The Blenheim Estate has appointed a new Rural Manager to head up its land, farming and forestry management including food production and conservation management activities.
Rachel Brodie joins the dynamic Estate team following her role as Associate Surveyor at Strutt & Parker LLP in Oxford.
Her previous experience also includes being a Veterinary Nurse and she brings a diverse range of skills and experience to the multi-faceted role.
“Having viewed Blenheim from the outside as an inspirational place to work I am delighted to have the opportunity to take on this progressive and challenging role within such a dynamic Estate,” said Rachel.
“Blenheim is expanding the boundaries of what a traditional private estate is typified by, it’s not afraid to push beyond those historic constraints, utilise the assets at its disposal in an innovative way and become a leader in its field for creative and forward thinking.
“With my farming background I am also excited about being more ‘hands-on’ with lambing as well as having the opportunity to be involved in an exciting summer events season.
“Having a noticeably positive impact on the day to day management of such a diverse and dynamic estate, whilst helping to create landowner legacies for future generations is a key immediate aim,” she added.
“In addition, developing and raising awareness of Blenheim Estate’s rich natural heritage.”
“Blenheim offers more than just the magnificent Palace. There is also a wealth of diversity living and growing within the park, woods and fields around us,” she said.
“There is a complex ecosystem which is at the heart of where we live, work and play that falls to us in the Rural Department to manage.
“In a world of technology and computers, I always encourage people to look up and realise how stunning nature is, after all we use the time-tested elements of nature for the purpose of solving wider complex human problems in everyday life!” she added.
Alongside Rachel the Blenheim Estate has also appointed Jack Russell ‘Tattie’ as her assistant.