Latest news from the Lees Court Estate
16 Oct 2012
Grey Partridge Release Scheme
In 2012 the Estate embarked on a releasing programme for Grey Partridges
26 Sep 2012
East Kent Ploughing Match
Kim Acres, Tractor Driver for Gosmere Farms, took part in the East Kent Ploughing Match which was held this year at Ledgers Farms, St Margarets at Cliffe. Kim competed using the recently purchased MF tractor and Lemken plough and finished third in the "Tractor Plough Mounted, 6 furrows" class. Kim is looking forward to take part again in 2013. The farm also entered some crops in the competition, and came 2nd in the best sample of peas and third in the field combining peas.
22 Aug 2012
Echium and Calendula in full bloom
The Echium and Calendula have once again, created a lot of interest. The estate office has been inundated with phone calls asking "what is it". It will not be long before the echium is cut and allowed to dry before being combined. Calendula will soon follow, and the colours will be lost until next year.
23 Jul 2012
Kent County Agricultural Society - Farm & Estate Visit
Members of the Kent County Agricultural Society enjoyed a lovely summers evening at Gosmere Farm with Bill Harbour (Farm Manager) and Liz Roberts (Estate Administrator), gaining an insight on the work and development of Non-Food Crops as well as the conventional cropping strategy of the farm and Estate.
19 Jul 2012
Olympic Torch Relay
The Olympic Torch arrived in Faversham on the 19th July 2012. It then travelled from Faversham to spend the night at Leeds Castle. Its route took it along the eastern boundary of the Estate via the A251. Many of the Estate Team went out to cheer it on its way.
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’.