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As landowners, we find ourselves at a critical moment where environmental, economic, social and health challenges have converged to bring farming, land management and access to the outdoors into sharp focus.

The Trust’s response to these challenges is to become best practice centres for sustainable land management, finding ways to further improve our natural capital and reduce our environmental impact.

By assessing our estate management practices, assets and resources across all our rural landholdings, we aim to identify new opportunities for greater influence and impact in the long term.

Our Little Dalby Estate in Leicestershire is to become one of our regional hubs, allowing us to fully integrate an evolving Outdoor Learning strategy in all that we do, on and beyond our own land and in partnerships and collaborations with like-minded organisations.

This ongoing commitment to estate management draws on the Trust’s well-honed ability to make far-sighted, informed decisions. We do this as influencers in the debate around the environment, farming and sustainability, and as leaders in the Learning from the Land sector.

What more delightful avocation than to take a piece of land and by cautious experimentation to prove how it works. What more substantial service to conservation than to practice it on one’s own land?
Aldo Leopold