Diversification & Woodland Burials

One of the opportunities open to farmers is the option to branch out into commercial activities that will help bolster the core agricultural business in difficult economic times. The fully organic Cholderton Estate has chosen to go down this route as a means of funding its total commitment to the conservation of the environment and protection of wildlife.

Cholderton & District Water Company
At the turn of the 20th century Henry Stephens created the infrastructure to provide a clean and reliable water supply to the estate and 2 local villages. This enterprise still exists and operates as one of the 23 statutory water undertakings in England and Wales. To find out more about this business visit the website or click on the download below.

Woodland Burials
Michael's Wood is a wonderful mature wood which was severely damaged in the 1987 hurricane.  After it had been cleared of fallen trees and landscaped, it seemed a natural extension of the estate’s commitment to conservation to devote the area to a woodland burial site.

To learn more about Michael’s Wood visit the website. Further details may also be obtained by contacting the Estate Office via the ‘Contact us’ tab on the menu. 

Light Industry
The estate had some old buildings with access to the main trunk road which were no longer required for agricultural purposes. These were redeveloped for light industrial use and, with the addition of modern workshops, have been rented by a successful GRP business which provides employment for over 40 people.  This is an example of how both the Estate and the local community have benefited from the creative utilisation of formerly redundant buildings.

Other Activities
The estate is also engaged in other services which help provide employment for its staff. These include:

Rented Grazing
Cottage Rentals

 More information on the rented grazing for polo ponies may be found by clicking on the download below.
Diversification - Cholderton Water Company PDF

Diversification - rented grazing PDF