specially designed secondary school will offer places to 145 students with special […]

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Ripley’s Farm Let To Young Yorkshire Farming Family

Following a rigorous selection process, the Duchy of Lancaster has awarded the tenancy of Ripley’s Farm on the Cloughton Estate in Yorkshire to Adam and Claire Turnbull, formerly of Grange Farm in Sinnington. The Turnbull family will take over from Ian and Suzanne Burnett, Duchy tenants at Ripley’s Farm for three generations and whose care […]

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Lancaster Castle: the View from the Stronghold

The Duchy of Lancaster has entered into a partnership with Lancaster University’s History Department to deliver a free open learning course based on the history of the region as seen through the prism of Lancaster Castle. Available to online learners across the world, the Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) is the first of its kind […]

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Inspiring Others To Look To The Land

An inspirational farmer on the Duchy’s Whitewell Estate in Lancashire is taking the countryside into classrooms across the UK. John Alpe was first introduced to the ‘educational access’ initiative under the Countryside Stewardship Scheme in 2000. He now gives around a dozen talks to schools, colleges and groups across the UK each year as well […]

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