Duchy Appoints Carol Hawkey As Head of Rural Investment

Duchy Appoints Carol Hawkey As Head of Rural Investment

The Duchy of Lancaster has appointed a new Head of Rural Investment to support the management and growth of its rural estates across England and Wales. Carol Hawkey joins the team after over 7 years as Head of Rural Asset Management at The Church Commissioners for England. As Team Head in the Investment Division there, […]

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Plastics Recycling Centre Opens In Lancashire

As part of its commitment to environmental sustainability the Duchy of Lancaster is keen to discourage single-use plastics on its farms and to promote recycling wherever possible across its estates. Last year we carried out an audit of our farming tenants to see what measures they had introduced to reduce the use of plastics on […]

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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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Bio-Diversity Audit Complete

Following the bio-diversity audit carried out in partnership with Natural England across the Rural Surveys between 2016 and 2018 all habitats have now been successfully identified, mapped and quantified. The resultant data allows for strategic oversight of each of the Rural Surveys as well as details of the characteristics of each estate including detailed evidence […]

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Respecting The Land

A cross-section of farming tenants from our Staffordshire Survey attended the Duchy‚Äôs 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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