How we use our land

For almost a century the land and estate at Dartington have been used for research and exploration of new agricultural processes.

Today a regenerative approach is at the heart of everything we do.  It supports healthy soils, creates rich wildlife habitat and nurtures the growing community of students, visitors and small enterprises who have come here because they wish to have a deeper connection with the land.

We have a number of tenants who run enterprises using the land to produce food, fungi or flowers or for therapeutic benefit.  They also offer real world learning opportunities for students at Schumacher College and Dartington School of Arts.  

We have also expanded our outdoor classrooms and research areas and set aside 17 acres through our New Entrant Farming Enterprise Programme to help the next generation of producers who might otherwise find it difficult to access land.

Conservation at Dartington

From dormice to hedgerows and everything in between, conservation work plays a major part in Dartington estate life.

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Powered by renewables

A significant proportion of Dartington’s energy is produced via renewables, in the form of our 950kw biomass boiler and 500kh(p) solar-PV array.

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