The Trust’s Estates in Gloucestershire

The Hatherop Estate
3,850 acres

The Hatherop Estate, which immediately borders the northern boundary of the Fairford estate, was acquired by the Trustees in 2002 from the Bazley family who had owned the Estate for over 130 years.

The estate lies between Quenington and Eastleach and extends to about 3,850 acres, comprising four let farms and numerous cottages in the villages of Hatherop, Eastleach and Quenington as well as woodland and some small commercial enterprises. The estate is situated in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty with the River Leach running through the estate in one of the most attractive parts of Gloucestershire. Much of the estate is farmed organically with arable and stock enterprises.

Following the death of Sir Thomas Bazley in 1997, his children were very keen to retain the community of the estate and avoid breaking it up.

They said at the time: “One of the main factors in our decision to sell the estate to the Ernest Cook Trust is our wish to preserve the estate for future generations. We feel that selling to the Ernest Cook Trust is the best way to maintain its special character, as well as retaining the unspoilt nature of the villages of Eastleach and Hatherop, which our father valued so much”.

This very much echoes Ernest Cook’s wishes that the management of all the estates should be in accordance with the practice of the best-managed landed estates of this country and his desire to preserve the estates for future generations, whilst at the same time managing them in accordance with sound modern practices.


Pioneering organic farm reaps award

Wades (500x349)ECT tenants Sam and Helen Wade have been commended by the Soil Association for their contribution to organic food and farming.

The couple, who run Eastleach Downs Farm on the Trust’s Hatherop Estate in Gloucestershire, were among 15 farmers and growers recognised nationally for their dedication to the organic movement.

Sam and Helen received their award from Soil Association President Monty Don, pictured, at the association’s annual conference in Westminster. Soil Association chief executive Helen Browning praised the award-winners as “pioneers behind the organic food and drink market.”

The Wades rear free-range organic pork at the 317-acre farm. But they say the real pioneer was the Hatherop Estate’s previous owner, the late Sir Thomas Bazley, whose conversion of part of the farm to organic production pre-dates the Soil Association.

Helen and Sam have farmed there for 21 years and converted the rest of the land to organic in 2000. “We are very pleased to be recognised in this way,” said Helen. “Organic farming is certainly not an easy option but we are convinced it’s the way forward.”