The Dawnay Estates win National Award
The Estate is celebrating being awarded The Royal Agricultural Society of England’s prestigious Bledisloe Gold Medal for 2018. It is presented to the Estate which “has shown outstanding achievement in the successful land management and development of an English agricultural estate”. The award recognises the Estates’ drive to conserve, diversify and regenerate the environment. The Judges commented “As we celebrate the 60th Anniversary of the award, the Royal Agricultural Society of England are delighted to award the Gold Medal to the Dawnay Estates, who have exemplified the high standards of modern rural Estate management.”
Although farming remains very much at the heart of the Estate, over the last forty years it has diversified its operations and created businesses such as Wykeham Mature Plants, now the largest grower and supplier of semi-mature trees, shrubs and hedging in the North East of England and St Helens Caravan Park, an award winning 250 pitch touring park.
More recent enterprises have been Wykeham Business Centre, a successful conversion of dilapidated farm buildings to create high tech commercial premises for 24 companies employing over 180 staff and Dawnay Sporting, one of the finest pheasant, partridge and grouse shoots in Yorkshire managed in-hand by the Estate at both Wykeham and over the Danby Moors
The newest diversification has been North Yorkshire Water Park, established in 2017 on an 85 acre lake, a by-product of ongoing gravel extraction, which offers kayaking, paddle boarding and sailing as well as a popular Aquapark.
Lord Downe commented, “The Estate is truly honoured to receive the Bledisloe Gold Medal. I hope the award shows that it is possible to diversify a rural estate, producing successful businesses and new jobs, whilst at the same time maintaining and improving the local environment. I pay tribute to all those who live and work on the Estates both at Wykeham and Danby, who have made such success possible.”
North Yorkshire TV visited The Dawnay Estates to hear about our Bledisloe Gold Medal Award win! Watch the video below: