Farming & Forestry

Farming & Forestry

Matfen Home Farms is a family business partnership operated by Sir Hugh Blackett, Lady Blackett and their son Henry Blackett.

Based from the Matfen Estate Office, Matfen Home Farms Partnership brings together trading activities across the Matfen Estate including:

  • Farming;
  • Woodlands;
  • Residential property lettings;

The Partnership runs a 1350 ewe flock under the watchful eye of Iain Bonn since 2020, ably assisted by Mark Hogg. Iain took over the management of the flock following the retirement of our long serving shepherd Malcom Oliver. The arable crops include wheat, barley and oilseed rape.  The woodlands are managed by the Partnership and supply Roundwood timber, which gets processed into chip for the woodchip boilers across the Estate.

The Partnership owns and manages a number of cottages and houses on the Estate, which are let on Assured Shorthold Tenancy agreements. The minimum rental term is one year. Details of availability of these properties can be found elsewhere on the website.