Farnley Estates is celebrating smashing its targets for teaching visitors about farming and conservation.
The 1,500 acre estate has welcomed almost 1,000 people over the past 12 months compared to its minimum target of just 20.
The targets are set by Natural England as part of the estate’s Higher Level Stewardship award.
Estate Director, Paul Sykes, said: “As part of our 25-year plan we’re looking to open up greater access to the Estate on a permissive basis.
“This year, we’ve tested the water by approaching local schools, colleges, Huddersfield university, and other community groups to see if they could benefit from access to our land.
“We were amazed at the response.
“We’ve discovered a genuine requirement for outdoor learning facilities, which is reflected in the 975 individuals that visited the Estate for educational purposes last year.”
As well as educational establishments, Scouting and community groups, including members of the Pennine Domestic Violence Group and Kirkburton Parish Council Youth Engagement Group, also took advantage of the Estate’s hospitality.
“The Estate covers such a diverse area of land that we can offer a range of activities and learning opportunities, including farming, conservation, history, ecology and astronomy,” said Paul.
“By utilising different areas of land for different groups, we can also limit the impact on local communities,” he added.
Farnley Estates is working to build on this year’s success and encourage even more educational visits during 2015.
Anyone interested in visiting should call 01484 665544 with their request.
To have your say on the future of Farnley Estates visit www.farnleyestates.co.uk/the-future .