Land Use Review II: Co-creation portal

We don’t feel this this is a project we should create alone. Instead we want to use this space, and others, to open up the whole of the Land Use Review II development process to you.

Below, we’ve set out our areas of thinking – grouped around the different themes of our land use. They are incomplete drafts – and we invite you to comment, make suggestions on what should be included, disagree with us, and share projects and ideas which inspire you.

Ultimately we have no idea what the end result of this process may be – we’re simply showcasing the framework that will allow us to work towards the future, and inviting you to work alongside us to fill in the blanks. We hope that the projects we undertake prove of use and value to our estate – whilst allowing a much wider audience to learn from both our successes and our (inevitable) failures.

In addition to this process, some feedback was gathered at our recent Open House event – you can read it here.

How does this work?

Simply select a topic that interests you, read our thinking so far, and leave your feedback in the comments section.  You can return to this page and comment on as many sections as you like.

Co-creation portal

1. Soil

Our responsibility as a land owner is to ensure that our soils are not only maintained, but built up and soil health enhanced so that they may continue to support life for generations to come. This philosophy will underpin every use that we put our land to.

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2. Water

We commit to building a resilient estate water infrastructure which provides excellent quality drinking water; which is energy efficient to operate; provides wildlife habitat; mitigates future flood and drought risks resulting from climate change, both on the estate and downstream of the estate; protects water from pollution; and recognises the role water plays in the

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3. Conservation

As identified in the 2016 State of Nature Report, the UK has seen a decline in biodiversity generally of 56% since 1970. The estate’s aspiration is to counter that trend.

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4. Forestry

We will increase forest cover on the estate with an emphasis on agroforestry to deliver tree fodder, biomass, timber and diverse food crops.

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5. Heritage

We commit to celebrating and preserving the estate’s heritage whilst recognising that change and adaptation may be required for future resilience.

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6. Access

We commit to finding ways to provide fair access for everyone to the wild places and green spaces whilst maintaining the estate as a working environment and protecting wildlife.

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7. Food

We will promote food sovereignty of the estate and region, support the sustainability of local farm enterprises through our own procurement and look to provide a healthy diet for all.

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8. Farm and food businesses

We aim to create an enabling environment which attracts creative and innovative people with experience, skills and resource to establish a variety of farm and food enterprises which test and generate new ideas and replicable solutions for real world challenges in line with an overarching agroecological approach.

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9. Learning

We commit to creating a place where living and learning can flourish together, and engage with other farmers through visits, participation in farming networks and peer-to-peer knowledge exchange.

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10. Arts

We commit to look to the arts to spark new ideas and possibilities – imagination, beauty, technical skill, emotional power, practical considerations of use are essential.

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11. People

We’ll work towards generating a place for people to love farming, love food, learn, create, work together and be happy. Nurturing and developing the human role to help our planet sustain us all.

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