Lees Court Estate, Faversham
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Media Coverage

A selection of articles published and TV coverage in relation to Lees Court Estate.

"Her aims are to keep the estate going, by trying new crops alongside the traditional ones, but also to spread the work, to explain how and why an estate works to an increasingly urban population."

 

Kentish Express - Apr 2004

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"Countess Sondes' view is holistic:The Game Conservancy, the interrelationship of arable and non-food crops and Seeds each bring something to the estate, yet the whole is more than the sum of the parts".

 

"It is pleasing to see that Lady Sondes' concern for the countryside is contributing to maintaining a way of life and interesting to see how the diversification into new crops, a challenge for a lady left alone and with no training in farming, has opened new vistas in Kentish farming".

Tradition and Innovation in the Kent countryside - View the full article (pdf)

Kent Life - Jul 2004

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"Lady Sondes... has become one of Britain's foremost advocates of non-food farming".

Our green and pleasant land turns purple - View the full article (pdf)

The Daily Telegraph - Aug 2004

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"...the diversification elements and non-food crops for which Countess Sondes is a superb advocate."

"...we learnt enough to appreciate the Estate's position at the forefrong of cropping technology."

British Farmer and Grower - View the full article (pdf)

British Farmer and Grower - Aug 2004

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"...this singular lady of the manor threw herself into transforming the 4,500-acre Lees Court Estate into a model farm for the 21st century".

 

"The widow of the late swashbuckling Earl Sondes is quietly revolutionizing British farming as part of an ongoing romance".

The Countess’s Natural Harvest - View the full article (pdf)

You Magazine The Mail on Sunday - Sep 2004

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"Lees Court Estate, Kent... is being developed as a model of sustainable agriculture at the forefront of non-food crops research and production."

Fortune - View the full article (pdf)

Fortune Magazine (European Edition) - Sep 2004

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PWTV - Oct 2004

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"Determined to keep the land that her husband so loved, but mindful of the crisis in British farming, she [The Countess] began to think of alternative ways to secure its [Lees Court Estate] future. Her solution was ingenious: she pioneered the cultivation of non-food crops, such as hemp, calendula and echium for use in industry, pharmaceuticals, neutraceuticals, personal care products and bio-fuels."

"I thought of her life as a modern day fairy tale... I could see it had all the necessary ingredients."

The Lady - View the full article (pdf)

The Lady - Oct 2004

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