Growing the Rural Team

Growing the Rural Team

Rural surveyor Lydia Richards MRICS joins the Duchy of Lancaster team this month, helping us to further develop our engagement with tenants across the rural estates. Lydia has spent the last four years working as an Assistant Land Agent on the Packington Estate in Worcestershire. She originally graduated from the University of Leeds with a […]

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Sustainable Future For Whitehall Bank Farm

A former dairy holding on the Duchy’s Needwood Estate in Staffordshire has been intelligently re-purposed and refurbished, creating a sustainable long-term future for the farmhouse, buildings and adjoining 160 acres of grazing land. Whitehall Bank Farm was home to the Bailey family for almost 20 years until the tenants decided to retire from farming in […]

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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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Direct Drilling Key To Soil Health

Following extensive research into various methods of responsible soil management and crop cultivation the Duchy is encouraging tenants to consider direct drilling instead of traditional ploughing. Direct drilling is a system of seed placement where soil is left undisturbed with crop residues on the surface from harvest until sowing. Seeds are delivered into a narrow […]

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Respecting The Land

A cross-section of farming tenants from our Staffordshire Survey attended the Duchy’s second dedicated soil management workshop at the Allerton Project in Loddington earlier this month. Responsible soil management is one of the key initiatives announced by the Duchy last year as a means of delivering its commitment to environmental sustainability. All those present were […]

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