Landscape & Farming
Farmland makes up just over 6,000 acres of the Castle Howard Estate.
Of this, approximately 3,200 acres are tenanted
and let as nine fully equipped farm holdings and 15 bare land
agreements. 2,300 acres are farmed on behalf
of the Castle Howard Estate and the remainder is managed specifically for wildlife and habitat benefits.
An Aberdeen Angus suckler cow herd was established at Castle Howard with most of the beef being supplied to the Farm Shop.
Arable cropping at Park Farm comprises of; winter wheat, triticale, fallow and grassland. Some land is also let out for potatoes and other root vegetables on yearly cropping licences.
Environmental stewardship is at the heart of the wider management of the estate. This includes schemes for the regeneration of hedgerows and field
margins to encourage biodiversity; in recent years the grey partridge
has been successfully reintroduced on the estate.
Game birds are encouraged to breed and rear chicks naturally; returning to a wild shoot improves habitats for both the game birds and
other species of flora and fauna. This has been achieved by establishing
a 1,000 acre conservation farm, planting new woodlands, using set-aside
for cover and game crops and introducing almost a hundred miles of
grass margins along hedge and ditch sides.
The Farm Shop
The Howardian Hills