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  • Duchy College Prize Day 2014

    Duchy College Prize Day 2014

    Wednesday 2nd Jul 2014

    It was a great privilege to be invited to make a speech at the annual Duchy College Prize Day 2014. I discussed my career, my motivation and the concept of ‘life-long learning’ with an audience of talented college students, who will now go on to develop their own careers.

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  • An 1800's comparison

    An 1800's comparison

    Friday 6th Sep 2013 (John Varley – Estates Director)

    An 1800's comparison shows we are busier now than we have been since the 1800's!

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  • Himalalyan balsam: The effort continues

    Himalalyan balsam: The effort continues

    Wednesday 17th Jul 2013 (Carla Fanning - Estate Office and Project Administration Manager)

    Estate employees have been rolling their sleeves up (or down in this case due to the nettles) to help tackle the spread of Himalayan balsam across the Estate

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  • Estates perspective: Deer management

    Estates perspective: Deer management

    Friday 1st Mar 2013 (Tom Garner – Estates Ranger)

    March 2013: In response to news that over half of the UK’s growing deer population needs to be culled each year to prevent the devastation of woodland and bird life, here is an overview of the situation in East Devon:

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  • Pebblebed conservation trust carry out vital species-specific work

    Pebblebed conservation trust carry out vital species-specific work

    Friday 1st Feb 2013 (Dr Sam Bridgewater – Nature Conservation Manager)

    February 2013: This time of year finds the Pebblebed Heaths Conservation Trust carrying out vital species-specific work, giving our local heathland plant and animal life the best chance for survival.

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  • Team effort in flood management

    Team effort in flood management

    Saturday 1st Dec 2012 (John Varley – Estates Director)

    December 2012: It has been a busy fortnight since some of the worst flooding seen for many years caused devastation across Devon.

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…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

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

– Robert Lipscomb, Steward 1865 – 1892

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

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