The Bromesberrow Estate is a traditional agricultural estate of 1,140 acres at the southern end of the Malvern Hills with good access to the M50 & M5. This vibrant business is engaged in agriculture, forestry, residential and commercial property. Approximately twenty-five people are employed in the various enterprises on the estate. For most of the last two and a half centuries the estate income came from two arable farms, and grazing in the orchards, the parkland, and on Chase End Hill. Forestry has always been actively managed and now supplies firewood for the biomass boiler at Bromesberrow Place and wood burning stoves in rented properties. Former agricultural cottages and redundant farm buildings have been refurbished for residential and commercial tenants.
The estate was one of the earliest to have a countryside stewardship agreement over 20 years ago and has a current HLS agreement with Natural England. It has a committed programme to maintain nature conservation and management of wildlife habitats. Some of the of the activities have been: Reintroduction of grazing on Chase End Hill, a project to preserve of the High Brown Fritillary Butterfly in the SSSI, 18th Century Park replanted and an additional 100 acres of new parkland laid out, 3 ponds have been dug out and a further 4 more planned, restoration of 18th Century walled garden and Substantial maintenance programme for Bromesberrow Place, stables and other listed buildings. The two Regency cottage orne and one tudor cottage have had their thatched roofs restored.
For most of the last two and a half centuries the estate income came from two arable farms, and grazing in the orchards, the parkland, and on Chase End hill. We also manage a second estate situated between 1250 and 1500 feet above sea level at Simonsbath, Exmoor in the heart of the Exmoor National Park. It is a traditional stock farm comprising of nearly 6000 acres. 2080 acres of permanent pasture owned by the estate and a further 3788 acres rented from the Exmoor National Park. There is a cattle enterprise of 350 suckler cows and followers. These are predominantly Aberdeen Angus cross but there is an additional herd of pure bred Galloway’s. The sheep enterprise comprises of 1900 ewes. These are Scottish Blackface which are put to Leicester Blue face rams.
The estate contains approximately 194 acres of forestry which produces: Timber, (oak, sweet chestnut, ash, European larch, Douglas fir, Norway spruce), Fencing materials, sweet chestnut coppice, Fire wood, 90 tonnes of hard and soft wood thinnings cut sustainably each year ( of 300 tonnes possible). Agriculture is a mixture of arable and permanent pasture, arable farming is in partnership with R H Houlbrooke & Sons. Strutt & Parker. Forestry has always been actively managed and now supplies firewood for the biomass boiler at Bromesberrow Place and wood burning stoves in rented property across the estate. Since 1991 80,000 trees (mainly oak) and 6000 metres of new hedgerow have been planted and are now activily maintained.