The historic hall and gardens provide access to drone pilots
Kiplin Hall and Gardens has developed a drone access policy to allow enthusiasts to use the grounds for their hobby.
Two flying zones have been created on the historic property near Scorton – one over the lake and its shoreline and the other in an L-shape above the grounds of the estate.
Many historic sites have banned the use of drones, leaving pilots on the ground with no space to fly.
But Kiplin officials said there is also an emerging market of sites creating safe places to fly, with clear guidelines outlined in drone access policies.
Kiplin Hall and Gardens director James Etherington explained why they made the decision to allow pilots to fly at Kiplin.
“Kiplin Hall and Gardens is a large estate offering 90 acres of land and the lake. The estate has a long tradition of recreation.
“Built as a hunting lodge in the 1620s and throughout its life as a family home, Kiplin has hosted a variety of activities including boating, fishing, orienteering, walking and jogging. walk, even curling on the frozen lake in winter. As technology advances, so do our hobbies.
“As a place, we need to keep up with trends in how people want to enjoy our outdoor spaces. As an independent charity responsible for preserving the venue and grounds, we rely on ticket revenue to keep our work going. Bringing in a new audience of drone pilots will help us do this. The grounds of Kiplin have a lot to offer with ample space for pilots and regular visitors. Kiplin provides the perfect backdrop for drone pilots.
He added, “We worked with Drone-Prep, a specialist organization connecting pilots and landowners to create a policy that clearly defines when, where and how pilots can access our airspace.
“The policy is very detailed and precautions have been taken to safeguard the historic house and the environment.
“The flight zones mean drones will be a long way from this historic architecture of listed buildings and lobby. We will suspend access to the estate area during lambing season and assess any issues in the lake area during wild bird nesting season. We are delighted to launch our drone access policy.
“It’s a test for the fall months, which are often quieter for us, so we hope the riders will be a new crowd for us. Drones won’t alter the enjoyment of other visitors, and some might even find them a nice addition.
Chris Gorman, an aerial drone pilot and photographer with The Big Ladder Photographer, who conducted test flights at Kiplin as part of the creation of the policy, said this about the flying experience at Kiplin, said, “Kiplin Hall is a unique place for drones. users.
“Set in the beautiful Yorkshire countryside, the venue provides a wonderful backdrop for these breathtaking drone footage.”
Drone-Prep, which worked with Kiplin on this project, connects landowners and drone pilots to open up low-level airspace for safe and responsible drone flight.
They run a website and app that gives pilots and landowners the resources and support to plan flights and create safe spaces in which to fly.
Drone-Prep also participated in the UK’s first drone test flights delivering mail and PPE items to remote communities in response to the Covid-19 pandemic.
Claire Owen, co-founder and CTO of Drone-Prep, describes the mapping application they created and their approach when working with Kiplin.
Pilots wishing to fly to Kiplin Hall and Gardens will need to produce their leaflet ID, operator ID and insurance upon arrival, and will need to follow the UK drone code.
Pilots will need to be ticket holders to access the venue and will need to check in and out at the main reception.