Other Business Enterprises

In addition to being a property developer, Northumberland Estates has several other strings to its bow. Farming and forestry have always played a central role on the Estate and this remains the case today. Alnwick Castle and The Alnwick Garden are two of the most popular and best known tourist attractions in the North East. More recently the Estate has developed a reputation as a popular film location, featuring in blockbuster movies such as Harry Potter and TV dramas including Downton Abbey. These additional enterprises make the Estate one of the larger employers in the area. 

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Alnwick Castle

Alnwick Castle is the second largest inhabited castle in the country and home to the Percy f...

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Alnwick Castle

Alnwick Castle is the second largest inhabited castle in the country and home to the Percy family, for over 700 years. Combining magnificent medieval architecture with sumptuous Italianate State Rooms, Alnwick Castle is one of the UK's most significant heritage destinations. Dominating the town, its centuries of history and the fascinating array of historical characters linked to it, make the Castle hugely popular as a leading tourist destination, attracting over 350,000 visitors each year. 

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Alnwick Gardens

The Duchess of Northumberland is the driving force behind this extraordinary contemporary ga...

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Alnwick Gardens

The Duchess of Northumberland is the driving force behind this extraordinary contemporary garden. Conceived by Belgian designers, Jacques and Peter Wirtz, it has something to offer the visitor for every season of the year. Famous for its immense water features, iconic tree house and poison garden, it has become a major tourist attraction since opening in 2001.

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Syon Park and Albury Estate

Syon Park Syon Park is the London home of the Percy family. The House was built in the sixt...

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Syon Park and Albury Estate

Syon Park

Syon Park is the London home of the Percy family. The House was built in the sixteenth century on the site of the Medieval Abbey and came into Percy ownership in 1594. Renowned as featuring some of the finest examples of work by architect Robert Adam, Syon House is famous for its neo-classical splendour and a fine collection of art and antiques. The 100 acres of surrounding parkland remain little changed from the landscape created by landscape designer ‘Capability’ Brown in the eighteenth century.  Open to the public throughout the year it has become a popular venue for weddings, events and as a TV and film location. 

The Albury Estate

The Albury Estate in Surrey passed to the Percy family in 1860 following the death of the then owner Henry Drummond, his daughter Louisa having married the 6th Duke. Albury Park House has since been sold, but Northumberland Estates still owns 150 acres of land and various properties in and around the including the village pub - The Drummond, the fishery and a number of premises rented by local businesses including a micro brewery and the Silent Pools gin distillery.

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Forestry and the Sawmill

Forestry The Estate owns some 4,100 ha of forestry and woodland, located throughout Northum...

Forestry and the Sawmill

Forestry

The Estate owns some 4,100 ha of forestry and woodland, located throughout Northumberland and the Scottish Borders. Managed on a sustainable basis, the forestry department looks to replace the same acreage each year as is felled. Other tree planting is regularly undertaken across the whole Estate as a part of amenity, sporting and conservation projects, as well as to replenish commercial stocks. Although the majority of Estate woodland is coniferous, recent years have seen a change in philosophy favouring hardwoods with ‘nurse’ softwoods that can be removed as thinning once the hardwoods mature.

The Sawmill

Currently located in Hulne Park, close to Alnwick Castle, plans are in hand to relocate the sawmill to a modern, purpose built unit on the outskirts of the town. The proposed new state- of –the- art set up will enable increased production, making better use of this sustainably produced home grown asset. 

At the existing sawmill most of the 3,500 tonnes of timber processed annually is converted into fencing materials, both for use on the Estate and  sold to the local trade. Other products include gates, sheds and garden furniture, with bespoke  items made to order and delivered locally. All are made from Estate grown timber and treated with  modern day timber preservatives to ensure the longevity of all products.

Offcuts are converted into firewood and used on the Estate or sold. Other by-products are utilised in  the manufacture of panel products, and sawdust is collected and used for animal bedding.   

Contact

Clint Johnson                                                    Neville Henderson

Forest Manager                                                   Sawmill

Phone : 01665 511106                                        Phone: 01665 603183

Mobile: 07771897106                                         Mobile 07753739687  

Email: clint.johnson@alnwickcastle.com                 sawmill@northumberlandestates.co.uk

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Case Study

Percy Farms

The headquarters of Percy Farms, the in-hand arable enterprise at Northumberland Estates, is at  Ratcheugh Farm near Alnwick. Operating with a seven mile radius, farm manager, George Daniel  looks after 3,660 arable acres (1,481 ha) with cropping including winter wheat and barley, oilseed  rape and spring beans. Conservation and farming work hand in hand throughout, with an award  winning grey partridge conservation project covering around 80 per cent of the arable acreage. In  addition much the farmland has been entered into conservation schemes such as Entry Level  Stewardship (ELS) and Higher Level (HLS) Stewardship agreements. This, however, does not preclude  the use of new technology within the farming enterprise, which utilises GPS mapping systems to  ensure accuracy when applying sprays and fertilizer, and yield and soil mapping to assist in the  accurate application of lime, phosphate and other additives.

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Case Study

Downton Abbey

In 2015 Alnwick Castle again welcomed the cast and crew of the major ITV drama, Downton Abbey. This follows the success of the 2014 Christmas special which saw Rose’s father-in-law, Lord Sinderby take Brancaster Castle (Alnwick Castle) in Northumberland for the grouse shooting season.

During a busy two weeks over the summer the team filmed for the 2015 series, again using the Castle's State Rooms and grounds. Meanwhile in Alnwick town, the cast and crew are rapidly becoming familiar faces.

Back in real life an exhibition of the 2014 filming of this ever popular show is proving a great hit with this season's visitors to the Castle. Featuring photography, costumes, and props from the filming, group tours are also available but require booking.

    Meet The Team

    Colin Davidson

    Head of Commercial Property+44 (0)1665 510777

    Steve Stubbings

    Agricultural and Rural Property Manager+44 (0)1665 511156

    Christopher Hunwick

    Archivist+44 (0)1665 510777

    Helen Robinson

    HR Manager+44 (0) 1665 510777

    Prue Jackson

    Public Relations+44 (0) 7968739117

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