Over the past 20 years, the Estate has spent considerable time and effort on upgrading most of its residential property portfolio and adding to it by breathing new life into old farm buildings and converting them to residential.
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There are a range of units from converted traditional agricultural buildings to steel portal frame buildings and open storage spaces. All have commercial energy performance certificates.
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The Estate supports the need for new modern housing in our rural community, as well as the need to inject purpose and capital into our old traditional farm buildings. WEDL (Willey Estates Developments Ltd) has obtained planning permission for 4 new properties at Pound Crescent in Broseley, and 13 new properties at Bright Grove, with Planning for a further 18 off Avenue road. The proceeds of sale of most of these has gone towards the conversion of the old TB sanatorium in the woods into 11 fabulous apartments, and a further 11 unutilised farm buildings into new homes.
The Third Sector
The Estate is proud of its long history of supporting local and national charities.
Cricket clubs in both Barrow and Broseley, the village hall in Willey and the forest school site used by Barrow 1618 School and EKO (Educating Kids Outdoors)There is also a defibrillator installed in the disused telephone box in Willey village.
Home to the Cavalier Centre, Riding for the Disabled at Bradley, Broseley Life Skills at Posenhall and Stuart’s stable run by Crossbar coaching.
The Estate has 3 churches on its land, only one of which still holds services, at Barrow. Responsibility and maintenance for Linley church has now passed to the Churches Conservation Trust, and the Estate pays for and looks after the church at Willey.
Barrow 1618 CofE primary school is supported by the Estate and has had a member of the Forester family on its board of governors for the past 50 years, also the Slaneys Almshouses at Barrow, and the Lady Forester Residential and Day care centre in Broseley.
The Estate has supported fundraising for Alzheimers, Help for heroes, Riding for the Disabled, among others and supported the Broseley in Bloom initiative and the National gardens scheme.
Several members of the family still sit on the Lady Forester Trust, a charitable foundation originally endowed by the third Lady Forester, for the benefit of those, in Shropshire, who are sick, have a disability, or are recovering from an illness or injury. For further information on the LFT contact email@example.com
There are plans for a community nursery in the walled gardens at Willey, providing a haven for those wishing to experience the sustaining power of nature as well as a source of home grown trees to meet the demand required of the governments ambitious tree planting targets by 2050.
The CEO represents the rural economy on local and national committees.
The Estate has a number of paddocks available to rent for horse grazing, some with stabling and some without. There is also a livery yard at Atterley Farm Stables.
Access and Rights of Way
There are approximately 40km of designated public rights of way on the Willey Estate, but the Estate has added a further 10km of permissive rights of way – The estate funds 100% of the insurance, health and safety and maintenance and management costs of these latter areas, with the legal protection that they are permissive not permanent.
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