Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs visits the Rolle Estate Office

Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, Owen Paterson, has visited the Rolle Estate Office, in East Budleigh today (7th March 2014) where he met the Clinton Devon Estates leadership team who are responsible for the management of land and property across 25,000 acres of Devon.

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Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs visits the Rolle Estate Office

The Rt Hon Mr Owen Paterson was accompanied by East Devon MP Hugo Swire. He received briefings from Estates Director John Varley, Head of Property and Land - Leigh Rix, John Wilding MBE - Head of Forestry and Environmental Economy, Dr Sam Bridgewater - Nature Conservation Manager, George Perrott -Clinton Farms Manager and Finance Director - David Cobb.

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

Handing over something more valuable than we have today,

– Estates ethos

We are trustees for life of the countryside

– 22nd Baron Clinton, 2002

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

– Robert Lipscomb, Steward 1865 – 1892

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

– Robert Lipscomb, Steward 1865 – 1892