BOUGHTON ESTATE

Boughton Estate is a working landscape in the heart of rural Northamptonshire. At its centre lies the magnificent Boughton House, remodelled in the French architectural style towards the end of the 17th century by Ralph, 1st Duke of Montagu.

Often referred to as ‘the English Versailles’, Boughton House lies within a glorious parkland setting and contains important artworks from the Buccleuch Collection, including paintings by El Greco, Van Dyck and Gainsborough, furniture by master cabinet maker André-Charles Boulle, Sèvres porcelain and Mortlake tapestries, making it ever popular with visitors.

The House and grounds host large scale events such as Greenbelt Festival and provide a superb film location for major productions, including multi-Oscar winner ‘Les Misérables’ and most recently Ridley Scott’s 2023 epic ‘Napolean’. The wider estate supports Buccleuch’s diverse rural enterprises including agriculture, forestry, and renewable energy.

BOUGHTON ESTATE FORESTRY

In line with Buccleuch’s commitment to the environment, each of our woodland and forestry plantations is carefully managed to enhance biodiversity and ensure a positive environmental impact. Boughton Estate’s woodlands are made up largely of native species and include areas of historic ancient woodland.

A significant amount of the timber harvested is used for biomass fuel and supplies Boughton Estate’s Combined Heat and Power plant (CHP), which provides warmth to dry woodchip for onward sale.

All the trees grown on Buccleuch’s rural estates deliver important carbon sequestration benefits and contribute to our wider net zero carbon objectives.

BOUGHTON ESTATE AGRICULTURE

Boughton Estate’s in-hand farming enterprise includes livestock and arable operations, each sensitively managed to the highest standards. In 2022, we replaced traditional three-year continual cropping cycles with less intensive eight-year arable cycles, contributing to improved soil fertility and reduced carbon emissions. The three-year clover ley within the eight-year cycle allows for the inclusion of livestock grazing and naturally reduces the need for fertilisers and pesticides.

In the last year alone, we have laid over 4km of hedgerow as part of the Countryside Stewardship Scheme, with considerably more planned, and we continue with our traditional approach to hedge coppicing for the rejuvenation of mature hedges, known to have habitat regeneration benefits for nesting birds and other small animals.

Our colleagues collaborate closely with Nestlé on their ClieNFarms project, which aims to co-develop climate-neutral / climate-resilient farms across Europe and on The Allerton Project, contributing to research into the effects of different farming methods on wildlife and the environment.

BOUGHTON ESTATE HOSPITALITY AND TOURISM

Visitors to Boughton Estate are invited to enjoy a tour of Boughton House and take in the surrounding beautifully curated parklands and gardens. The estate also hosts private events, including the popular Greenbelt Festival and has been used as a location for major Hollywood films.

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