Waddesdon Estates manage a large and beautiful tract of land in Buckinghamshire on the north bank of the River Thame which includes Eythrope Park, Waddesdon Manor and surrounding farms. The estate is owned by Lord Jacob Rothschild who maintains it to a very high environmental standards and has secured Level 1 Environmental Stewardship status for all of the farmed land.
About 2 kilometres of the River Thame below Aylesbury are within the Waddesdon land, including a lake at Eythrope Park which was renovated a few years ago and which is a great source for wildlife including fish, birds and insects. The Estate takes care to minimise agricultural run-off from its land into the waterways through the reed beds and wildlife strips, which are also a great habitat for wildlife.
Following a serious pollution incident from Aylesbury Sewage Works in 2013, Waddesdon Estates were very strong supporters of the Save The River Thame initiative which sought to prevent future similar incidents, and to improve ecological conditions along the upper Thame. This initiative merged into the River Thame Conservation Trust in 2015 but the Estate’s support has continued. In 2016, the Rothschild Foundation generously provided grant funding for the building of this website, for which we are enormously grateful, as it is our most powerful tool in informing and engaging people concerning the River Thame
We look forward to continuing and developing our partnership with Waddesdon Estates in seeking environmental improvement and conservation along this beautiful river valley.