The Trust’s Estates
The endowment of the Ernest Cook Trust, which provides the income for the educational grants programme, is made up of some 22,000 acres of land across five English counties – Buckinghamshire, Dorset, Gloucestershire, Leicestershire and Oxfordshire, which include let farmland, woodland, small businesses, houses and cottages, and a portfolio of financial investments. To read more about Ernest Cook and his endowment, click on History.
The Ernest Cook Trust is very unusual in being a land-based trust which has education as its sole charitable object. To find out more, watch this brief video.
The Trustees pursue carefully this sole charitable object but, subject to that, aim to maintain the estates in ways which ensure their value, excellence and preservation.
In the 21st century, this means taking into account the principles of sustainability (in its widest sense) as well as following the best practices of land management, including the protection of the landscape and heritage assets, and working closely with tenants and local communities.
Each of the estates owned and managed by the Trust has its own distinctive character; they are set in very different landscapes and all offer a unique perspective on the environment. To discover more about each estate please click on the links:
As with any estate, the situation is not static, with land being acquired and disposed of as suitable opportunities arise in order to improve the Trust’s holdings and its charitable aims.