Rutland goes ‘wild’ as pre-planning application submitted

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An ambitious project fronted by the owners of a farming and land estate in Rutland could see native bears, wolves, and lynx reintroduced to the countryside along with other indigenous species, if local proposals are successful.  

With conservation at its heart, the aim is to turn over 1000 acres of land stretching from Burley Wood to the Oakham bypass, into Wild Rutland – an immersive visitor attraction, bringing with it employment opportunities and transforming the tourism landscape of Rutland.   

The Hanbury family, who have lived and farmed on the Burley Estate for centuries, believe now is the right time to embark upon the Wild Rutland project.  

James Hanbury said: “Like many farms in the UK, Burley needs to diversify in order to remain self-sufficient, but it has been a long-held dream of our family to develop a project that benefits the natural environment, builds upon what Rutland has to offer both residents and visitors and retains the integrity of the county.

“We hope that our proposal will be seen as complementary to what is already on offer in Oakham for nature lovers and provide a place where people can explore and learn more about indigenous species and their habitats. We sincerely

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