Farming, Forestry & Firewood
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.
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).
South Devon Logs supplies firewood, kindling and log sheds across South Devon. The logs are sourced from the Raleigh Estate, and are from sustainably managed forestry. 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 0797 959 4854 or for more information visit www.southdevonlogs.co.uk