Bulletin 134 – June 2017

Stranger Danger ……And like some boys who, unaware, Ranging the woods to start a hare, Come to the mouth of the dark lair Where, growling low, a fierce old bear Lies amongst bones and blood.                                              Lord Macaulay Well, the bears are...

Bulletin 133 – May 2017

The day we bought Staunton Harold Hall in April 2003, we turned off all the heating.  Lady Ryder had installed electric night store heaters, two hundred of them, and they were costing a quarter of a million pounds each year to run. New ways of heating this large house...

Bulletin 132 – 1st April 2017

Many readers will know of this estate’s forestry interests, in which connection I have been a long-standing member of the British Forestry Society.  Some months ago I joined an expedition to Albania to study work they are doing there to re-establish the elm trees. Elm...

Bulletin 131 – March 2017

Sunday 11th June 2017 – a date for your diary. On this day Staunton Harold will be hosting a major triathlon and showcasing itself to the world.  Our Ferrers Centre craftspeople, the Garden Centre and the church will all be open, plus extra catering facilities...

Bulletin 130 – February 2017

Squirrel Wars For more than forty years the grey squirrel has been woodland owners’ number one enemy. I have known foresters who have been driven to distraction over the pest.  On a tour of Forestry Commission woods in the north of England we were treated to Squirrel...

Bulletin 129 – January 2017

The Staunton Harold Estate is made up of the remnants of two ancient estates, with other pieces added at various times.  My parents bought Staunton Harold in 1955, and then the former Coleorton Estate in 1966.  They adjoin each other and were only separated by the...