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1986 THE ASTOR FAMILY ESTATE

     The estate belongs to the Astor   
 Family and is made up of 2 distinct   
 farming types and geographical areas. 
 The old parkland measuring 500 acres  
 and an arable area of 1300 acres.     
     The old parkland is mainly clay   
 and is hard and unyielding with ridge 
 and furrows, a legacy of the strip    
 farming of the Middle Ages. It gives  
 good grassland and is ideal for       
 agisting(feed renting) for a vast     
 variety of beef cattle.               
     The lighter sandy/clay areas of   
 the areas around the park are ideal   
 for raising Winter Wheat and Barley.  
     The whole estate depends upon very
 modern methods of farming using       
 agronomists to check quality, aphid   
 controls and it relies heavily on     
 machinery, the whole estate employing 
 only 4 to 5 men.                      
                                       
 

Map of the area

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