Peter Wiggins-Davies: Report published

2016 Scholar, Peter Wiggins-Davies’ report is now available on the Nuffield International website. Below is the executive summary of his report, titled:‘Rural estates: objectives, governance and growth.’

Report Title       

Rural estates: objectives, governance and growth


Peter Wiggins-Davies


The Worshipful Company of Farmers and Savills

Countries visited

Germany, Greece, USA, and Australia


Objectives of the study tour: 

  • Fulfilment of the estate stewardship challenge
  • An understanding of objectives
  • Creation of strong governance
  • Investigation into the world of growth


  •  Estates are unique operations and are made up of six unique building blocks
  • To fulfil these building blocks a unique estate strategy is required
  • Once the building blocks are fulfilled, estates need a strong foundation
  • The most successful businesses have a “golden thread”
  • When evaluating growth projects, no one hat fits all
  • Estates are businesses with responsibilities, and are not charities


See Peter’s report at: