Latest news from the Lees Court Estate
26 May 2020
Annual Charity Clay Shoot
After a lot of thought, we have had to make the decision that we sadly, can not run the Charity Clay Shoot (21st June 2020), due to Covid-19. This has not been a decision we have taken lightly, as this event has very much become an inaugral part of the Estate diary. We will be making effort to hold the event next year on Fathers Day 21st June 2021.
23 Apr 2020
Coronavirus - Public Rights of Way
During this current Covid-19 pandemic, there has been a dramatic increase in the public enjoying the beauty of the Estate. Can we politely remind all those visiting the Estate to keep to the marked Public Rights of Way and to keep dogs under close control at all times. Please be aware that many people will be touching gates and stiles, we would like to remind you of the Government Guidelines to wear gloves and/or use hand sanitiser. (https://www.gov.uk/coronavirus). Please take all litter home with you and follow the Countryside Code (https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/the-countryside-code/the-countryside-code). Thank you.
23 Apr 2020
Coronavirus - Archaeology
Kent Archaeological Society and Lees Court Estate have decided to postpone all archaeological activities for this year. We look forward to welcoming back the Team and all the volunteers in 2021.
23 Apr 2020
Coronavirus - Seasonal Work
The Estate Office has received several calls enquiring about Seasonal Work during this pandemic. Unfortunately, we do not have any seasonal work available. However, our tenant farmer John Higgs at Owens Court Farm, will be requiring Seasonal Workers and he can be contacted on 07956 758739.
23 Apr 2020
Coronavirus - Shooting
We are pleased to confirm the 2020/2021 season for the Lees Court Shoot will continue as planned. For further information, please do not hesitate to contact Elizabeth Roberts at the Estate Office on 01227 731331 or 07813 880373 to discuss your requirements.
The Countryside Code is a set of statutory guidelines on the responsibilities for visitors to the countryside and those who manage the land.
Below is a brief summary, the full code can be found at https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/the-countryside-code
Respect the local community and other people using the outdoors. Remember your actions can affect people's lives and livelihoods.
- Respect the needs of local people and visitors alike – for example, don’t block gateways,driveways or other paths with your vehicle.
- When riding a bike or driving a vehicle, slow down or stop for horses, walkers and farm animals and give them plenty of room. By law, cyclists must give way to walkers and horseriders on bridleways.
- Co-operate with people at work in the countryside. For example, keep out of the way when farm animals are being gathered or moved and follow directions from the farmer.
- Busy traffic on small country roads can be unpleasant and dangerous to local people, visitors and wildlife - so slow down and where possible, leave your vehicle at home.
- Leave gates and property as you find them and follow paths.
- A farmer will normally close gates to keep farm animals in, but may sometimes leave them open so the animals can reach food and water. Leave gates as you find them or follow instructions on signs.
- Follow paths unless wider access is available, such as on open country or registered common land (known as ‘Open Access land’).
- Leave machinery and farm animals alone – don’t interfere with animals even if you think they’re in distress. Try to alert the farmer instead.
- Use gates, stiles or gaps in field boundaries if you can – climbing over walls, hedges and fences can damage them and increase the risk of farm animals escaping.
- Our heritage matters to all of us – be careful not to disturb ruins and historic sites.
- Leave no trace of your visit and take your litter home. Litter and leftover food doesn’t just spoil the beauty of the countryside, it can be dangerous to wildlife and farm animals. Dropping litter and dumping rubbish are criminal offences.
- Fires can be as devastating to wildlife and habitats as they are to people and property – so be careful with naked flames and cigarettes at any time of the year.
- Keep dogs under effective control, when you take your dog into the outdoors, always ensure it does not disturb wildlife, farm animals, horses or other people by keeping it under effective control. This means that you: keep your dog on a lead, or keep it in sight at all times, be aware of what it’s doing and be confident it will return to you promptly on command and ensure it does not stray off the path or area where you have a right of access
- It’s always good practice (and a legal requirement on ‘Open Access’ land) to keep your dog on a lead around farm animals and horses, for your own safety and for the welfare of the animals. A farmer may shoot a dog which is attacking or chasing farm animals without being liable to compensate the dog’s owner.
- However, if cattle or horses chase you and your dog, it is safer to let your dog off the lead.
- Always clean up after your dog and get rid of the mess responsibly –‘ bag it and bin it’.