Rural Estates

Grosvenor Rural Estates is responsible for the long-term stewardship of three rural estates in the United Kingdom.

Working to protect, enhance, and restore sensitive environmental habitats within these unique locations and improving local property and places, our aim is to be a leading example of sustainability within the rural economy - contributing to the economic, social, and environmental wellbeing of the communities we are part of.

Our Estates

Eaton Estate

We manage and work to improve a range of agricultural, residential and commercial properties in rural Cheshire and parts of Chester city centre.  

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Abbeystead Estate

A sporting and conservation estate in the Forest of Bowland Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB)

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Reay Forest Estate

Safeguarding rare habitats in the North West Highlands of Scotland

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Grosvenor Farms

Grosvenor Farms produce high-quality, nutritious, milk and cereal grains, adopting sustainable practices that benefit animal welfare and enhance the environment.   

From our award-winning commercial farm within Grosvenor’s Eaton Estate in Cheshire, we produce over 35 million litres of fresh milk a year – enough for half a million people every day – and grow 2,200 hectares of forage and grains for food production and animal feed. Our ambition is to be the UK’s leading producer of milk and cereal grains, farming sustainably to become a net zero carbon operation by 2030, building on our 50% carbon reduction achieved over the past five years.  

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Grosvenor Farms produce high-quality, nutritious, milk and cereal grains, adopting sustainable practices that benefit animal welfare and enhance the environment.   

From our award-winning commercial farm within Grosvenor’s Eaton Estate in Cheshire, we produce over 35 million litres of fresh milk a year – enough for half a million people every day – and grow 2,200 hectares of forage and grains for food production and animal feed. Our ambition is to be the UK’s leading producer of milk and cereal grains, farming sustainably to become a net zero carbon operation by 2030, building on our 50% carbon reduction achieved over the past five years.  

 

Grosvenor TimberWorks

Grosvenor TimberWorks brings together a progressive and sustainable approach to woodland management with the processing of innovative timber products, combining a dedication to traditional methods of wood craftsmanship with a long-term commitment to UK forestry.  

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Grosvenor TimberWorks brings together a progressive and sustainable approach to woodland management with the processing of innovative timber products, combining a dedication to traditional methods of wood craftsmanship with a long-term commitment to UK forestry.  

Our impact

Over three years, we’ve planted half a million trees

All of our forestry is managed sustainably

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Our peat restoration programme is reducing emissions of greenhouse gases and the risk of flooding

We have restored over 78% of Abbeystead’s bare peat identified in surveys, reducing Co2 the emissions they emit annually by 60%

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Enhancing one of the Highland’s most renowned rivers to restore populations of salmon and sea trout

This 10-year study aims to better understand the River Laxford catchment and to restore the numbers of Atlantic salmon and sea trout – a barometer for the health of the whole ecosystem – by improving the quality and habitat of the river

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Key people across our Rural Estates

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Nicholas Dobbs

Head of the Family Office and Head of Rural Estates

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Annabel Farbon

Agent, Eaton Estate

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Neil Kilgour

Agent, Abbeystead Estate

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Ben Mardall

Estate Manager, Reay Forest Estate

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Andrew McInnes

Rural Estates Finance Director

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