The Estate prides itself on its environmental credentials, participating in a multitude of stewardship schemes which fit in well with the organic management of the estate.
Alongside organic arable cropping a pedigree organic Sussex cattle herd has been established in recent years in addition to the rearing of organic Large Black pigs. The pork and beef produced is marketed locally to pubs and restaurants and much enjoyed by everybody.
Lord De La Warr is now concentrating on traditional (pure bred) Sussex cattle, as he feels strongly that they are becoming a threatened breed. The traditional Sussex cattle are believed to relate directly back to the Red cattle that the Normans found in the Weald of Sussex and Kent in 1066.
The Buckhurst Pedigree Sussex Herd is developing a reputation for producing a flavoursome and quality carcass and has been nurtured to establish a pure Sussex line. The Sussex Breed is world famous as efficient converters of grass to beef and given the organic status of the estate it is well suited to low input systems.
To learn more about the Sussex breed visit Sussex Cattle Society at www.sussexcattlesociety.org.uk