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Blenheim Estate Unveils Historic New Land Strategy

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Aerial photo of Woodstock and Blenheim Palace.

The Blenheim Estate has unveiled a revolutionary new approach to managing its 12,000 acres of land over the coming decades.

The Land Strategy’s long-term goal is for the Oxfordshire UNESCO World Heritage Site to become the UK’s first estate to demonstrate carbon-positive land management.

As part of this ground-breaking initiative, Blenheim Estate also wants to lead the way for other estates to protect, utilise and share the benefits of huge areas of British countryside.

“Almost a third of the UK’s land is managed by estates like ours and we have a huge social, environmental and economic responsibility to deliver a clear vision for its future role in our society,” said Blenheim’s Estates Director, Roy Cox.

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Column of Victory, Blenheim Estate Oxfordshire.

“In many cases it seems like the idea of land being at the heart of the local economy, climate and health has been forgotten. Landed Estates, caring for their land responsibly, hold the unique key to reversing this,” he added.   

Blenheim Estate’s Land Strategy covers five main areas; connecting communities with a network of paths and cycle routes to promote green travel, sharing the health and wellbeing potential of land with local communities, valuing the benefits of biodiversity to the total ecosystem, demonstrating the role of carbon positive land in tackling climate change, and working with artisans and producers to start re-delivering economic gain from land. 

“Creating new green travel networks is key to reducing car journeys and strengthening links between us and the local communities,” said Roy.

Blenheim’s Estates Director Roy Cox.

“By linking the natural resources of our land with the health service, our woodlands and green spaces can also begin to be prescribed as the most natural of health solutions.

“With the environment at the heart of our land, and agricultural practices responsible for up to 25% of all carbon emissions, we will join forces with organisations and other landed estates to lead in the concept of ‘natural capital’.

“This is an innovative way to attribute the benefits of good air, water, soil, woodland, green spaces and biodiversity to the total ecosystem, and to promote the best long-term decisions,” he added.

The Estate will also partner with local producers and artisans to establish a range of products and services under the Blenheim brand which will help to create new skills, jobs and economic benefits locally.

“We have a responsibility to hand this land on to future generations in a better condition than we found it. We can only achieve this by recognising the vital role it plays in things we all share, but doing so in a way local communities can benefit from and we can all be proud of,” he added. 

For more information please contact: Melodie Manners | melodie@flamingomarketing.co.uk | 07815 709548 or 01637 873379.

NOTES: Please follow this link to see an interview with Roy Cox about the launch of the Land Strategy www.blenheimestate.com/land  

About Blenheim Estate Land

At Blenheim Estate Land we know that our land is precious and finite, but cared for properly its benefits can be limitless. Yet today there are fresh challenges like climate change, an aging population and increasing urbanisation. So our approach – spanning a number of projects – needs to be as sophisticated, enduring and holistic as those issues we face. 

By adopting new methods of valuing our natural capital we can view our land resources as part of an ecosystem. An ecosystem whose benefits extend to the air we all breathe, the green transport solutions that connect our communities, the physical and mental health we enjoy, and the quality of the food we consume. 

At the pinnacle of our ambitions is the goal to become the first estate to demonstrate carbon-positive land management.

Ultimately, these projects form part of Blenheim’s Strategic Purpose; to be the lifeblood of the local economy, to enhance the lives of local people, and to share and protect this place.  At Blenheim Estate we believe the bounty from our land is more than the annual harvest, it’s the fundamental source of continued prosperity, renewal and wellbeing.

Always growing our legacy.

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