Queen Elizabeth I, a portrait by the 16th century Exeter-born artist Nicholas Hilliard
Picture credit: Devon Clinton Estates
In total 653 British companies applied to achieve "Star Status" - 307 were awarded stars, only 48 have been awarded 3* status.
"I work in woodland management which is a very long term affair and this is a family business which thinks in the long term when it comes to stewardship of its land and assets," he says. "In UK forestry we have species which take 50 to 80 years to mature. Clinton Devon Estates have been in forestry for 400 years and understand the time scales involved, a rare thing in the modern business world."
"Clinton is also about diversity - these forests are not just for timber production but also for wildlife and public recreation. I work within a team of people who manage different facets of the business including farmland and heathland yet we all work together under the Clinton umbrella which is a great benefit in creating a diverse environment for wildlife and people."
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