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Farming & forestry



Traditional grazing of heathlands with Hebridean sheep is a vital part of the conservation work that keeps this endangered habitat and its wildlife in good condition. Hebridean sheep are an ancient and hardy breed, similar to sheep that will have grazed across our heathlands since the Bronze Age.

Heathland Hebridean Hogget, from the flocks that graze Skipwith Common National Nature Reserve, is available in half or whole boxes from Mounfields Butchers in Bubwith near Skipwith. Hebridean meat has a lower cholesterol content than meat from commercial breeds of sheep.  To order, please contact


Alongside a number of let farms, we manage an in-hand farm covering 2,500 acres.

There are a wide variety of soils across the estate, with the heavier soils along the Escrick moraine being particularly suited to a range of combinable crops such as winter wheat and oilseed rape.  In the South of the Estate however there are large areas which fall into the free draining Skipwith Sands and are noteworthy for their root crop carrying capacity.  We work in conjunction two primary contractors, Hobson Farming whose speciality lies in growing carrots and a wide range of combinable crops, and G Headley & Sons who are renowned for their ability to produce high quality beetroot, turnips and potatoes.

Whilst we aim to achieve high yields from our arable land it does not come at the expense of the environment.  The home farm falls under an extensive Countryside Stewardship scheme, applications of artificial fertiliser are reduced by the use of manure and other organic material which also helps build the organic matter in the soils. Furthermore, we are currently developing a detailed water management plan to further reduce erosion and improve the efficiency of our water usage whilst simultaneously working to reduce tillage and increase cover crop area.

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Forestry Escrick Park Estate


Many of the estate’s woodlands were clear-felled to support the war effort, primarily providing timber for trenching.  Following considerable replanting programmes in the shadow of the Second World War with monocultural conifers, many woodland compartments are now reaching maturity.  We are currently working to generate resilience in our woodlands by improving the species composition, age distribution and woodland structure through good silvicultural practices.

To ensure the future health of our woodlands, we look after our woods through techniques that promote landscape, diversity and growth. We aim to avoid monoculture and take pride that our woods are moving to a place where they will be made up of all shapes, sizes and species.