Leckford Estate comprises 4,000 acres in rural Hampshire. The farming estate is part of Waitrose and supplies its supermarkets, and also acts as a test bed for new methods, both in production and in developing the supply chain. Waitrose decided to integrate wind turbines and solar photovoltaics to cover the entire lighting and operation power needs of thirteen new automated chicken sheds in 2001.
A traditional waterwheel, pumping water for use by buildings on the estate, has been operating for decades on the River Test, which runs through the estate.
The estate is now looking in more detail at the opportunity to grow short rotation coppice on an area of farm land for use in the proposed biomass plant that will form part of the Bracknell town centre development.