Duffus Estate is a family run estate comprising four farms, a mix of residential and holiday lets, newly launched eco-cabin, redevelopment of the mansion house and policy woodland. The Estate is also the venue for Earthtime’s Forest School Nursery which aims to have the children outside for at least 80% of the time, but they do have a yurt in the grounds if the weather is particularly bad.
The children grow an ever-increasing selection of vegetables which they then harvest and eat in their own meals at lunch time. This hands-on knowledge of food and where it comes from is invaluable for children as they grow up. They keep our own chickens, ducks and sheep in the walled garden and know the children love coming to visit them and learn about them.
Duffus Estate provides office space for the social enterprise as well as the necessary grounds maintenance to ensure the safety of children and staff. Earthtime were chosen to be an educational hub during lockdown and provided 18 weeks of emergency childcare provision for 36 children of key workers or vulnerable families.