The Bolton Estate is run for the benefit of the environment, local people, local business and visitors alike, and much effort is put in to protect this spectacular part of northern England whilst acting as a catalyst for local growth.
We work closely with national bodies such as Natural England, The Environment Agency, the Salmon & Trout Association and the Moorland Association amongst many others.
In December 2000, Harry Orde-Powlett of the Bolton Estate (The present Lord Bolton), received an important award from English Nature for the Estate’s work in regard to nature conservation on the SSSI’s, which make up over 2,000 ha of the Estate lands.
The Bolton Estate includes significant areas which have high nature conservation value. Approximately half of the heritage land is considered to be of outstanding scientific interest. Four Sites of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI) fall completely or partly within the heritage area. The largest SSSI, of which part is within the heritage area, is Lovely Seat – Stainton Moor SSSI which is also part of the North Pennine Moors Special Area of Conservation (SAC) and Special Protection Areas (SPA). There is also Ox Close SSSI which is also designated as a SAC. The remaining SSSIs are at Wanlass Grasslands south of the river Ure and at Thowker Corner.