07 December 2021
The traditional boundaries along the field edges at Murkside Farm, Egton have been the subject of a major restoration programme over the last 2 years. A number of contractors have worked extremely hard to give these important landscape features a facelift. Over 2000m of drystone wall have been restored and topwired to ensure they remain stockproof into the future. The final boundary hedge is being restored this week and will complete a monumental task which enhances the historic, landscape and biodiversity qualities of the area. The restoration works have received part financial assistance from our Countryside Stewardship programme.
07 December 2021
We have recently installed a number of new information panels across the Estate explaining about features of interest. New panels have gone in at Sandsend quarry, Foss Castle and Mulgrave Castle and makes up part of our extensive Countryside Stewardship scheme that we have developed over the last few years with Natural England.
07 September 2021
The Estate is pleased to announce an Estate team have signed up to take part in the “Walk 30 miles in September for Dementia UK.” As part of this challenge they will be walking 20 miles on the 18th September starting from Osmotherley along the Lyke Wake Walk and finishing at Blakey Ridge. Dementia Uk is a cause close to many peoples hearts and any support would be much appreciated. To support Ian, Amanda, John, Robert & Liz donations may be made via our Just Giving Page https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/mulgrave-castle
23 August 2021
In September our Estates Director, Robert Childerhouse, and our Maintenance Manager, Clive Tomlinson, have challenged themselves to walk the 84-mile length of Hadrian’s Wall over 3 days. The challenge, which is in aid of Saint Catherine’s Hospice, will start in Bowness on Solway in Cumbria and finish at Wallsend in Newcastle. Saint Catherine’s provide care and support at home and in the hospice for adults with a terminal illness, and to their families, and friends. Although the hospice is Scarborough-based, they provide care throughout 1,600 square miles of North and East Yorkshire, allowing a patient to remain as active as possible and make the most of every day. If you would like to sponsor Robert & Clive and help raise much needed funds for this valued charity, please visit our JustGiving page at
06 May 2021
Our resident Exmoor Ponies are on the move again around the Estate. We recently rehoused them at Sandsend Quarry to graze the coastal slope grassland. The grasslands here are becoming choked by gorse, bramble and rank grasses so the Exmoor’s are the ideal tool to combat this and get the flower and herb rich sward back into condition. The quarry is open to the public but please observe the signs on the gates and be responsible around the livestock. As we move the Exmoor’s around the various conservation grazing sites we are looking for volunteer pony checkers to keep an eye on them on a day to day basis and report any problems. If you walk to the quarry regularly and would like to volunteer for this do get in touch with firstname.lastname@example.org
20 April 2021
Quarry fencing underway at Deepgrove. Our contractors have made good progress recently with the new stock fencing that is being installed at Deepgrove Quarry, Sandsend. Around a mile of fencing around the boundaries of the quarry will allow for the introduction of conservation grazing with suitable livestock. This will prevent the area being swamped by gorse, bramble and rough grasses and enable the herb rich grassland underneath to flourish. Panels are to be placed on site as well to tell the story of this fascinating part of the Estate, it’s history, wildlife and connections with the local community at Sandsend
20 April 2021
Work is due to commence this week converting a complex of farm buildings in Lythe to a children’s day nursery with additional services such as a holiday club, toy shop and community space. Planning permission was obtained with a subsequent tender exercise during last year and Twenty-Five(York) Ltd have been appointed as the Principal Contractor. The buildings are owned by Mulgrave Estate who are part-funding the project.
24 February 2021
The Mulgrave Estate have recently added a number of native trees to the riverbanks at Beckside Farm. The trees, a mixture of Alder, Willow and Oak will add stability to the riverbank once the roots take hold as well as eventually providing extra habitat for riparian wildlife. Planting the trees is part of stage one on the scheme with a follow up over the next month or so with livestock fencing to prevent cattle entering the watercourse and causing siltation to the gravel beds lower downstream. Siltation causes the spawning grounds for several species of fish to become choked and reduces the chances of successful breeding within the watercourse. Mulgrave Estate have worked in conjunction with the River Esk programme at the North York Moors National Park Authority via it’s WEG scheme (Water Environment Grant).
24 February 2021
A number of enhancement projects that the Mulgrave Estate have undertaken have received attention from a film crew recently. The restoration of the traditional hedges at Kettleness were filmed with Runswick Bay providing the scenic backdrop. Our contractors are currently busy planting over 800m of new native hedgerow by the Cleveland Way up there and the whole story of landscape, history, benefit to wildlife and keeping alive traditional skills was told by staff, tenant farmer and contractor.
14 January 2021
Following recent changes to Government lockdown rules in England, we are writing to advise that we shall continue to undertake statutory compliance inspections, emergency repairs and routine maintenance work when they can be done within the scope of the guidance.
You should be aware that all Estate staff and contractors have been instructed that any works must be done in a Covid-19 secure fashion, strictly within the stipulations of Government guidance, and in accordance with a suitable Covid-19 risk assessment.
No works will be carried out in properties that contain an individual who is showing symptoms of Covid-19 or who has a confirmed case of Covid-19.