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BREAKING DOWN THE UK’S TOP 50 LANDOWNERS


Aside from their impressive property portfolios, one of the most interesting things about the top 50 UK landowners is the trends that emerge when you look a bit closer at who makes the list.

Great Britain in 21st.Century


The UK is made up from approximately 60,000,000 acres the top 50 landowners currently control 7,331,243 acres which equates to over 12% of Britain’s landmass.



UK LAND OWNERSHIP 2021


  • 1 FORESTRY COMMISSION 2,200,000 acres
  • 2 MINISTRY OF DEFENCE 1,101,851 acres
  • 3 CROWN ESTATE 678,420 acres
  • 4 NATIONAL TRUST & NATIONAL TRUST FOR SCOTLAND 589,748 acres
  • 5 RSPB 332,000 acres
  • 6 RICHARD SCOTT, DUKE OF BUCCLEUCH & QUEENSBERRY 280,000 acres
  • 7 ANDERS HOLCH POVLSEN218,3648THE DUKE OF ATHOLL’S TRUSTS 145,000 acres
  • 9 UNITED UTILITIES 140,124 acres
  • 10 HUGH GROSVENOR, 7TH DUKE OF WESTMINSTER 140,000 acres
  • 11 DUCHY OF CORNWALL 135,000 acres
  • 12 DEFRA 116,309 acres
  • 13 CHURCH OF ENGLAND 105,000 acres
  • 14 DWR CYMRU CYFYNGEDIG (WELSH WATER) 77,975 acres
  • 15 JOHN WHITTAKER (PEEL GROUP) 70,000 acres
  • 16 SALTAIRE WATER70,00017CHEUNG KONG INFRASTRUCTURE HOLDINGS 69,294 acres
  • 18 MRH MINERALS 67,935 acres
  • 19 SHEIKH MOHAMMED BIN RASHID AL-MAKTOUM 63,000 acres
  • 20 HENRY SOMERSET, 12TH DUKE OF BEAUFORT 52,000 acres
  • 21 SEVERN TRENT 51,668 acres
  • 22 LAFARGEHOLCIM 48,557 acres
  • 23 ROBERT WARREN MILLER 36,000 acres
  • 24 HUGH LOWTHER, 8TH EARL OF LONSDALE 35,269 acres
  • 25 SIR JAMES DYSON 33,000 acres
  • 26 ROGER TEMPEST 25,516 acres
  • 27 ZAMBRANO FAMILY 25,340 acres
  • 28 COUNT LUCA RINALDO CONTARDO PADULLI DI VIGHIGNOLO 25,000 acres
  • 29 ANDREW RUSSELL, 15TH DUKE OF BEDFORD 21,474 acres
  • 30 STEFAN PERSSON 21,373 acres
  • 31 HARWORTH GROUP 21,000 acres
  • 32 EDWARD GUINNESS, 4TH EARL OF IVEAGH 20,664 acres
  • 33 HEIDELBERGCEMENT 20,534 acres
  • 34 CORLAND MINERALS 20,371 acres
  • 35 QUEEN ELIZABETH II 20,000 acres
  • 36 JOHN SAVILE, 8TH EARL OF MEXBOROUGH 20,000 acres
  • 37 HOMES ENGLAND 19,349 acres
  • 38 JOHN CLARK 18,119 acres
  • 39 MICHAEL STONE 18,000 acres
  • 40 SIR LYONEL HUMPHREY JOHN TOLLEMACHE, 7TH BARONET 17,908 acres
  • 41 RATHBONE BROTHERS 17,854 acres
  • 42 OSPREY CONSORTIUM 17,607 acres
  • 43 VALERO ENERGY 17,216 acres
  • 44 MICHAEL CANNON 16,001 acres
  • 45 RICHARD KELVIN-HUGHES 16,000 acres
  • 46 KEMBLE WATER HOLDINGS 15,987 acres
  • 47 PENNON GROUP 15,816 acres
  • 48 MERTON COLLEGE, OXFORD UNIVERSITY 14,707 acres
  • 49 TAYLOR WIMPEY 14,684 acres
  • 50 HONOURABLE ARTILLERY COMPANY 14,209 acres

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