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Where Business Comes Naturally
Owners of Prestwick Park, Mike and Kim Wilson, were inspired by a desire to ‘tidy up' the approach to Prestwick Village and the surroundings of their much loved home, Prestwick Hall. Mike explains how the development of the business park came about:
"Farming is important and indeed Prestwick Hall Farm still flourishes today with an abundance of sheep and arable production adding enormously to the attractiveness of the surrounding countryside, particularly in spring when the lambs arrive. The cattle sheds were a mixture of ancient buildings and 1960's eyesores. Filling the grain tower was never popular locally because of the dust and everyone disliked the stench which accompanied the ritual opening of the silage clamp!
Since our objective was environmental improvement, we decided to aim for a high quality, not too large development using traditional materials, choosing a layout similar to the Oxford and Cambridge colleges which have pedestrian walkways and large areas of lawn.
Where possible, the original stone and brick buildings were retained and restored, but for the new build we created something modern, though using reclaimed Northumbrian stone from work being done at Tuggal Hall. We were fortunate that the timing of our construction coincided with the demolition of part of John Dobson's La Sargesse School, so we were able to secure some19th century slates which fitted in perfectly with what we were trying to achieve.
Providing a beautiful landscaped setting for the business park was a very high priority. Planting far in excess of the planning requirement took place after construction work had finished to enhance the car park and public footpath experience, with mixed hedge merging with the existing foliage in the grounds of Prestwick Hall as a back drop.
We believe we have enhanced the local environment and that the relatively small Prestwick Estate (350 acres) is playing its part in our community with landscaping, wildlife preservation, food production, cottage lets and a thriving business park".
Mike adds: “We see virtue in simplicity and strive to maintain the site immaculately not just in summer but throughout the year.