Barnston Estate - Cheshire - United Kingdom
On the estates’ farmland, there are badgers, fox, hedgehog, and rabbits.
Barnston comprises 100 hectares of agricultural land along the River Dee which regularly floods in winter for long periods. This attracts Canada geese, greylag, heron, mallard, teal, widgeon, snipe and woodcock sometimes over 2,000 at a time. The river banks in summer have sand martins, moorhen, cormorant, kingfisher and dragonflies. On higher grounds and in the woods live cuckoos, woodpeckers, pheasants, wood pigeons, barn owls, buzzards, starlings and numerous song birds. Around the main house and walled garden are the resident peacocks.
A woodland fell and replant is underway with broadleaf native varieties to complement the park field. There is also a business park, with commercial lets nearby, plans for a natural burial ground and barn conversions.
The Estate offers a variety of 2, 3 and 4 bedroom cottages in the villages of Farndon and Churton for residential lets.
History of Barnston Estate
The Barnston Estate traces its lineage back to the era of the Norman Conquest. The lands were initially registered by Hugh de Berneston who established formal records in the modern-day Wirral. From about 1280 amalgamations of land through marriage enhanced the Estate by incorporating the Gregge Estate at Hapsford, the Trafford Estate at Bridge Trafford with existing Barnston lands at Churton and Farndon. William Barnston, a staunch Royalist, was imprisoned by Cromwell and he had to pay £580 to regain the Estate in 1650. He also suffered the loss of numerous cottages razed to the ground as further punishment. Successive Barnston stewards have managed the Estate over the years, with many simultaneously serving their country - in support of Wellington, in the Crimean Campaign, the Indian Mutiny and in both World Wars.
Today the Estate has a more balanced portfolio comprising dairy farms, forestry, renewable energy, residential housing and a growing range of commercial properties.
Ed Barnston was a Commando officer and then an investment manager before taking over from his father in 2015. Since then Ed was awarded a Nuffield Farming Scholarship (‘Rural Estates - Benchmarking Success’), and won the Royal Agricultural Society for England Gold Medal Award for Landowners in 2019. Ed’s philosophy for Barnston Estate is to enhance the total contribution of sustainable stewardship across the Triple Bottom Line of people, planet and profit. He is leading an initiative to create a natural capital project across 28,000 acres with his neighbours. Ed Barnston is a regular speaker at national events.