Extending to circa 12,000 acres the Peel L&P Estate encompasses over 3,000 agreements covering farmland, woodland, gardens, garages and water. Ranging from Kent to Doncaster, but predominantly centred around Greater Manchester, the Estate has grown and developed from the original Bridgewater Estate acquired in 1983.
We build strong relationships with our Tenant Farmers who act as custodians for our property. Many of our Tenants have worked with Peel for multiple generations. Being a development company our Estates portfolio is constantly evolving as land is brought forward for development or changes management to provide ecological or social benefit.
Where circumstances permit we look to support our customers who embrace change and work with them to ensure continuity of their businesses where possible.
The Estates portfolio includes circa 700 acres of woodland. Some woodland benefits from public access via footpaths or permissive rights of way, some provides commercial recreational opportunities (Botany Bay Adrenaline Village) whilst other woodland areas benefit ecologically from limited access.
We undertake regular safety surveys of our trees, using qualified arboriculturists, to ensure that we provide a safe environment for the visitors to our Estate.
Our trees bring ecological benefit through providing wildlife habitats and also help the Environment by Capturing Carbon. We look to manage our trees proactively so that our woodlands can grow and thrive. We are preparing to enter our woodlands into a 10-year management plan with the Forestry Commission.
Land Managed for Ecology
We care about our environment and manage defined areas of land for the benefit of nature. Where possible we look to maintain some beneficial agricultural use on these sites, ensuring management regimes are sustainable in the longer term and enabling our Farmers to continue to benefit from the land that we own.
We work with stakeholders such as Natural England to consider the impact of land use upon the environment and explore the potential impacts of land use change.
Our portfolio includes between 300 and 400 land parcels let to residential property owners for garden/amenity use or to provide garages or parking spaces.
We have an extensive ground rent portfolio arising from previous Peel developments.
The Peel ownership includes many miles of footpaths, bridleways and permissive paths, together with a number of private roads. We are proud to provide our communities with extensive recreational opportunities for the benefit of their health and well-being.