Second Queen's Award Recognises Clinton Devon Estates' outstanding sustainability credentials

Second Queen's Award recognises Clinton Devon Estates' outstanding sustainability credentials - 500 year old company is believed to be the oldest winner ever


Second Queen's Award Recognises Clinton Devon Estates' outstanding sustainability credentials

Second Queen’s Award recognises Clinton Devon Estates’ outstanding sustainability credentials - 500 year old company is believed to be the oldest winner ever A Devon-based organisation with a 500 year old history has shown it’s at the very forefront of visionary business development by winning a second Queen’s Award for Enterprise. Clinton Devon Estates has won in the Sustainable Development category of the UK’s most prestigious awards which recognise the country’s outstanding business performers. The Estates is believed to be the longest-established business to win an award. John Varley, Estates Director for Clinton Devon Estates, said: “In 2005 Clinton Devon Estates became the first landed estate in Britain to receive the Queen’s Award for Enterprise in the Sustainable Development category. It was a great honour and one we were told was unlikely to ever be repeated.

“To win again is an extraordinary achievement and a testimony to the vision and dedication of our team.”

The Awards are presented in three categories: International Trade, Innovation and Sustainable Development. Winners are entitled to use and display the Queen’s Award emblem for a period of five years.

 Clinton Devon Estates is successor to the original landed estate, owned by the Rolle family, which dates back to 1519. The Estates manage 25,000 acres in East and North Devon. The businesses created and developed on the Estates range from the Liverton Business Park in Exmouth and two organic home farms, to 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 create woodchip which fuels their own biomass boiler at their Rolle Estate Office headquarters and similar boilers at Devon County Council and the alligator enclosure at Paignton Zoo. In order to win the Queen’s Award for Enterprise in the Sustainable Development category, businesses must be able to demonstrate substantial improvement in business performance and commercial success to levels that are outstanding for the size of the applicant's operations, tied in with exceptional advance in sustainable development over two years or more.

In the Award citation, Clinton Devon Estates is commended 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.

Since it last won the Queen’s Award in 2005, Clinton Devon Estates has relocated to an award-winning, purpose built and environmentally sustainable head office situated in Grade One listed parkland at Bicton Arena near East Budleigh.

John Varley said: “We believe 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.

“Our aim is ultimately to demonstrate that it is possible for the countryside to be a place for people to enjoy while providing a platform for the economic activity necessary to sustain a viable local economy and society. 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

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

– Robert Lipscomb, Steward 1865 – 1892

Handing over something more valuable than we have today,

– Estates ethos

…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