An 1800's comparison

An 1800's comparison shows we are busier now than we have been since the 1800's!

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An 1800's comparison

Back in the office full time after the Summer holidays.  

A cursory glance through the Estate archives, including volumes of letters by my 19th Century predecessor, Robert Lipscomb, indicates that there is more “going on” at the moment across the Estate than since around the late 1800s:  

200,000 trees planted, more tree diseases than at any time in our history;  projects being worked up to re-connect the River Otter with its flood plain, re-introduce grazing to the SSSI Pebblebed Heaths;  planning applications and approvals for over 550 homes; restoration of important historic buildings; construction of accommodation for a new 250 cow organic dairy herd – including a new access road; evaluating new solar PV opportunities; continuing investment in the innovative and exciting Tradewind Turbines and supporting Bicton Arena as it broadens its offering to a wide range of equestrian users…  and finding new ways to engage with and be more transparent to a very wide group of stakeholders.

Who said land management was boring...???

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Handing over something more valuable than we have today,

– Estates ethos

Do what you can to elevate your profession. It is an honourable one

– Robert Lipscomb, Steward 1865 – 1892

…and the Lord Clinton was, by the whole Council, brought to the King’s presence, who after like thanks was given, was pleased that he should be made High Admiral of England and one of his Privy Council…

– Official record of appointment of 9th Baron Clinton as Lord High Admiral for life on 4th May 1550

We are trustees for life of the countryside

– 22nd Baron Clinton, 2002

But our power for good or evil in this world’s affairs in a countryside is enormous

– Robert Lipscomb, Steward 1865 – 1892