Jason has been the estate manager at Knepp since 2000. He is responsible for developing new businesses on the estate as well as managing the existing enterprises, from meat production and agri-environment schemes to tourism and property.
He started at Knepp when the restoration of the Repton park around Knepp castle was in its planning phase and has been the lynchpin in the transition from conventional farming to rewilding.
"This has been the most fabulous adventure. I have learned so much about our natural history and am proud to have played my part in the estate’s evolution and restoration of its biodiversity, whilst converting much of the former agricultural infrastructure into rental units. After Issy’s infectious book, landowners who contact us want to see it for themselves and often want to consider replicating what we have done. The regime that funded the development of our rewilding project is changing, and we like other landowners are also searching for ways to ensure that our project remains financially sustainable. Happily, our much-improved biodiversity baseline will I’m sure stand us in good stead for the future, and we are delighted to be sharing our story with others."