The Lulworth Estate extends over 12,000 acres (20 square miles) of the south Dorset countryside, including 5 miles of the Jurassic Coast and internationally renowned landmarks such as Lulworth Cove and Durdle Door. Lulworth’s estate pedigree can go back as far as Doomsday times in the 11th century and beyond, and, since 1641, it has been owned and managed by the Weld family.
Although, traditionally an agricultural estate, Lulworth has been an innovator in diversification, being one of the first to recognise rural tourism, opening its doors to visitors in the early years of the twentieth century with the establishment of a holiday park, parking and coastal footpaths. Our pioneering initiatives encompass all our activities, farming, tourism, employment, housing and access, our built and natural heritage and even providing the first live tank firing range.
Our environmental management now covers nearly 30% of the Estate, both publicly and privately funded, land not managed for commercial gain, but for the protection and enhancement of the abundance of the natural heritage. Our ethos has always been to endeavour to maintain and improve the widest possible variety of habitats to maximise both the flora and fauna found on the Estate. We can boast about having more than 60% of British butterflies and even have one of our own, the Lulworth Skipper.
We have never forgotten our farming roots, the Lulworth Estate producing more than 25,000,000 litres of milk each year, much of which is destined for Marks & Spencer; if you buy your fresh milk from their food halls, you may be drinking milk from Lulworth.
Lulworth endeavours to manage an efficient modern business whilst retaining the best of the traditional values of a rural estate and is directly managed by James Weld and his wife, Sara.
I was particularly delighted by how many of the audience seemed to know and appreciate my work. As you know, authors are solitary creatures - mostly - and for me at least it's a real pleasure to have good reason to leave my work-room (a shed in the garden with a too-seductive view of the Cambrians) and meet and talk with readers and fellow writers (not forgetting that many of us are both).
All of us in the Hardy Society were very positive about 'our' first night and the subsequent events. I thought Tony's event with Rachel and Dinah worked very well with interesting conversations from the both of the women.
You and Paul must be very happy with the positive way Dorchester people are continuing to embrace the Festival, and in impressively increasing numbers. Congratulations to both of you.
Next year's dates are already in our diaries and we are looking forward to meeting up with you soon to discuss our involvement.
Thank YOU for hosting us so brilliantly on Sunday. Dad and I had a great time and were both really impressed by the very smooth running of your festival. It was a total pleasure being there with you, Helen, and the team. Congrats to all concerned on a job well done. It was fun to be a part of it.
It is really great to have a Literary Festival in Dorchester and I really appreciate all the hard work that goes into making it happen.
Going from strength to strength, well done!
Many thanks, and thanks again for a lovely event.