Shooting has always been a big part of Woolley Estate for social and business purposes. Historically many deals and important social connections would have been made out in the field and the Estate hosted a shooting party that included King George V.
Today it is a much smaller family run-shoot that continues to enjoy the sport whilst being a member and following the guidelines of the British Game Alliance (BGA). The BGA ensures best practice for ethically reared game and the Estate sells the meat to local businesses and members of the community, ensuring the shoot is sustainable by minimising wastage.
Rearing pheasants and partridges also has a number of environmental benefits. Specially grown cover crops provide food and shelter for ground nesting and songbirds and the land managed for shooting also benefits from an increase in biodiversity and habitats. Game meat also has a much lower carbon footprint than mass-produced supermarket meats.