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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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James Bond’s iconic Aston Martin DB5 to go on show at Englefield Estate

This June, Englefield Estate will host the vehicle that helped to create one of the most memorable car chases in the entire Bond film franchise: with 007 (Pierce Brosnan) behind the wheel, the Aston Martin DB5 featured in the opening scene of 1995 film GoldenEye chasing villainess Xenia Onatopp in her Ferrari F355 around the balmy Monaco hills. Onatopp was subsequently seduced by the Bond – the art of seduction being the other thing synonymous with the spy.

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Michael Ball to join Il Divo as special guest on this summer's 'Castles And Country' tour

Multi-million selling global superstar Michael Ball will join Il Divo, the world’s most successful classical crossover act as special guest on six of the group’s forthcoming UK shows. The Il Divo ‘Castles & Country’ tour will visit breathtaking venues across the UK for a magical evening of exquisite live music.

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Forget-Me-Not-Walk raises over £22,000

More than 500 people joined the Sue Ryder Duchess of Kent hospice team at their Forget-Me-Not-Walk on Sunday 13 May. The event took place at Englefield Estate, Theale.

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‘Meet the Kings and Queens of Spades’…Englefield Estate gardener featured in Express newspaper

Englefield Estate gardener Ryan Colbourne was one of three gardeners to be included in the Express newspaper’s weekend feature on the rising trend of millennial gardeners.

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Madness announce 2018 summer tour 'Stately Madness'

Music fans will get the chance to go One Step Beyond this summer as Madness announce an exclusive four-date tour of UK stately homes and a castle, including Englefield House.

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History comes to life for Primary School pupils

The history of World War II has been brought to life for students of Yattendon Church of England Primary School with a visit to Englefield Estate’s Anderson Shelter.

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Englefield House stars as Sandringham in the return of award-winning series The Crown

Englefield House will star once again in the much anticipated second series of the lavish Netflix-original drama The Crown. The show, which chronicles the life of Queen Elizabeth II and has enjoyed critical acclaim across the globe, will launch on Netflix on the 8th December.

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Ufton Court nominated in national awards

Every year the Ufton Court Educational Trust, which is located within the Englefield Estate, supports thousands of children through inspirational outdoor learning activities. This month, the hard work of the charity’s managing director Fiona Craig, has been recognised in a national awards scheme.

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Il Divo return to UK in summer 2018 for 'Castles and Country Tour'

Il Divo, the world's first and most successful classical crossover group, will tour the UK in summer 2018 with a spectacular ‘Castles & Country Tour’, visiting beautiful stately homes and castles across Britain.

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Rural Surveyor becomes fully-fledged member of RICS

After a rigorous two-year certification process, the Estate’s rural surveyor Andrew Rowland has proved he’s an expert in his field, becoming a fully-fledged member of the prestigious Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS).

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Life’s an adventure playground!

It’s great to see these youngsters enjoying their new adventure playground at Englefield Primary School.

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Englefield 10K run raises more than £4,500

Hundreds of runners have helped generate much-needed funds to support some of Reading’s most vulnerable residents.

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Englefield hosts gathering of Britain’s leading estates

At the end of June, the Englefield Estate was very proud to host 25 representatives from Britain’s leading estates for their annual summer conference.

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Estate insight for Reading University students

A dozen first year real estate and planning students from Reading University learned about the complexities of running a large estate on a recent field trip to 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.