Estates forestry manager receives MBE for services to the environment in Devon

Estates forestry manager receives MBE for services to the environment in Devon

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Estates forestry manager receives MBE for services to the environment in Devon

John Wilding, Head of Forestry and Environmental Economy at Clinton Devon Estates has been appointed Member of the Order of the British Empire (MBE) for outstanding services to the environment in Devon. 

 The accolade is awarded twice a year by Her Majesty the Queen to those who have made a real difference in a particular field or have provided an exceptional local service which stands out as an example to others.  He is one of eighteen people in Devon who have been recognised in the Queen's Birthday Honours list, for exemplary work towards the environment, education, sport, the arts and improving communities.

 John Wilding is responsible for the day to day management of Clinton Devon Estates' 1,900 hectares of woodland in East and North Devon - a mixture of both commercial conifers and native broadleaf trees. Over the fourteen years he has been with the Estates, the management strategy has enabled a wide range of habitats for many plant and animal species to thrive such as the rare Nightjar.

The Estates forestry operations provide renewable woodchip energy supplies to regional businesses and FSC certified timber for the wood processing industry.  

John, who lives in Woodbury, East Devon said: "I'm thrilled to receive this accolade.  It's often thought that the countryside looks after itself, so it's fantastic to be recognised  for the work I'm doing in terms of land management, and forestry in particular". 

 Over ninety percent of Clinton Devon Estates woodland is open to the public.

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

– Robert Lipscomb, Steward 1865 – 1892

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

We are trustees for life of the countryside

– 22nd Baron Clinton, 2002

…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