Second Queens Award for Clinton Devon Estates

Second Queens Award for Clinton Devon Estates

Second Queens Award for Clinton Devon Estates

For the second time in five years, Clinton Devon Estates has been presented with the prestigious Queen's Award for Enterprise in the Sustainable Development category. 


The land management business, responsible for 25,000 acres across North and East Devon, is believed to be the longest established business ever to win the award.


With a history dating back 500 years to 1519, Clinton Devon Estates has proved that, rather than being locked in the past, it's at the very forefront of visionary business development.


John Varley, Estates Director for Clinton Devon Estates, said: "This award acknowledges, for the second time, our responsible stewardship and our effectiveness in managing a very complex countryside business based around a 500 year old estate.


 "Through the sensible development and careful conservation of our land, we are providing a fertile environment for business success while effectively preserving it for the benefit and enjoyment of future generations."


Among the businesses created and developed on the Estates are the Liverton Business Park in Exmouth, two organic home farms in East Devon,  a high-quality wooden gates business and the South West's premier equestrian venue, Bicton Arena.


Clinton Devon Estates also uses wood from its sustainable forests to produce woodchip which  fuels the biomass boiler at its Rolle Estate Office and similar boilers at Devon County Council and the alligator enclosure at Paignton Zoo.


During  a visit to  Clinton Devon Estates' head office, the Rolle Estate Office at Bicton Arena near Budleigh Salterton  (Thursday 8th July 2010),  Devon's Lord Lieutenant Eric Dancer, the Queen's representative in the county,  presented Lord Clinton with a crystal bowl.  The company is also entitled to use and display the Queen's Award Emblem for a period of five years as a symbol of its quality and success.  Winners will attend a special reception at Buckingham Palace later this month.


The 2010 award citation commends Clinton Devon Estates for demonstrating "significant ongoing achievement in all aspects of sustainability, with an array of new initiatives aimed at enhancing its environmental stewardship role, operational transparency and resource optimisation......Equally commendable is its desire to not just develop best practice, but disseminate this within its sector and beyond."


Clinton Devon Estates' successful business enterprises allow it to reinvest profit in managing the land for generations to come, including the East Devon Pebblebed Heaths, a Site of Special Scientific Interest. The Estates also plays a part in helping to sustain local communities by providing sports grounds, primary school and community allotments, affordable housing and business premises in many areas across North and East Devon.

…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

to set out against the Scots, the King’s enemies and rebels

– Instructions given by Edward 1 to John de Clinton on 8th April 1298, prior to him leading the Royal army to victory at the Battle of Falkirk. As a direct result the Clinton Barony was formed on 22nd July 1299

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

– Robert Lipscomb, Steward 1865 – 1892

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