A unique historical estate on the banks of the River Dart in the heart of South Devon

The Raleigh Estate | Hole Farm | Dittisham | Dartmouth | Devon | TQ60JG
Tel: +44 (0)1803 722 340 | Email: info@raleighestate.co.uk

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Farming, Forestry and Firewood

Farming

Much of the character of the estate has been formed by the impact of agriculture over hundreds, if not thousands of years.  Across the whole of this area there’s evidence of prehistoric field systems, drovers’ tracks, hut circles and settlement enclosures.  Many of the existing settlements can be traced back to the 14th Century.


Typically for this part of the world, the Raleigh Estate has a wide range of farming activity including dairy, sheep, livestock, and arable.


Much of the estate is covered by DEFRA’s Environmental Stewardship scheme.  This is an agri-environment scheme that provides funding to farmers and other land managers in England to deliver effective environmental management of their land.

Firewood

South Devon Logs is a family-owned business supplying firewood across South Devon

All the logs are sourced from the South Hams area, principally from the Raleigh Estate, and are from sustainably managed forestry.  The majority of the logs are from wind blown trees that have been cleared as part of our ongoing forestry operations.  A mixture of hardwoods are available including Oak, Ash, Elm, beech etc.

All the logs have been seasoned and have a moisture content of around 15-20%.  Logs can be delivered within a 5 - 10 mile radius from Dittisham, near Dartmouth.

To make an enquiry please contact Nik on 01803 722 394 or 0797 959 4854

For more information visit www.southdevonlogs.co.uk

Forestry


The Raleigh Estate has some 250 acres of woodland. Much of this grows on the steeper slopes of the estate bordering Old Mill Creek and in the valleys leading down to the river.


The woodland on the estate is a mixture of broad-leaved trees such as Oak, Ash, Beech, Elm, Hazel, and softwood plantations of Larch, Douglas Fir, Norwegian Spruce.


The softwood plantations are grown commercially with regular thinnings and clear-felling. The hardwood plantations are left in a natural site with some coppicing. Wind-blown trees are generally cleared and used for firewood.


The woodland on the estate provides an important natural environment for all manner of flora and fauna. Much of the estate is within the South Devon Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) and some sites are listed as Sites of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI).