Team

The Estate has a team led by farm manager Robin Aird. Robin manages three farm staff, two gardeners and a wood man.

Robin Aird

Robin completed a BSc(Honours) Degree in Agriculture at Harper Adams in 2000 before working as an operations manager on a large soft fruit and contracting business in Northamptonshire. In 2003 he moved to Charlton Park, Robin has undertaken various training including BASIS and FACTS as well as undertaking both the John Edgar Scholarship in 2007 and the Worshipful Company of Farmers Advanced course in Agricultural Business management in 2013

Chris Edwards

Chris Edwards operates the combine and seed drill and in the winter months cuts half the hedges across the Estate which equates to over 50km per annum

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Jason Wood

Jason Wood undertakes all the spraying on the farm and also carries out all the primary cultivations

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Joe Sterry

Joe Sterry is a trainee manager and is in charge of the variable rate fertiliser spreading.

Scott Stallard & Joe Partridge

Scott Stallard and Joe Partridge look after the private gardens.

Jamie King

Jamie King is the woodman and he is also responsible for the maintenance of the Christmas tree enterprise.

Arable

We crop 1200 hectares which is predominantly grade 3 land with a mix of soil types from gault clay, oolitic limestone and cornbrash. Minimum tillage is the cultivation strategy to reduce costs and aid crop establishment. All agronomy is performed in house with support from various professionals.

The farm has a recently updated grain storage facility. There is a 40T per hour drier and grain dresser and over 5,500 tonnes over storage. This gives the business the ability to store its own grain and clean and dry third parties.

Conservation

Wildlife conservation is a high priority on the estate and the farm has been in stewardship schemes for over 10 years. There are over 78 hectares of managed woodland on the farm and 30 hectares of environmental features such as wild bird food areas and grass margins to increase the declining numbers of wild birds. Due to the farms environmental habitats we have been able to go into conservation farming which has added a premium to all our milling wheat.

There is also a large area of grassland which is let on annual grazing licences to local business and horse owners

Contracting Services

Charlton Park can offer a wide range of services to reduce your costs and increase your margins using the latest machinery and technology. We can offer various services from ground works through to agronomy. We are part of a large buying group which reduces our input costs and have signed up to a major grain marketing company which gives us preferential contracts and payment terms.

Whole farm agreements and joint venture opportunities are available.

Machinery

  • GPS variable spraying, spreading and drilling.
  • Tined and Disced Cultivators with a seeder unit for one pass establishment
  • Hedge cutting and ditch cleaning.
  • JCB 3CX and 9.5 Tonne excavator for hire.
  • Ground work and track repairs carried out.
  • GPS Fertiliser Spreader