CHAIRMAN - Sir Andrew Buchanan Bt

A life-long sportsman, Sir Andrew has always particularly enjoyed country sports.  His grandfather was Chairman of the Pytchley and he agreed to support the Hunt’s creation and become the Four Shires’ founding Chairman.

Since the 18th century, Sir Andrew’s family has farmed at Hodsock Priory, now famous for it magnificent early spring snowdrops.  In 1966 the estate passed to Sir Andrew who moved to Hodsock Priory with his wife, Belinda and the whole estate is run in an environmentally friendly way.  In addition to bringing up their four children and running the farm and estate, they have always been active volunteers involved in many aspects of local and regional community life.  From 1991-2012 Sir Andrew served as Lord Lieutenant for Nottinghamshire, the Queen's personal representative for the County.

Hodsock contains one of the best snowdrop collections and displays in the country as well as hosting weddings.  The five acres of formal gardens containing snowdrops and other fragrant flowering winter borders are open around five weeks during February and early March, and attract visitors from all over the world.

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Sir Andrew and Lady Buchanan host a hound exercise in the autumn.  It is a perfect day for newcomers and novices.