Caring for the land
Estate Conservation Plan
The Foundation has a view to preserve and maintain its historic structures, particularly around Grade I Ledston Hall and it’s Grade II listed historic parkland. There is a management scheme in place to maintain the buildings in a structurally sound and weatherproof condition.
The Foundation has planning consent to convert the Hall into residential properties with some rooms for community use. It is hoped that the funding for this project will be in place by 2020.
The vast majority of agricultural land across both Estates is let to tenant farmers.
The Wheler Foundation has a close relationship with these farmers who manage the land with the environment in mind whilst still maintaining a viable farming business.
There are a number of environmental stewardship agreements on the Estates including Entry and Higher Level Stewardship Agreements.
These agreements involve various management options including buffer strips around arable land and hedgerow cutting schedules, the majority of the options promote and maintain wildlife habitat. This management is made possible by the involvement of the farmers who manage the land in the specific manner required by the Stewardship Agreements.
The Higher Level Stewardship Agreement on the Ledston Estate is a 10 year plan to improve wildlife diversity and habitat through specific management and improvement to the parkland, parkland trees and historic boundaries.
A forestry management plan is in place across the Estate woodland – this is managed in-house and involves planting and thinning schemes amongst other initiatives.
As an on going project, roadside trees and those around public access areas are surveyed and continually monitored with associated works being carried out.
There is an area of wetland to the southern end of Ledston Estate which borders Fairburn Ings an RSPB nature reserve and is home to a large variety of bird species.