Last week, Julian Smith CBE MP visited the Broughton Hall Estate.
During the visit Julian caught up with Roger Tempest, the custodian of the Broughton Hall Estate. Julian also met Kelly Hollik, the Estate's Rewilding Project Manager. The Broughton Sanctuary Nature Recovery Programme has been launched with the aim of leaving the sanctuary in a much healthier condition for generations to come.
Roger Tempest showed Julian a section of the Estate tree planting project, which is one of the biggest tree planting schemes in England. To date, they have planted over 230,000 trees in 2021. Julian was very impressed with the programme and looks forward to seeing the trees mature and seeing the environmental gains come into fruition in the coming years. Indeed, over one-third of the land is being transformed into a much wilder state. The Government's Nature for Climate Fund has been supporting the project.
Later on, Julian toured Avalon, the state of the art wellbeing centre on the Estate. He also visited the Bonds Clinic, which is a family run addiction treatment facility which has recently relocated to the Estate. Julian met with Dr Youssef Beanini who showed Julian around the new premises and explained about the services that they provide.
The Estate further has a number of different holiday homes which can be booked. They also run a number of different activities from foraging to forest bathing.
Julian Smith MP said, ‘It is brilliant that the Broughton Hall Estate have embarked on this rewilding journey to protect and restore nature. This will help ensure that nature and the environment is in an even better condition for future generations. I was also glad to see that the holiday homes are back open for guests and that the Bonds Clinic have set up their new premises on Estate. The whole Estate looks set to have a busy summer ahead'.