Latest news from the Lees Court Estate
06 Aug 2019
The Countess Sondes to speak at the CLA Rural Business Conference 2019
The Countess Sondes is honoured to accept the invitation from the Country Landowners and Business Association to be one of the Speakers at the 2019 CLA Rural Business Conference held in London on the 28th November.
Lady Sondes will explain her approach to maximising the assets of the Estate in new and progressive ways.
For further information https://www.cla.org.uk/conference2019
05 Jul 2019
Kent County Show Long Service Award
At the 2019 Kent County Agricultural Show, Kim Acres, the Farm Foreman was presented with the KCAS Long Service Award
Kim Acres started at the Lees Court Estate in December 1977. At that time the in-hand Farm was 420 acres with three members of staff, led by Bill Harbour who had started a few months previously as Farm Manager. The in –hand farm has increased in size to approximately 1,000 acres and has seen many developments over the years including growing Non-Food Crops. Lees Court Farms has become the recognised leader in the development and growing of Echium in particular. Kim has been champion ploughman at the East Kent Ploughing Match..
Kim continued to work alongside Bill for a further 35 years. Following Bill’s retirement in 2012 Kim has single-handedly taken on the running of the farm as Farm Foreman. Lees Court Farms led the Strutt & Parker Farm Yield Leader Board for 2018 and has regularly been ranked in the top three. Strutt & Parker has stated “The Lees Court Estate in Kent is one of the most successful wheat growers in the country”.
Lady Sondes commented, “we have been exploring progressive areas of farming and interesting new markets to overcome some of the uncertainties facing farming. Kim has shown resourcefulness and dedication to delivering excellence in these challenging new areas; without compromising the high performance of our conventional cropping programme. I am grateful to Kim for his contribution over the decades to my late husband and me and for the successes at Lees Court Farms of which I am very proud.”
Kim is married to Heather and they have lived at Gosmere Farm for over 20 years ; they have 4 children and 6 grandchildren.
25 Jan 2019
Lees Court is the featured Shoot in the February 2019 edition of the Shooting Gazette.
See 'News and Media' to read the full article
20 Jul 2018
Kent Archaeological Society Bimble
The first of the Society 'Bimbles' around Lees Court Estate takes place this coming Saturday, 21st July. Starting at 11am from the Estate Yard Barn on Sheldwich Lees, this 8-mile walk will help members and non-members of KAS become familiar with the Estate. The walk will encompass St James' Church, moving to on to Badlesmere Church and the possible location of Der Badlesmere Castle. During the walk, there will be the opportunity to look at lynchetts and sites of ring ditches, as well as see the spectacular chalkland valley with pyramid orchids and the sites of some of the recently discovered Bronze Aged hoards
17 Jun 2018
Another successful Charity Clay Shoot
There was a record attendance at the fourth Annual Charity Clay Shoot took place at Lees Court Estate. The event raised just over £2800 for the two charities nominated charities, The National Gamekeepers Organisation Educational Trust and Bowel Cancer UK.
The winner of the raffle, a Walk Up Day for Two at Lees Court was Mick Leeds from Faversham.
The results of the Clay Shoot:
Juniors: 1st Georgie Smith (54), 2nd Lawrence Tester (50) 3rd Tom Hales and William Kenneth (48)
Ladies: 1st Faye Wells (60) 2nd Steph Harvey (55) 3rd Emma Hogben (50)
Father and Child: 1st Dan and Lawrence Tester (112)
Highest: 1st Bradley Ballentyne (73) 2nd John Webb and Ben Marsh, 3ed Phil Ham and Daniel Kemsley
The event will be taking place again next year, on Fathers'Day Sunday, 16th June 2019 - we look forward to seeing you all again.
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