The History of The Elise Pilkington Charitable Trust

For about thirty years until she died in 1987, Elise Pilkington enjoyed her involvement with an agricultural, forestry and sporting estate at Hinchwick in the North Cotswolds, and with the garden she inherited whose layout dated back to the 1930s.

Her farm combined arable cropping and a grassland husbandry which supported suckler cows and Scottish half breed sheep. She involved herself in field sports and opened her gardens on behalf of charities devoted to animal welfare.

When she ventured away from home it was to show her own selected King Charles Spaniels or to judge those of others.

In the round, she was an interested and contented countrywoman: Conscious of natural cycles in shaping country and its creatures; appreciative of potential and excellence; respectful of decline and suffering.