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Rural

  • 5,000 home development for Thetford approved

    Our proposals for 5,000 new homes and thousands of jobs for Thetford has been approved by Breckland District Council's Planning Committee.

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  • Legal panel appointed for Rural and Coastal portfolio and Windsor estate

    Legal panel appointed for Rural and Coastal portfolio and Windsor estate

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  • Northumberland rural estate purchased

    Northumberland rural estate purchased

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  • Woodland activity centre granted planning permission

    Woodland activity centre granted planning permission

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River Spey on the Fochabers estate

Sustainability

Whether it is through building design or investing in renewable energy, we work to secure a sustainable future for our estate.

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Useful documents

What we do

We are one of the country's largest rural landowners, holding around 144,000 hectares (356,000 acres) of agricultural land and forests, together with minerals and residential and commercial property. We aim to enhance the value of our rural estate through active management, stewardship, and community participation. 

At a glance
  • £1.23 billionin 2012/13 the value of the portfolio increased by 3.5 per cent
  • 13.9 per centtotal return for the portfolio in 2012/13, outperforming the IPD Rural Land Index
  • 12.1 per centunderlying capital growth after transactions
  • 140,000 hectares(345,000 acres) the approximate area of our rural portfolio
  • £16.7 millionvalue of onshore minerals in 2012/13
  • £25.3 millionvalue of forestry in 2012/13
  • More about what we do

    Our businesses

    We are one of the country's largest rural landowners, holding around 144,000 hectares (356,000 acres) of agricultural land and forests, together with minerals and residential and commercial property. We aim to enhance the value of our rural estate through active management, stewardship, and community participation.

    1. Agriculture

      Our agricultural interests include both livestock and arable farming across the UK.

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    2. Development

      Enhancing the value of our estate through active asset management, first class design and sustainability

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    3. Forestry

      Our active woodland management strategy is designed to deliver a wide range of stewardship objectives.

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    4. Minerals

      From sand and gravel to gold and silver, we licence mineral extraction and mining.

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    5. New business

      We provide financial and practical support to our tenants, underpinned by a clear business rationale.

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    6. Rural residential

      Our portfolio includes listed buildings and brand new modern homes, from one-bed terraces to large detached family houses.

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    7. Tourism

      We work in partnership to encourage growth in the visitor economy across the UK from the Highlands of Scotland to Exmoor in Somerset.

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