During the Covid-19 crisis, the Englefield Estate, which manages 14,000 acres of land and property in West Berkshire and Hampshire, is assisting local community wherever possible.
The Estate Office might be temporarily closed, but the team are working hard from home to continue with business as usual as far as possible and do what they can to help.
The Englefield Charitable Trust, established by the Englefield Estate, is one of a number of charities that has donated to the Greenham Trust’s work to establish an Emergency Fund. The Fund is available to benefit local charitable and voluntary organisations who are supporting the elderly and vulnerable people through this crisis in West Berkshire and north Hampshire.
To keep young minds active and to help parents and guardians who are home-schooling, the Estate has produced a series of downloadable activity sheets covering topics including arable farming, bird watching, wildlife and plants.
Designed to be both fun and educational, all the activities can be done from your home or garden and there are resources for children of all ages.
Produced by Englefield Estate’s Community and Education Officer Dr Liz Mattison, the activity sheets are designed to help children discover the natural world from their own homes and gardens. Liz said: “With many parents and guardians now teaching their children at home, we wanted to do what we could to help at this tough time.
“The Englefield Estate is proud to support schools and groups across our community and, in usual circumstances, we would be busy welcoming young people to the Estate throughout the spring and summer. While we’re all staying safe at home, we hope these worksheets will keep young minds active and thinking about the world around them.”
Richard Benyon, Chairman of Englefield Estate, said: “Whilst we can’t offer a hands-on learning experience as usual, these sheets are a great way for children to enjoy learning about the countryside and what is involved in helping to make it a great place to live, work and play.”
Working with the community
The owners of Englefield Village Stores in the West Berkshire village have been doing their bit to supporting the local community by providing delivering food packages for the elderly, vulnerable or those self-isolating. They are also keeping their shop well stocked for those who are able to get out to do their own shopping, allowing them to stay close to home.
The Estate team are also working directly with residents and businesses, as well as local organisations, for example the Parish Council and Church in Englefield, who have come together to co-ordinate offers of assistance from local residents and businesses during a time where some people are finding it hard to access the help they need.