The Estate has been instrumental in the setting up of the Cotesbach Educational Trust, an educational charity, which has now leased for 50 years three buildings on the Estate including a listed late 18th Century Schoolhouse, and is raising funding to restore them as an educational resource centre to serve the needs of the village and wider community. The Estate will continue to work together with the CET in what can be described as a symbiotic relationship, enabling visitors and students to the Schoolhouse to enjoy, benefit and learn from the educational resources around them on the Estate.
The Village Pond was created as a Millennium Project, with the Estate working in partnership with the Parish Council to create a new village amenity within an area of Tree Preservation on the Estate. Redland Lafarge helped to fund the project, and an additional £1,000 was raised through Estate fundraising events to pay for a new borehole in a village in Northern Malawi, thus helping to raise awareness of water shortage in the developing world through our local project, and demonstrating in practice the mantra: ‘Act local, think global’. The pond is leased for 50 years from the Estate by the Parish Council who organise an annual pond maintenance exercise in which as many villagers who want to can get involved.