About The Estate > Farming

The estate was once stocked with up to 1400 sheep, but now the numbers are well reduced. Up to 1999 the estates grazing was rented out to a local farmer. Since that time the area he has been renting has been reduced and the owners purchased their own small flock of 75 in 2000. The owners decided to enter into the Rural Environmental Protection Scheme (REP's), that monetarily compensates farmers to encourage them to discontinue environmentally harmful practices while supporting practices that are environmentally friendly. This has provided the estate with the resources to improve fencing, but more importantly to eradicate Rhododendron ponticum from areas outside of the woodlands.