ESW is a Family run company which was founded in 1988

David was born in Northumberland and spent the majority of his childhood on private rural estates. His boyhood was spent, when not at school, out with gillies, gamekeepers and estate workers. In 1970 David came south to Wycombe Abbey School in Buckinghamshire and with his previous experience of estate work was subsequently offered the position of Estates Bursar. At this time this public school estate had an substantial acreage which included mixed woodlands, park grazing, playing fields, pleasure gardens and a Lake. The buildings, all of which were listed, also came under his control.

In 1984 the Family moved west to North Devon for David to take up a new position of Projects Manager for the Community Programme. This was a Government funded scheme for the long term unemployed to undertake Community based projects. These covered a range of rural skills throughout North Devon including the restoration of one of the last sand-carrying Barges that used to ply their trade up and down the Taw & Torridge estuaries. When the Community Programme Project ceased to exist ESW was formed.


Over the past 21 years ESW has become one of the most sought after and highly specialised professional Family-run businesses based in the South West. We offer bespoke and flexible services, coupled with a sustainable and dynamic approach.

Throughout this time our Clients have included:

  • National Rivers Authority (now the Environment Agency)
  • Wimpy Homes
  • Devon County Council
  • Devon Wildlife Trust
  • Coastal Footpath Providers
  • North Devon District and Torridge Council
  • Various Parish Councils and private land owners.

The Company was further enhanced and their scope greatly increased by the joining of Henry, David’s son, in 2008. Henry, from childhood, had been taken during his holidays to various sites where he watched work being planned and subsequently carried out on a range of rural and urban projects. This ultimately led to a deep interest in the environment which led him to gaining a Law Degree (including Environmental law) and an MSc in Environmental & Conservation Management. As part of this work he wrote a Dissertation on Disabled Access to the Countryside.

Coupled with his life time interest in horses Henry sought employment with the British Horse Society within the Access and Rights of Way department. He achieved the position of Senior Executive which involved the overseeing of projects, including various long distance and circular rides in England and Wales. Henry was featured on television on Country File undertaking one of these rides. During his time at the British Horse Society, Henry was asked to attend and represent the Society at various forums from local to Government level. In 2007 Henry led a pioneering visit to Sweden to promote our current Rights of Way, Legislation and Practices carried out in the UK.

In 2008 Henry wished to become actively involved with ESW and to develop a Consultancy Service specialising in Rights of Way and Rural Policies and Procedures. His has recently completed work for Bedford and Powys County Councils, The British Horse Society and as a specialist contractor for the Ministry of Defence

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