Natural Beehives In Needwood

Natural Beehives In Needwood

Visitors to the natural beauty spot known as Jackson’s Bank in the Needwood Forest in Staffordshire may have noticed that six silver birch trees have been felled near the picnic area in recent months. This is because the trees had reached maturity and, as part of the Duchy’s ongoing woodland management plan, they have now […]

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900 Jubilee Trees Planted

As part of the Platinum Jubilee celebrations this year, the Duchy of Lancaster is to plant almost 900 trees across its estates in Cheshire, Lancashire, Northamptonshire, Staffordshire and Yorkshire in support of The Queen’s Green Canopy (QGC) initiative. 70 commemorative oak and pear trees have been planted across the key farm holdings and a new […]

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4-Star Equestrian Moves Into Woodhouse Farm

A successful and well-known equestrian mother and daughter team have taken over the tenancy of Woodhouse Farm on the Needwood Estate in Staffordshire. Lucy Robinson is an up and coming 4-star rider who won Badminton Grassroots aged 14 and who has represented Britain in the Under-21 Eventing Team.  Highlights last season include being placed 2nd […]

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From Coop To Classroom

A long-standing tenant of Brakenhurst Farm on the Needwood Estate in Staffordshire is bringing the coop to the classroom with a unique lending service called Hens For Hire.  Aimed at providing children and young people with hands-on experience of hen-keeping and incubator hatching, this award-winning service is available to schools and care homes as well […]

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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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