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Cranborne Estate

The Manor is the home of Viscount Cranborne, the eldest son of the 7th Marquess of Salisbury.

The original Manor house was built as a royal hunting lodge for King John in the 12th century. Cranborne Chase was a royal hunting ground from at least the time of William the Conqueror until the 17th century.

In 1604 the Manor and its surrounding land was acquired by Robert Cecil, 1st Earl of Salisbury and Chief Minister to Queen Elizabeth I and James II. Under the 2nd Earl, in 1647, the west wing was remodelled by Captain Ryder, an associate of Inigo Jones. At the beginning of the 17th century the garden was laid out by Mounten Jennings and John Tradescant who supplied many of the original plants.

24 August 2021 - Helping our soil micro-organisms to thrive

We are trialling different no-till drills here this summer. We are looking hard at whether we can move the minimum amount of soil to establish our crops. Combined with cover crops over the winter, we are planting grass with this New Zealand drill and we will therefore have green cover on all our land, all year. We hope this will lock-in more carbon and help our soil micro-organisms thrive. It will also help prevent run-off and provide good cover for our wintering birds.

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