North Yorkshire’s Dawnay Estates has won a national award recognising its achievements for successful land management and development of the Estates.
The Estates have been awarded the Bledisloe Gold Medal for 2018, by The Royal Agricultural Society of England for its high standards of modern rural Estate management including successful diversification and development of new rural enterprises.
The award recognises the Estates’ drive to conserve, diversify and regenerate the environment.
Although farming remains very much at the heart of the Estate, over the last forty years it has diversified its operations and created businesses including:
• Wykeham Mature Plants, now the largest grower and supplier of semi-mature trees, shrubs and hedging in the North East of England;
• North Yorkshire Water Park, which was established in 2017 on an 85-acre lake, a by-product of ongoing gravel extraction, and offers kayaking, paddle boarding, and sailing as well as a popular Aquapark.
• St Helens Caravan Park, an award-winning 250 pitch touring park.
• Dawnay Sporting, one of the finest pheasant, partridge and grouse shoots in Yorkshire managed in-hand by the Estate at both Wykeham and over the Danby Moors
• Wykeham Business Centre, a successful conversion of dilapidated farm buildings to create high tech commercial premises for 24 companies employing over 180 staff.
Lord Downe commented:
“The Estate is truly honoured to receive the Bledisloe Gold Medal. I hope the award shows that it is possible to diversify a rural estate, producing successful businesses and new jobs, whilst at the same time maintaining and improving the local environment. I pay tribute to all those who live and work on the Estates both at Wykeham and Danby, who have made such success possible.”