It is estimated that Clinton Devon Estates 1,900 hectares of woodlands in North and East Devon absorb 6,000 tonnes of carbon dioxide from the atmosphere each year. It therefore seemed ironic to us that in the early 2000’s we were transporting our low grade timber to North Wales to be processed into chipboard.
In 2007 Clinton Devon Estates converted an old farm building at Dotton near Newton Poppleford into a woodchip processing depot to allow wood from the lowest quality timber to be dried, chipped and stored within 10 miles of the woodlands in which they were grown. The woodchip now supplies the Estates’ woodfuel heating systems as well as local commercial customers. The development of the processing depot was supported by the Defra Bio Energy Infrastructure grant scheme.