farmland

Farmland

The Estate comprises the parkland surrounding the Hall, together with arable land and grazing land. Visitors to the Hall and Gardens can see at first hand some of the fine old trees in the parkland.

More than half of the Estate is in the Higher Level Stewardship scheme, a government-backed initiative designed to support environmentally beneficial farming practices. Since 2010 more than a mile of hedgerows has been planted, together with two new broadleaf woodlands containing 3,000 saplings. New ponds and wildflower meadows have been established, as well as grass margins around many of the fields.

There are several public rights of way across the Estate. In addition, as part of the HLS scheme, there is permissive access over West Hill Meadow, a traditional grass meadow adjoining the Brampton Valley Way.

The Estate works closely with Moulton College, offering the students work experience in areas such as tree planting and hedge planting. Each year groups of students use the gardens and the Estate as an educational resource. Students from the University of Northampton use the gardens to carry out research on pollinating insects. On the farm crop trials are run in association with local land agents Berrys and the seed producer Frontier, again involving students from Moulton College.