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Allhallows Contacts

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Allhallows Limited
Rousdon Estate Management Limited
Middle House
Rousdon Estate

Phone: 01297 444 734






Phone: 01392 688688


Estate Guidelines


Please advise the directors of any suspicious individuals or cars that do not seem to belong on the Estate. Whilst rare, there have been instances of petty theft and fly tipping.

Drainage System

The Estate drainage system is by septic tank and filter beds, draining into reed beds.

In order to ensure the proper working of this system, residents are asked and to only flush the 3 P's down the toilet (Pee, Poo, and Paper) and to use washing powders and liquids designed for use in such systems such a Ecover products. It is also important to ensure that materials that are not bio-degradable, fats and chemicals such as bleach, disinfectant, petrol, weedkillers etc do not enter the system. Residents’ co-operation in this will be much appreciated. Please see Waste Water Treatment.

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Beach Path and Access

The nature of the coastal area that Rousdon Estate occupies is well known for landslips and erosion. The path to the beach is reviewed annually and rebuilt as the coast slips away. Whilst precautions are taken as far as is possible, access to the beach can be hazardous and all care and due diligence should used when using the pathway. It is stressed that access is at your own risk. 

Car Parking

Adequate car parking is provided for individual properties and parking should be restricted to these areas. General parking around the Estate is NOT permitted and more importantly, attention is drawn to the fact that storage of boats/trailers is specifically excluded from transfer documents and is not permitted on Estate roads or car parks.


Paint colour for newer properties

Holly Green

BS 14C39 

CMYK 30;0;16;63

sRGB 66;94;79

Hex: #425E4F

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Domestic Rubbish

To be stored in secure bins and arrangements for collection of domestic rubbish by the Council is the responsibility of the individual property occupants. Rubbish should not be put in plastic bags and left outside houses or dumped on general Estate land.

Service Access and Building Practices

Building works, particularly materials and rubbish are to be kept within the curtilage of the individual property. The Allhallows director in charge of Infrastructure and Maintenance, Barry Moore, should be advised of how rubbish will be dealt with, i.e. skip, external building materials storage etc, prior to commencement of works.

Under no circumstances should any individual owner or contractor alter or redirect any mains services prior to gaining consent from Allhallows Limited in writing.


Speed on the Estate

Please observe the speed limit of 20 mph and drive with caution at all times.

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On the Estate dogs must be kept under control at all times.

Let Fields and Agricultural Management

The rent producing fields owned or managed by Allhallows are let to a local farming family for agricultural purposes. Any instructions or requests of any nature to them must only come from appropriate Allhallows directors so authorised by the Board.

Paint colour for older properties

Deep Brunswick Green

BS 381C 227

CMYK 24;0;15;71

sRGB 57;75;64

Hex: #394B40

or Black

Waste Water Treatment on Rousdon Estate

This is important information for all guests and residents of Rousdon Estate.

It is in line with Our Aim to manage the Estate in an environmentally pro-active way and to manage it for future generations.

Drainage on the Rousdon Estate is by septic tank and filter beds draining into a reed bed, which are owned and maintained by Allhallows Limited. With this type of system it is extremely important to avoid flushing the usual ‘foreign bodies’ down the loo and introducing non-dispersible material and chemicals into the system.

This note explains some of the mysteries of reed beds for effluent treatment.

Reed Beds

Reed beds are increasingly popular for the treatment of both industrial and domestic effluents, offering a simple, robust and cost-effective means of waste-water treatment. Reed beds have been applied to the treatment of domestic effluents in rural communities, where the relatively small volumes of effluent may mean that conventional systems are not cost-effective. They are also seen as 'green' water treatment technology, fitting in with the landscape and having ecological added value, through sustainability and by providing habitats for wildlife. In addition they have significantly reduced operational costs compared to a conventional biological effluent treatment system.

How do they work?

Reed beds have a high degree of physical, chemical and biological complexity. The treatment of effluent is achieved by a combination of the action of micro-organisms, the physical and chemical properties of the solid media and the reeds within the reed bed. The micro-organisms are the most important players in the treatment of effluents, utilizing the organic compounds present as a source of nutrition. The activity of the micro-organisms is influenced by both the reeds and the solid media.

Reeds survive in the waterlogged conditions of wetlands by transferring oxygen to their roots. This oxygen is utilized by the micro-organisms in the reed bed in their chemical action. Root growth also restructures the solid media maintaining channels through the bed. Furthermore, due to their spatial complexity, both aerobic (oxygen-rich) and anaerobic (oxygen deficient) conditions will exist in reed beds. This variation in conditions throughout the system results in a high diversity of microorganisms, improving the biological treatment capacity of the system.

What are the benefits of reed beds?

Reed beds have relatively low operational costs compared to conventional biological treatment systems. As flow through the system is governed by gravity, there are no requirements for pumping once the effluent is in the reed bed. Similarly, as aeration is facilitated by the reeds, there is no requirement for blowers to aerate the system. As such, there are no mechanical or electrical requirements

Reed beds do not produce sludge, a significant problem in the operation of conventional biological systems. Due to the ‘low tech’ nature of reed beds, there is no requirement for highly trained operators. As the degradation of the organic content of the effluent occurs within a solid matrix, it should be free from odour. As reed bed systems have a high diversity of microorganisms they have high adaptability to both concentration and content of effluents. They may adapt to diverse types and varying shock loads of effluents, including difficult waste-water containing organic compounds, such as chlorinated hydrocarbons, dyes and sulphur containing aromatics and heavy metals and pathogens. Additionally, pollutants will be captured, transformed or removed by physical (e.g. filtration) and chemical (e.g. precipitation) routes. For example, metals may be immobilised by cationic bonding with the solid matrix or by uptake into the reeds themselves.

Our reed bed system on the Rousdon Estate needs minimal maintenance: cutting the reeds down once per year in the winter, removal of debris from the reed bed and material from the filters. However… This is a biological treatment system and needs to be treated with respect.

It is important to ensure that non-biodegradable materials and toxic fluids are not introduced into the drains. Also it is important not to overload the system because the response to pollutants may take time as the biochemistry adapts. All these things will increase maintenance costs and regular bills for Estate residents and owners will rise.

So here we reiterate the guidelines given to owners and guests in the ROAR Welcome Pack and published in earlier editions of the ‘Rousdoner’ ……

Don’t allow nappies, sanitary towels, tampons, condoms, rags, non-toilet tissues and paper, or anything other than toilet tissue to be flushed down the loo.

Don’t put non-dispersible items such as neat disinfectant, bleach, petroleum fluids, fats, oils, or any chemicals down sinks or allow them to enter drains.

Most supermarkets sell ‘Ecover’ or similar toilet cleaners, spray cleaners, and washing products for washing machines and dishwashers. These are suitable for use with septic tanks and the estate drainage system.

Please ensure that you use them.

Mary Hansel

Allhallow's Director responsible for the Reed Bed System

(December 2014)

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