ECT Trustees' special relationship with farmersTrustees have been keeping their ears to the ground with a two-day fact-finding tour of ECT’s Gloucestershire and Oxfordshire estates.

During a recent visit, they toured all the farms on Fairford, Hatherop, Barnsley and Filkins Estates, meeting farm tenants and their families.

ECT is unusual among major landowners for the relationship it encourages between Trustees and tenants. Board members tour different estates each year to ensure they meet all the farmers and keep in touch with any developments and issues.

For recent Trustee recruits Sir Bertie Ross and Simon Eliot, this was their first estate visit. Trustees’ Chairman Andrew Christie-Miller said: “These estates have a high proportion of younger second generation farm tenants and they are a very impressive and entrepreneurial bunch! There was great deal to see and learn.

“This regular interaction with our farming tenants is very important and rewarding and keeps all of us fully in touch with developments on individual farms as well as in the farming industry itself. It really is a special relationship, and one we value enormously.”