We are extremely fortunate to be holding the 2019 Gloucestershire AGM at the Bromesberrow Estate by kind permission of The Hon Gilbert Greenall.
The Bromesberrow Estate is a traditional agricultural estate of 1,140 acres at the southern end of the Malvern Hills with good access to the M50 & M5. This vibrant business is engaged in agriculture, forestry, residential and commercial property. Approximately twenty-five people are employed in the various enterprises on the estate.
For most of the last two and a half centuries the estate income came from two arable farms, and grazing in the orchards, the parkland, and on Chase End Hill. Forestry has always been actively managed and now supplies firewood for the biomass boiler at Bromesberrow Place and wood burning stoves in rented property across the estate.
Over the last twenty-five years there has been active diversification. Former agricultural cottages and redundant farm buildings have been refurbished for residential and commercial tenants. There are 32 cottages and 7 commercial tenancies.
At the centre of the estate is Bromesberrow Place, a Regency Greek revival (grade 2*) house. Built in 1768. The house was remodelled for David Ricardo, the celebrated economist in 1820 for his son Osman. The architect was George Basevi, who was the first cousin of Benjamin Disraeli and famous for the Fitzwilliam museum in Cambridge and Belgrade Square and Pelham Crescent in London.
The estate has several acres of permanent pasture & arable farming and 194 acres of managed woodland which produces timber (Oak, Sweet Chestnut, Ash, European Larch, Douglas Fir, Norway Spruce), fencing materials and Sweet Chestnut coppice together with firewood, 90 tonnes of hard and soft wood thinnings cut sustainably each year.
The estate was one of the earliest to have a countryside stewardship agreement over 20 years ago and has a current HLS agreement with Natural England. It has a committed programme to maintain nature conservation and management of wildlife habitats.
The AGM formalities will be followed by a tour of some of the business park tenant businesses and a walk to the house via the gardens (including the restored walled garden) for drinks and canapés on the terrace (if the weather is fine) and inside the house if not.