Farming

The farmland soils across the Estate at Weston range from light sand to heavy clay. An irrigation network linked to four reservoirs on the in-hand farm enables the lighter soils to be used to produce lettuce, potatoes for crisping, carrots, wheat for bread flour as well as the more common crops such as oilseed rape and barley for animal feed.

Elsewhere on the Estate, tenants produce a range of agricultural products, for example milk, beef, sheep and turkeys on the livestock farms and cereals, strawberries and organic products on the arable holdings.

Many of the farms have Environmental ‘Higher Level Stewardship’ Schemes and the Estate has a programme of environmental improvement, for example the planting of a 3 acre hardwood spinney at Tong in 2012 to honour the Diamond Jubilee.

Wheat harvest
Wheat harvest
Root crop planting
Root crop planting
Manure spreading
Manure spreading
Young beef cattle at pasture
Young beef cattle at pasture