There are 34 active mineral lettings on our rural estate
These lettings involve the extraction of a range of minerals, including sand, gravel, limestone, granite, brick clay, coal, slate, dimension stone (including Portland Stone), waste disposal and the associated renewable electricity generation.
We also own inland mineral rights covering some 115,000 hectares (285,000 acres), although most of this is not worked for minerals. In addition to this, The Crown Estate owns virtually all the in situ naturally occurring gold and silver in the UK. For historic reasons these deposits are called the 'Mines Royal' and you can find out more about them on the Gold panning and Commercial development of Mines Royal pages within this section.
We are not involved in the physical process of mining, but we grant leases for such activity. In recent years we have invested in new operations with the purchase of mineral interests at Cauldon Low in Staffordshire and Nether Murthat in Scotland.