Chester House Estate, located between Wellingborough and Rushden, is a £14.5 million project funded by Northamptonshire County Council and the National Lottery Heritage Fund. This tourist attraction, due to open in autumn 2021, will provide a place for visitors to learn more about the ancient history of the site, and its agriculture. There will be a café offering refreshments, and an education centre focusing on heritage, history, archaeology, geography, farming, sustainability and farm business diversification.
Students will be involved in all aspects of the Estate including the National Stewardship scheme and wildlife areas. Trainee chefs will make their mark in the café, and students will create educational programmes, become tour guides and carry out market research. The students will use the site to gain the practical knowledge of their course, working on all aspects of the site as it develops. Aspects include land management, social media finances and wildlife.
Vice-principal at Moulton College John O’Shea said:
“We are absolutely delighted to be forming a partnership with Chester House Estate. The opportunities the partnership opens for our students to gain real hands-on experiences across the whole project are incredible and we look forward to developing these further, and contributing to the development and evolution of the project.”
Image credit: Chester House Estate, Artist’s impression