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Thousands of trees and shrubs to be planted in major project to increase biodiversity

Thousands of native British trees and shrubs are to be planted in a major initiative to create a vibrant, biodiverse habitat to help native species thrive.

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Inspiring foresters of the future

Over 130 children from four schools in Andover have been getting hands-on experience of forestry management thanks to a partnership between Andover Trees United and Englefield Estate.

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Rare butterflies thrive in Englefield Estate’s sunny woodland havens

Rare butterflies have enjoyed a bumper summer basking at some of the Englefield Estate’s sunny enclaves following habitat improvement work.

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Reading in Bloom award marks hospital garden’s one-year anniversary

A hospital garden, created for patients, families and staff in memory of Sir William Benyon, has won a top horticultural award a year after opening.

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Englefield gardeners join health and wellbeing network

Englefield’s community gardeners have joined a new initiative championing the role gardening and horticulture plays in our health and wellbeing.

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Standby Volunteer Group receive valuable funding from the Englefield Charitable Trust

A group of dedicated volunteers in Theale have received funding from the Englefield Charitable Trust to continue providing transport for people who either cannot drive or struggle to use public transport.

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GreenFest launches to inspire an eco-friendly West Berkshire

A festival has been launched to inspire eco-friendly living throughout West Berkshire. Organised by the local community for the local community, GreenFest will take place on Saturday, September 7th, between 10am and 4pm, across six venues in Hampstead Norreys.

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Englefield Estate Update - Summer 2019

Welcome to our summer Estate Update with news and features from the Englefield Estate and the Benyon Estate.

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Summer fruit looking peachy in the Englefield House kitchen garden

Peaches and nectarines have been cultivated in Englefield's kitchen garden for a quarter-of-a-century. Head Gardener Sue Broughton explains how to grow them in Britain.

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Estate gamekeeper comes to the rescue of stricken owlets

Englefield Estate’s head game keeper has proved that game keeping is as much about conservation as it is about wildlife population management – through the rescue of a trio of tawny owlets.

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Blooming lovely wildflower meadow buzzes with life

The gardens at Englefield House come alive during the summer months, but one corner in particular is blooming and buzzing with life.

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50th anniversary celebrations at Englefield House

Englefield House was pleased to host the 50th anniversary celebrations for Laithwaites Wine this July.

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Pang Valley Flood Forum works with the Englefield Estate on a pioneering Project to reduce flood risk

The Englefield Estate is working in partnership with the Pang Valley Flood Forum (PVFF) on a pilot project which aims to assess the benefits of using more natural methods to try to reduce flood risk.

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Great British Food Festival brings foodie fun to Englefield House

The Englefield Estate hosted the Great British Food Festival for the first time this summer. Over two sunny days in June, more than 4,200 people were welcomed to the grounds for a packed weekend of foodie fun.

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The Englefield Charitable Trust is proud to support the De Beauvoir Association’s Party in the Park

The Englefield Charitable Trust is once again supporting this year’s Party in the Park on Saturday 6th July at De Beauvoir Square from 2-5pm.

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Youngsters learn forestry management first-hand at Englefield

The Englefield Estate is committed to helping children understand the importance of caring for our countryside and passing on our knowledge to the foresters, farmers and land managers of the future. Over recent weeks, we have welcomed a number of groups to the Estate to give them the chance to learn first-hand who we are and what we do.

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Englefield Estate transformed into outdoor classroom for thousands of Berkshire school children

Englefield Estate once again opened its gates to 3000 primary school children from 51 schools in Berkshire for the annual Countryside Days for Schools.

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Entries invited for Englefield Village Fete and Flower Show

Entries are now being taken for this year’s Englefield Village Fete and Flower Show, taking place at 2pm on Saturday, July 13th at the Englefield Primary School playing field.

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The Englefield Charitable Trust supports the Corn Exchange arts programme in Newbury

The Englefield Charitable Trust is proud to support the Corn Exchange in Newbury, which hosts theatre and art shows for the community; presenting and producing international artists in theatre, dance, music, film, comedy and visual arts to audiences across the South East.

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Your guide to Englefield Gardens

We are pleased to announce that our new gardens leaflet is now available, packed with everything you need to inform and guide your visit.

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Englefield Estate Update - Spring 2019

Welcome to our spring Estate Update with news and features from the Englefield Estate and the Benyon Estate.

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The project giving River Kennet's fish a fighting chance

The population of roach fish in the River Kennet has been in decline for many years, prompting the establishment of a breeding project to help protect the species from disappearing from its West Berkshire habitat altogether.

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Third generation farmers turn their hand to rearing goats

With goat meat tipped as a future food trend, third generation farmers James and Lucy Hewison are diversifying into rearing their very first herd of Boer goats at their tenant farm on the Englefield Estate in Berkshire.

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Five A Day Market Garden celebrates ten year anniversary

Englefield’s Five A Day Market Garden is celebrating its tenth anniversary this year – and an ever-blossoming impact in the West Berkshire community.

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Family fun at Amners Farm lambing days

Thousands of visitors are expected to turn out for this year’s lambing days at Amners Farm on the Englefield Estate.

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Young people given a chance to shine at The Big House with support from the Englefield Charitable Trust

Young people with a passion for drama have been given a chance to take centre stage with valuable funding from the Englefield Charitable Trust (ECT), which will support students undertaking a 12-week drama programme with The Big House.

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Gravity Industries picks Lagoona Park lake to train new generation of Jet Suit pilots

The human most akin to Marvel superhero Iron Man is using Lagoona Park near Reading to take his pioneering aeronautical engineering feat – a Jet Suit – to the next level.

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Great British Food Festival comes to Englefield House

We are pleased to announce that the renowned Great British Food Festival will be at Englefield House on Saturday, June 29th and Sunday, June 30th 2019.

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Grand opening of Cobbs at Englefield

The new farm shop ‘Cobbs at Englefield’ has officially opened in one of our former barns on the A340 near Theale. What was once a derelict cow-shed has been transformed into a beautiful farm shop full of delicious local produce.

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Raising Aspirations

Ufton is a thriving and innovative children’s charity based in a Tudor manor house and log cabins in the woodland at Ufton Nervet. We work in two main areas of education: Ufton History and Ufton Adventure, with children visiting for both day and residential visits.

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Venus of the woods

European ash (Fraxinus excelsior) is the third most common native tree in the UK, it is an important woodland and hedgerow species for both wildlife and timber production. Its leaf and canopy structure means that it naturally lets more light through to the woodland floor than other species such as beech, allowing other shrubs and ground flora to grow under its canopies, providing a more diverse woodland habitat.

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No job too small

The Estate Yard team is the first point of contact for maintenance enquiries from almost 350 households, 26 farms and numerous commercial premises across the Estate’s 14,000 acres.

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Winter flowers bloom across Englefield Estate

Despite the cold spells over the past few weeks, hardy winter flowers are peeping through in the Englefield House gardens providing a gentle burst of colour. Head Gardener, Sue Broughton, provides some inspiration for what you could plant in your garden to add some winter and spring colour.

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Cobbs at Englefield launching soon

Cobbs at Englefield, a series of converted cow-sheds, have now formed an incredible space featuring a farm shop, delicatessen, traditional butchery counter, florist and café. Cobbs at Englefield will showcase all the very best in food from our wonderful and plentiful local producers.

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Spreading festive cheer from Englefield’s woodlands

The Englefield Estate has been spreading some Christmas cheer this month by providing trees to local schools and churches.

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Cyclists raise £8,000 for Viking teaching space

Cyclists have raised more than £8,000 to help fund an inspiring Viking Longhouse style teaching space for young people.

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Dozens enjoy charity murder mystery at Englefield House

Leg warmers, shoulder pads and a splash of neon made up the attire of the audience who helped raise £2,040 for charity at an 80s themed murder mystery event at Englefield House.

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From our fields to your plate

We’re busy at Englefield Home Farms preparing the ground for winter wheat destined to make bread for one of Britain’s best-known family of bakers.

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Estate gardens treating us to a riot of autumn colours

A stroll around the beautifully-kept gardens at Englefield House shows that the “season of mists and mellow fruitfulness” is well and truly upon us.

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Soapbox challenge raises over £6,000 for charity

12 amateur drivers raced their homemade soapbox machines through Englefield Park on Saturday, September 8th 2018, to raise money for the Royal Berks Charity.

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Englefield Charitable Trust supports tranquil oasis at the Royal Berkshire Hospital

A beautiful and peaceful new garden in memory of Sir William Benyon has officially opened at the Royal Berkshire Hospital for patients, visitors and staff to enjoy.

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Theale Parish Council agrees proposals for land for new primary school

The Englefield Estate has for generations helped to provide the community with high-quality educational and recreational facilities.

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Teams unite at Englefield Estate for Bupa Challenge 2018

The Englefield Estate opened its grounds in 2018 to Bupa for their annual Bupa Challenge event, which saw teams of Bupa people, clients and business partners of the company take part in a team building event across the Estate.

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Major investment into redevelopment of farm shop ‘Cobbs at Englefield’

A joint retail venture between the Englefield Estate and Cobbs Farm Co. has seen a major investment into the redevelopment and expansion of farm shop ‘Cobbs at Englefield’.

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Berkshire Scouts brave the bog to forge path through Englefield Estate woodland

Scouts from Burghfield have lived up to their reputation as stalwarts of the community, while proving that a little mud doesn’t do anyone any harm, by helping to transform an impassable swamp in the Englefield Estate woodland into a path.

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Berkshire student awarded first ever Englefield Award

Students from Berkshire College of Agriculture (BCA) celebrated their achievements at their graduation ceremony last week, with a number of students receiving special awards. Amongst the accolades was the inaugural Englefield Estate Award – sponsored by the Englefield Estate – awarded to a student who had shown a special dedication and commitment throughout the year.

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Englefield Estate Head Gardener Sue Broughton judges Best Kept Village Garden

I was very pleased to be invited to take part as a judge for Englefield’s annual Best Kept Village Garden competition, which is part of the annual Englefield Flower Show, having viewed the event last year.

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Village prepares for Englefield Flower Show and Five A Day Market Garden Open Day

The Englefield Flower Show and School Fete is taking place at 2.30pm on Saturday, July 14th at the Englefield Primary School playing field, while a family open day is being held at the village’s Five A Day Market Garden between 1.30pm and 4.30pm.

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Hospital garden created in memory of Sir William Benyon

Englefield Estate gardeners have been putting the finishing touches to a courtyard garden at the Royal Berkshire Hospital which has been transformed into a colourful haven for patients, their families and staff.

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Englefield Estate becomes a countryside classroom for hundreds of schoolchildren

Hundreds of schoolchildren from primary schools across Berkshire were given the opportunity to learn first-hand about their surrounding natural environment at Countryside Days for Schools held at the Englefield Estate.

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Our values

As a long established family-owned business, our history shapes the way in which we manage the Estate today. Our Values are our guiding principles and have always been at the heart of how the Englefield Estate operates.

Englefield Charitable Trust

For almost 50 years the Englefield Charitable Trust has supported a range of charities and good causes which include education, the arts, social welfare, health, conservation and the armed forces.

Englefield Village

Englefield Village sits at the heart of the wider Englefield Estate. It is a vibrant community incorporating a range of housing, businesses and community organisations.