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Estates

Dunster

Use: Agricultural / Managed forestry

Purchased in 1950, with later additions. Large forestry estate of approximately 1,430 hectares - some 400 ha let to the Forestry Commission.

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05 February 2014 - Dunster woodland activity centre gets go ahead

A proposed woodland activity centre near Nutcombe Bottom, close to our Dunster estate, has been granted planning permission by the Exmoor National Park Authority after an extensive period of consultation.

Further information

Woodland activity centre granted planning permission

12 December 2013 - Early Christmas present for West Somerset Community College

We have presented West Somerset Community College students and staff with a Christmas tree for the school's lobby.

The tree, from one of our oldest Dunster Christmas tree plantations, was presented to say thank you for the efforts and dedication of students who helped our forestry team as part of their Christmas tree management course. The course teaches aspiring foresters every aspect of tree management from planting through to eventual sale.

30 April 2013 - Walk it off, walk in Dunster

As part of the Exmoor Walking Festival there is a 'walk it off walk' across the Dunster estate on 3 May.

Sample some of the finest local produce with a hearty Dunster breakfast and then walk it off with Countryside Manager, Andy Player, returning to the B&B for well-earned refreshments.

Cost (including Walk, breakfast and cream tea/refreshments) £13 per person. Booking is essential.

Further information

Dunster estate office 01643 821 309

Email info@dunsterestate.co.uk

Exmoor Walking Festival

29 March 2013 - Heath Fritillary given helping hand

The scrub on one of the country's last refuges for the Heath Fritillary butterfly, Hopcott Common, was subjected to controlled burning ('swaling', as it is known locally) to aid the growth of food for the rare butterfly.

The Heath Fritillary is doing well on Hopcott, but the scrub constantly threatens the desired vegetation, such as heather and bilberry.

This is part of the Exmoor National Park moorkeeper project in which we are involved with other landowners.

 

Glenlivet

Use: Agricultural / Managed forestry / Visitor centre

Purchased in 1937. Includes considerable areas of hill and moorland, plus forests purchased in 1985. The Visitors' Centre in Tomintoul has information on wildlife, walks, cycle trails and accommodation.

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15 January 2014 - Work commences on Lecht road junction project

A project to redevelop the Lecht road junction at Tomintoul on the Glenlivet estate has just begun.

The Gateway project is a partnership between the Cairngorms National Park, Tomintoul & Glenlivet Development Trust and The Crown Estate. The project aims to provide an attractive welcome to the village and encourage passing motorists into Tomintoul.

Further information

Tomintoul 'gateway' improvements begin

01 November 2013 - New Glenlivet mountain biking trails open

New mountain bike trails and a visitor centre set in the stunning Cairngorms National Park will open Saturday 2 November.

The two mountain bike trails - a blue graded nine kilometre trail and a red graded 22 km loop - cover a combination of existing forest tracks and a newly built single track, and are expected to draw in a wide range of users, including visiting families, local residents and mountain bike enthusiasts.

Further information

New mountain biking trails open at Glenlivet

19 September 2013 - Spot deer species at Glenlivet estate

People are being given the opportunity to take part in the Glenlivet estate's Deer Week. The event runs from Saturday 21 to Thursday 26 September 2013, and offers the chance to see some of the Glenlivet estate's native species, particularly red deer. There is also the chance to learn about and see other types of deer, including the famous Cairngorm reindeer and fallow deer.

Further information

Spot deer species at Glenlivet estate

Details for all the activities, run in partnership with Glenlivet Wildlife and Wild Farm Walks, can be found at:

Glenlivet estate

30 July 2013 - Families hunt mini-beasts to celebrate Year of Natural Scotland

Families and Glenlivet rangers were out celebrating Year of Natural Scotland and National Parks Week today with a family mini-beast hunt.

Over a dozen children & their families joined The Crown Estate rangers on our Glenlivet estate to go in the woods and grassland around the Glenlivet information centre.

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Glenlivet estate

09 July 2013 - Glenlivet estate joins Cairngorms Electric Bicycle Network

Cycle paths at Glenlivet are now even more accessible with the provision of electric bikes from a number of hiring points as part of the Cairngorms Electric Bicycle Network.

The routes range in length from 5 km to 23 km and all include different point of historical and scenic interest. The bicycles are equipped with a battery that provides up to 32 kilometres (20 miles) of assisted cycling. 

Further information

It's full charge ahead for cyclists at Glenlivet

 

Taunton

Use: Agricultural / Managed forestry

Purchased in 1944 and 1952. Large forestry estate of almost 800 hectares, let to the Forestry Commission. A further 117 ha directly managed.

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25 October 2012 - New section for Taunton bridleway

Partly-funded by The Crown Estate, an extension to Herepath between Staple Park Farm and Staple Lawns has been opened for use by the public.

The creation of the Herepath was part of the Neroche Project and has led to a significant increase in the use of the footpaths and bridleways in the area, including horse liveries and B&B providers.

Further information

Neroche scheme - Herepath

02 December 2011 - Taunton Deane approves plans for new neighbourhood

Taunton Deane Borough Council has approved Crown Estate plans to create a new residential neighbourhood for Taunton. The Nerrols scheme will provide new 580 homes, community facilities, land for a country park, a site for a new primary school and new local shops. As part of the plans we will be planting up to 15,000 new trees in and around the site.

Further information

Nerrols website

 

Whitehill

Use: Agricultural / Managed forestry / Minerals (coal)

Purchased from 1969 onwards. Covers approximately 1,400 hectares (3,500 acres).

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05 December 2011 - Whitehill estate volunteers

Staff from our Edinburgh office undertook tasks on our Whitehill estate, including litter pick-up around the Rosewell community recreation grounds, and clearance of rhododendron from nearby Crown Estate woodland. Discussions with Rosewell Community Council had highlighted the litter issues in and around the community - so the assistance was well received by the local community.

Further information

Whitehill estate

 

Wingland

Use: Agricultural

Greater part reclaimed from The Wash, mainly in the last 100 years, with the last reclamations in 1972. Part was purchased in 1996 and 1998.

Wingland Grange wildlife corridor

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15 July 2011 - Rural business award winners 2011

The winners of the 2011 Rural Business Award are Julian and Stafford Procter, tenants on our Wingland estate, Lincolnshire.

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Email: Enquiries

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Winners of 2011 Business Awards announced