Farming in Harmony with the Natural Environment

Sustainable Farming is the guiding principle of the Cholderton Estate. For the past thirty years the 1,000 hectare estate has been managed with the aim of achieving a balance between the demands of modern highly competitive agriculture and the preservation of the countryside. The estate is implementing a carbon reduction programme and is on the verge of neutrality.

Farming Practice

Barley, Oats and Vetches are currently grown for animal feed; no weed control is undertaken and yet high yields are consistently achieved. These crops include rare arable plants and are valuable for wildlife, supporting significant populations of and ground nesting birds such as Lapwings, Skylark and Corn Bunting.

Livestock

The Cholderton Estate is a mixed fully organic agricultural enterprise with animal husbandry at its heart. Carefully planned crop rotation provides a balanced diet full of the essential nutrients for the growth and well being of the varied livestock supported by the estate.

Nature & Wildlife

The Cholderton Estate is managed on sound agricultural and environmental principles with an emphasis on nature conservation and the preservation of natural habitats. The result is an estate with an exceptional wealth and diversity of wildlife.

Biodiversity Notes

Every month Henry Edmunds contributes to a features and technical news sheet that is produced by the Organic Milk suppliers Co-operative Ltd. (OMSCo).

Woodland Burials

One of the opportunities open to farmers is the option to branch out into commercial activities that will help bolster the core agricultural business in difficult economic times.

Cholderton Estate Trust

In the years after the Estate achieved organic status Henry Edmunds had concerns that the benefits of the work that he had done to protect wildlife and promote biodiversity needed to be promoted to a wider audience than the farming community.

About us

The Cholderton Estate was formed in the 1880s when the Victorian entrepreneur and polymath Henry Charles Stephens purchased several farms and parcels of land on the Hampshire-Wiltshire border. At its greatest extent the Estate stretched to some 5,000 acres (2,000ha), but today it is about 2,500 acres (1,000ha).

The Estate has remained in the family of its creator, ‘Inky’ Stephens, whose family name will always be linked with the famous ‘blue black’ ink. Today’s owner, Henry Edmunds FRES, Stephens’ great grandson, took over the Estate in 1975 on the death of his father.

Latest news

CPRE – A Case Study

CPRE – A Case Study

In July 2016 the CPRE published a policy document on the importance of farming under the title, New Model Farming: resilience through diversity. The document included a series of case studies. One of these featured the Cholderton Estate. Click to read the Cholderton...

Farming in harmony with the environment

Farming in harmony with the environment

Henry Edmunds explains how he has achieved his vision of running a commercially successful and sustainable farming enterprise.  The video gives an insight into how he uses traditional farming methods to protect wildlife and preserve natural habitats. Click on the link...

CPRE – A Case Study

CPRE – A Case Study

In July 2016 the CPRE published a policy document on the importance of farming under the title, New Model Farming: resilience through diversity. The document included a series of case studies. One of these featured the Cholderton Estate. Click to read the Cholderton...

Farming in harmony with the environment

Farming in harmony with the environment

Henry Edmunds explains how he has achieved his vision of running a commercially successful and sustainable farming enterprise.  The video gives an insight into how he uses traditional farming methods to protect wildlife and preserve natural habitats. Click on the link...