Neighbours turn out in force for Clinton Devon Estates Open Afternoon
Nearly 150 local residents took the opportunity to enjoy an exclusive look at the new headquarters of Clinton Devon Estates at a special Open Afternoon held this week.
Villagers from Otterton, East Budleigh and Colaton Raleigh were invited to visit Clinton's award winning Rolle Estates Office at Bicton Arena on Tuesday. The building has already received numerous accolades for its design, construction and energy-saving features and had been officially opened by the Duke of Gloucester earlier in the day.
Among the "green" features on display - a carbon lean woodchip boiler, which provides heating for the building using timber harvested from the Estate, and a passive cooling system, which replaces air conditioning by harnessing cool night air.
Visitors were also given a chance to learn more about the 20 year restoration programme for the historic Grade 1 listed parkland, which is home to the Rolle Estates Office, and to find out the latest on Clinton Devon Estates' future plans in the local area.
As well as meeting members of the estates team, local residents were also able to talk to members of the Clinton family including Lord and Lady Clinton, their son Charles and daughters, Caroline and Henrietta.
Clinton Devon Estates manages 25,000 acres of land across East and North Devon, including, farmland, woodland, the East Devon Pebblebed Heaths and both residential and commercial properties.
Estates Director John Varley says; "While we are a private family business we aim to be as transparent as possible to our partners, stakeholders and the local community. So, we delighted that so many local people took the time to come to the open event and learn more about the work we are doing.
We are very proud of our new headquarters at Bicton Arena and the long term restoration programme for this beautiful and historic Grade 1 parkland. It was previously in a fragile state and although we are still in the initial stages of the 20 year project, we were very keen to share with our neighbours the progress we have made so far."