Latest news from the Lees Court Estate
19 Oct 2015
Our Shooting Season has started!
Having sold out in Spring 2015, we are delighted that our first few days are upon us and we are looking forward to another busy season.
30 Sep 2015
A Successful Day at the East Kent Ploughing Match
Congratulations fo our Farm Foreman, Kim Acres, for becoming the Reserve Ploughing Champion at the 70th East Kent Ploughing Match.
Kim won the Six and Seven Furrow Commercial Plough class to put him through to the 'Plough Off' which decides the Champion and Reserve Champion. Kim was also presented with the Southern Harvesters Trophy for the 'Best Work with a Six Furrow Plough'.
The Farm also won the class for the Best Field of Spring Beans as well as winning the Best Sample of Peas and gaining second place for Milling Wheat and Bean samples.
19 Sep 2015
The Countess Sondes interviewed for The Daily Telegraph
The Daily Telegraph published an interview featuring The Countess Sondes - 'Muddy ballgowns, high-heeled wellies and tortoises: the new landed gentry rescuing Britain's crumbling estates'. Click here to view the full article.
18 Sep 2015
The Countess Sondes interviewed for University of Kent Project
The Countess Sondes and farming consultant Charles Ireland of Strutt and Parker were interviewed by Dr Raj Puri for the project '50 years, 50 stories: The Dynamics of farms and farming in UKC's backyard, 1965-2015', which studies the social and ecoligical changes in Kent landscape over at least the last 50 years. View the interview here
21 Jun 2015
Smashing Clays raises over £3700 for two Charities
Over 150 clay shooters attended the Charity Clay Shoot in aid of The Pilgrims Hospice and The National Gamekeepers Organisation (NGO) Educational Trust. The event was organised by Jeff Handy (NGO Chairman for Kent) with the support of The NGO and the Estate's gamekeeper, Shayne Dean, who is also The NGO Educational Representative for Kent. With major sponsorship from Strutt and Parker LLP, the event also received help and support on the day by Faversham Scout Group and Plumpton Agricultural College.
In total, just over £3700 was raised, with £2109.50 being donated to the Pilgrims Hospice and £1594.50 to The NGO Educational Trust
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