Belonging to the Forester family since 1740, Willey Park is located in the heart of rural Shropshire, close to the small market town of Much Wenlock, and boasts the longest running continuous game book in the country dating back to 1825. The Willey Estate came into the Forester family via the marriage of Elizabeth Weld to Brook Forester in the mid 1700's. John Weld, who was Lord of the Manor from 1618, used the heavy clay soil at Willey to his advantage and created fish ponds which were managed for trout fishing when he enclosed the park in 1625. Today these now ornamental lakes provide exciting sport with call duck put down to draw the wild mallard and teal. Not far from Coalbrookdale (one of the birthplaces of the Industrial Revolution) on the edge of the East Shropshire Coal field, both ironstone and coal were mined on the estate and the names of drives such as The Furnace and The Pump hark back to that long gone industrial era. Willey Park is surrounded by 2000 acres of lush parkland with many well placed woods providing sensational birds in awe inspiring surroundings. We pride ourselves here on producing quality pheasants, duck and partridge.
Willey is a wonderfully secluded shoot most of which is in a beautiful park. The house, gardens & lakes (around which you also shoot) are particularly attractive. The days are run most efficiently & always include elevenses, lunch in the house & tea. There are a great diversity of woods showing differing & challenging pheasants, as well as mallard, teal, partridge & woodcock. There is the additional benefit of good local places to stay. All in all I would highly recommend this shoot.20 Jun 2015
You can do no wrong by shooting on stunning estate\n\nWonderful host whom looked after our every need20 Jun 2015
I think it's about five or six years that John Browett and myself first started going to Willey Park and a year or so before that when Tom Childs first went with George and told us all of his very special time.\n\nWe have enjoyed some very testing shooting of both pheasant and partridge and on occasion duck amidst what can only be described as beautiful England captured between Shropshire's rolling hills. We are never disappointed with our day, and George is a very good host who most honestly conducts the whole day, and is genuinely worried to make the bag, even shooting till late to attain it. The team feel very much at home, without the feel of being over commercial . I hope George is successful with his venture and we hope to be involved with him for a long time to come.20 Jun 2015
I and always found the hospitality and general day all excellent20 Jun 2015
I have shot at many of the great English shoots in the Welsh marches and in Devon. I have hosted days at Willey and have never been disappointed by the quality of the sport and the beauty of the surroundings and the geniality of our host. It provides a first class days shooting without the feeling that one is at an industrial shoot. Rather to enjoy the timelessness of a stately home guest entertainment.29 May 2015