Farming

For centuries, the Blenheim Palace Estate has been a source of many farming activities.

Farming

For centuries, the Blenheim Palace Estate has been a source of many farming activities.

The arable farm extends to just over 2000 acres, mainly to the north of the Estate. It is farmed in conjunction with a local contractor, growing a traditional rotation of oilseed rape, wheat and oats. All of the land is farmed using the latest technology to deliver the best possible sustainable crops.

The arable farm is responsible for honouring one of the country's largest Environmental Stewardship agreements, enhancing the habitat for farmland birds, flora and fauna. The acres of Blenheim Estate are also let on a variety of short and long-term tenancies and contains arable, grazing, sporting, buildings and residential assets.

The grassland within our World Heritage Site is an idyllic area for our extensive flock to graze throughout the year. We lamb outdoors in April to give lambs the best spring grass. Their wool, which is sheared in June each year, is sold to make products such as the beautiful Romney Wool rugs found in our East Courtyard Shop.

Our sheep are reared entirely on grass and largely within the Park walls, keeping them as naturally healthy and organic as possible. The breeds kept on the Estate are Scotch Mule, Charollais, Romney and Poll Dorset.

The majority of this portfolio is let on long-term Agricultural Holdings Act or Farm Business Tenancies although occasionally we do have blocks of agricultural land available to rent. We also have a number of grazing paddocks that are available to rent on a short-term basis.

Livestock

The Park is home to approximately 1800 ewes, who each year give birth to a total average of 2800 lambs. This part of the farm is overseen by our Head Shepherd, Charles Gerring.

Livestock

The Park is home to approximately 1800 ewes, who each year give birth to a total average of 2800 lambs. This part of the farm is overseen by our Head Shepherd, Charles Gerring.