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The Estate

Farming

Farming on the Estate continues to make an important contribution to the rural economy, our landscape and the environment, while supporting many livelihoods and local communities. More than 70% of the Estate comprises farmland, much of this has been occupied by the same families for many generations.

 

Englefield Home Farms

Englefield Home Farms is our in-hand 2,000 acre mixed livestock and arable farm which manages the land around Englefield village.

Through a joint venture with skilled arable contractors HBH (Farming) Ltd, we specialise in producing combinable arable crops such as wheat, barley and oats. These grains are predominately used for making bread, biscuits and animal feed. We also grow oilseed rape which is used for cooking and biodiesel production. In addition to the core task of food production, we are committed to managing a landscape that is rich in wildlife. Our Home Farms have been entered into a Higher Level Countryside Stewardship scheme for some years as part of our award winning ground bird nesting project.

Let Farms

The Estate relies on experienced farm tenants to manage the majority of the Estate’s farmland across 23 let farms. These farms are mixed livestock and arable farms but, increasingly, our tenants are choosing to diversify by bringing additional income to the farm from a range of enterprises including B&B, horse livery and commercial storage.

Tenant farmers are also innovating using precision technology to ensure targeted use of inputs and also working together to make their businesses more efficient. In the case of Foudry Farming, this involves a joint venture between three farming families on the Estate to pool labour and machinery across a larger acreage and to provide services to other farmers.

As part of our commitment to a viable farming community, the Estate encourages enterprises such as these where they do not compromise the core agricultural business. Some examples of successful diversification by tenant farmers can be seen here:
 

Environment & Field Sports

At Englefield, we take a long-term view and strive to combine successful business with good stewardship of the Estate’s landscape and wildlife habitats.

Commercial Property

Our commercial properties provide work space for local businesses and include storage units, offices, yards and workshops in mainly rural locations.

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