21st May 2010
The final touches to Williams Wood were completed today.

The final touches to William’s Wood were completed today.

The small area, located on the Southern edge of Mornacott and comprising a dew pond surrounded by a few trees and bramble thickets had obviously been used as a local rubbish tip so

The final touches to William’s Wood were completed today.

The small area, located on the Southern edge of Mornacott and comprising a dew pond surrounded by a few trees and bramble thickets had obviously been used as a local rubbish tip some years ago. The final haul comprised three cookers, two fridges, various sinks and kitchen hardware in addition to old axles and various farm implements together with a huge quantity of plastic and general rubbish. Several skip loads later the area was cleared, planted with trees and properly fenced.

A central area was stoned up to allow for vehicle entry and it now provides a glorious viewing point over Mornacott and the surrounding area.


15th April 2010
Only Landrovers

Despite the initial larger financial outlay of buying Landrovers as opposed to competitor makes, we are now buying only Landrover vehicles for use at Mornacott due to their more robust build and higher residual values.

Despite the initial larger financial outlay of buying Landrovers as opposed to competitor makes, we are now buying only Landrover vehicles for use at Mornacott due to their more robust build and higher residual values.

We now have seven Landrover variants in use throughout the estate and are proud to be supporting the Solihull workers who make them. 


22nd March 2010
Tree Planting

The tree planting project finished today with 1,500 native broadleaf trees planted in conjunction with the Woodland Trust. 

The tree planting project finished today with 1,500 native broadleaf trees planted in conjunction with the Woodland Trust. The trees were planted by Army Cadets from North Devon as a part of their nationwide project to plant 150,000 trees to celebrate the 150th anniversary of the UK Cadet Forces.

The largest planting, which has been named ‘Octavia Wood’, after Octavia Hill the founder of the Army Cadet Force, comprises nearly 900 trees and is easily visible from the North Devon Link Road.

The young Cadets, all from C Company of the Devon Army Cadet Force, spent their whole weekend planting the trees, sleeping overnight in barns and enjoying an impromptu barbecue of spit roasted lambs on the Saturday night.  


15th February 2010
Renovation of Barn Cottage completed

Renovation works which have taken nearly one year were completed today in what has been an extensive rebuild of a wonderful old cob and stone barn.

Renovation works which have taken nearly one year were completed today in what has been an extensive rebuild of a wonderful old cob and stone barn.

The works were undertaken using traditional materials, cob, stone and slate and the resulting rebuild has blended sympathetically with all of the surrounding buildings. The reclaimed slates used in the rebuild were particularly difficult to source but fully justify the effort involved. 


7th January 2010
The Snow Arrives

The huge snowfalls over the last few days have made most local roads impassable.

The huge snowfalls over the last few days have made most local roads impassable.

Our Landrovers have been pressed into service helping local residents to get out, collecting post and doing the shopping. The beauty of the heavy snow covering takes some beating but the inconvenience, freezing weather conditions and blocked roads tend to make things more interesting! 


7th December 2009
Biomass Boiler installation

Today saw the final commissioning of our biomass boiler. Fuelled by woodchip, sourced entirely from wood clearance on the farm, the boiler will provide heat for all of the buildings and developments on the farm.

Today saw the final commissioning of our biomass boiler. Fuelled by woodchip, sourced entirely from wood clearance on the farm, the boiler will provide heat for all of the buildings and developments on the farm.

This is an exciting project as it will not only reduce our reliance on fossil fuels, thereby benefiting the environment, but also allows cleared wood to be effectively used for heat purposes as opposed to being wasted. A real “win....win” and thanks must go to local installers Treco for their effective management of the project. 


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