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.
As well as being an experienced estate manager, Mr Edmunds is a knowledgeable and passionate naturalist. His interest in biodiversity and the habitats for wildlife and plants has guided his management of the estate for the past 35 years.
The estate, which is fully organic, regularly hosts visits from wildlife organisations, agricultural bodies, students and enthusiasts who are interested in seeing modern farming operating in tune with the natural environment.
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