A bright warm spring morning was the perfect way to see the Leckford estate from the comfort of a tractor towed trailer with seats for 36 people. Our guide Ted Palmer, who looks after the fruit trees, gave us a very good overview of all the farming operations on the estate. These covered apple and pear trees, chickens, dairy from Fresian cattle and mushrooms. We learnt that they produce 27 tonnes of mushrooms per week.
We saw the Chilbolton weather tracking dish quite close.
The estate was bought in 1928 at a price of £15 per acre and this included all the buildings. There are about 38 listed buildings amonst them.
Click HERE to see some photos taken during the trip by Peter Read.
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