Leckford Estate

Championing sustainable farming starts at home: a unique part of the Waitrose story is that we run our own farm.
Cows on the Leckford Estate
Cows on the Leckford Estate

The Leckford Estate was bought by our founder in 1928. It covers 4,000 acres in Hampshire and includes a farm, plant nursery and farm shop and a water garden.

Our farm produces crops, milk, meat, fruit and vegetables for sale in our supermarkets. A brand new concept farm shop has opened at the Leckford Estate, the Partnership's farm, putting the focus on local suppliers in terms of both construction and product sourcing. Called the Leckford Farm Shop, the new format building is the UK's first supermarket owned farm shop, offering locally and regionally produced food.

Longstock Park Nursery (www.longstocknursery.co.uk) sells a wide range of shrubs and plants which are also available for purchase online together with expert advice.

In May 2009 Waitrose become the first retailer to plant its own vineyard. Leckford Estate Brut 2011 is a blend of Pinot Noir, Chardonnay and Pinot Meunier grapes and is available in 27 branches, online and from the Leckford Farm shop.

Longstock Park Water Garden (www.longstockpark.co.uk), rated one of the finest gardens of its type in Europe, is open to the public from May to September, on the first and third Sunday afternoon of the month. Proceeds go to local charities.

Leckford Estate also has leisure facilities for our Partners, such as golf courses and fly fishing. It is one of our five locations around the UK exclusively for Partners with one year's service and their families and friends, who can take holidays there for a subsidised rate.