BASE-UK: A Knowledge-Sharing Network

BASE-UK: A Knowledge-Sharing Network

As part of the ongoing drive towards encouraging greater environmental responsibility across its rural estates, the Duchy of Lancaster has invited all farming tenants to join BASE-UK, a farmer-led knowledge exchange organisation for individuals interested in regenerative agriculture. Founded in 2012, BASE-UK is an association created to help those who are passionate about the sustainability, […]

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Sunflower Smiles in Cheshire

An enterprising farming family marked the 100th anniversary of their tenancy at Park Farm on the Crewe Estate in Cheshire last month by creating a sunflower and pollinator trail which they then opened to visitors. The spectacular one-kilometre trail included over 150,000 sunflowers and the family also provided spaces for ‘hay bale picnics’ and a […]

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Signing Up For Sustainable Farming

A farmer on the Needwood Estate in Staffordshire has become one of the first to be offered a place on the Government’s new Sustainable Farming Initiative Pilot Scheme.  Applications for acceptance are due by 30 September. Joe Hopley (31) has grown up at Daisy Bank Farm, a steading of almost 900 acres which his father […]

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Open Day At Wood End Farm

The Whitaker family at Wood End Farm on the Whitewell Estate in Lancashire hosted a highly successful Open Day last month under the LEAF (Linking Environment and Farming) banner. Some 500 people attended over the course of the day, viewing the displays at the farm and taking part in a series of tours, walks and […]

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Triple A For Duchy Rural Team

The Duchy of Lancaster continues to invest in the development of its Rural team with the appointment of 3 rural surveyors: Alex Morrison, Archie Rose and Alexandra Carr. Alex Morrison joins the team as Estates Director for Yorkshire and the Foreshore. Alex began his career as an engineer before retraining as a rural surveyor. He […]

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