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Environmental & Sustainability

Taking the privilage of owning this wonderful historic house & country estate seriously

Leighton Hall Estate forms 10% of the Arnside & Silverdale Area of the Outstanding Natural Beauty and takes pride in its Environmental & Sustainability projects that we quietly get on with.

The team have introduced good Environment and Sustainability practices across all aspects of the business, some are on a personal micro level, whereas others feed in and support the wider AONB strategy for the entire area.

Environment

  • Pollinator Projects – Bulb planting within the garden and woodland walk for early food source.
  • Forestry Management, such as coppicing, grey squirrel management to support the reintroduction of Red Squirrels and for rare butterflies.
  • Deer Management to support natural woodland regeneration.
  • Rural Skills Application – dry stone walling, hedge laying, maintenance of footpaths.
  • Restocking of Woodland & Tree Planting – re-establishment of woodland, planting of 30,000 trees.
  • Habitat Management – Future Project to plant Primroses for the rare Duke of Burgundy Butterfly.
  • Introduce Bees – We work with a local Bee Club and have establish an apery of up to 10 hives.

Environmental Projects

Rare Butterfly Species: The High Brown Fritillary Butterfly

Since the 1970s, the High Brown Fritillary Butterfly has declined in numbers by approximately 90%, and we are therefore very proud that the Leighton Hall Estate is one of only a few places where the precious Fritillary Butterfly survives.

This is due to our active programme of coppicing, as without it, when existing sites have become overgrown, the butterflies aren’t able to colonise. There are also plenty of limestone pavements across the estate with violets growing beneath the cracks that attract this beautiful butterfly with its distinctive brown spots and silver spangles.

For more information about these butterflies: https://butterfly-conservation.org

Sustainability

  • Food Waste Management – Composting of food waste from the Main Hall and Tea Rooms. We also donate fruit and vegetables from the garden to a local deprived school in Morecambe to support their food programme – nothing goes to waste!
  • Seasonal Food Growth – We grow and eat as many of our own fruits and vegetables as we can.
  • Energy Management – Upgrade to LED Light Bulbs, Light Time Management Switches in public areas, sourcing local companies as suppliers, sourcing local companies that manage their use of “single use plastics”.
  • We recycle – Paper, Cardboard, Plastic, Glass and Tin.
  • Replaced of old garden seating with Marmax Produces that specialize in produces made for recycled materials heading for landfill.
  • We have converted the generation of energy required for the central heating and hot water within the Hall, surrounding outbuildings, new learning facility and rental properties from an oil-based system to modern woodchip Biomass boiler.
  • Entry into Government environmental programmes to help the UK to become more environmentally friendly, sustianable and eventually Carbon Neutral.