Bideford Buzz

Welcome to the  on-line edition of the Community Newsletter for Bideford   and adjoining towns, villages, and rural area.

‘Bideford Buzz’ is produced  by a team of volunteers and relies on our local community for articles.   If you are interested in supporting this newsletter we’ll be glad to hear from you.

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Editor – Rose Arno (Bideford Buzz).        

Telephone 07929-976120, or E-mail: editor@bidefordbuzz.org.uk

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Shipping notes No. 208 (July).

Bideford Quay.

No shipping since last issue.

Appledore.

The main news this month is that H & W have secured a contract to refurbish HMS Quorn, prior to the vessel being taken over by Lithuania. The work is expected to take considerable time, and the contract is thought to be worth about £55 million.

Yelland Quay.

No shipping.

Bristol Channel Observations.

1/7 at 09.08 vehicle carrier Emerald Leader, 12,300 tons d.w., owners Francis Maritima S.A Norway, inward bound for Portbury. At 13.40 chemical tanker Stolt Guillemot, 4,696 tons d.w., owners Stolt Guillemot B.V. Netherlands, outward bound from Barry having sailed at 09.48.

2/7 at 12.04 container vessel Fort St Marie, 30,804 tons d.w., owners CMA CGM Holding & Co SA France, outward bound from Portbury having sailed at 07.21. At 14.44 cargo vessel Verena, 3,794 tons d.w., inward bound for Newport.

3/7 at 15.20 bulk carrier Edelweiss, 81,946 tons d.w., inward bound for Portbury.

4/7 at 06.39 cargo vessel Damsterdijk, inward bound for Avonmouth. At 08.11 vehicle carrier Grande Roma, 14,900 tons d.w., owners Grimaldi Line of Italy, inward bound for Portbury. (Seen again at 14.14 5th having sailed from Portbury at 09.39).

5/7 at 17.43 cargo vessel Marant, 3,699 tons d.w., outward bound from Avonmouth having sailed at 11.15. At 18.15 cargo vessel Bergen, inward bound for Newport.

7/7 at 05.04 cargo vessel Sambogracht, owners ukuir Maritime SA Norway, outward bound from Portbury, having sailed at 00.39.

8/7 at 07.15 cargo vessel Hav Snapper, 2,767 tons d.w., owners Hav Bulk As Norway, inward bound for Cardiff. At 07.44 cargo vessel Stefany, 3,710 tons d.w., owners Stefany Maritime Ltd Turkey, inward bound for Cardiff. At 0751 vehicle carrier Coral Leader, 12,164 tons d.w., owners Fujyinward, bound for Portbury.

9/7 At 05.50 cargo vessel Wilson Dundalk, owners Wilson Shipowning A/S Norway, inward bound for Newport. At 05.45 cargo vessel Suurhusen S, 4,261 tons d.w., owners Deb Velvet Marine Co Ltd Turkey, inward bound for Cardiff. At 06.41 cargo vessel Tucana, outward bound from Newport having sailed at 0014. At 06.50 cargo vessel Arklow Forest, 4,504 tons d.w., owners Arklow Shipping ULC Eire, outward bound from Avonmouth having sailed 00.53. At 10.26 bulk carrier Shandong Fu You, 81,781 tons d.w., inward bound for Portbury. At 11.24 vehicle carrier Autosun, 6,670 tons d.w., owners Uniperassoal Madeira, inward bound for Portbury. At 13.50 cargo vessel Eems Dart, inward bound for Sharpness. At 21.23 vehicle carrier Neptune Galena, 11,260 tons d.w., owners Aristotle Shipping Ltd Greece, inward bound for Portbury.

10/7 at 06.13 container ship Containerships Boreaup, 20,200 tons d.w., outward bound from Portbury having sailed at 01.16. At 0704 cargo vessel Arklow Valour, outward bound from Avonmouth having sailed at 00.59. At 07.31 cargo vessel Verity, inward bound for Newport. At 09.45 bulk carrier Aastun, 6,100 tons d.w., owners Aasnes Bulk AS Norway, inward bound for Avonmouth. At 16.05 self-discharging bulk carrier Yeoman Bank, 38,997 tons d.w., owners Yeoman Bank Ltd UK, inward bound for Portbury. At 16.29 self-propelled crane barge Gulliver, 10,429 tons d.w., inward bound for Weston Super Mare to place new attraction in place.

12/7 at 12.07 vehicle carrier Grand Benelux, 12,594 tons d.w., owners Grimaldi Line of Italy, inward bound for Portbury. At 12.55 vehicle carrier Splendid Ace, 19,893 tons d.w., owners Mitsui Auto Carriers Express Japan, outward bound from Portbury having sailed at 08.51.

16/7 at 05.05 cargo vessel Karewood Pride, 6,315 tons d.w., owners Genova Shipping Ltd Ukraine, outward bound from Avonmouth having sailed at 21.45 15th.

20/7 at 20.55 vehicle carrier Morning Cecilie, 22,699 tons d.w., owners Eukor Car Carriers Inc South Korea, inward bound for Portbury.

22/7 at 05.15 cargo vessel Celtic Ambassador, owners Charles W Willie Cardiff, inward bound for Cardiff.

26/7 at 08.06 vehicle carrier Grande Spagne, 12,594 tons d.w., owners Grimaldi Line of Italy, inward bound for Portbury. At 11.30 cement carrier Chemsky, 4,256 tons d.w., owners Cemsky Schiffiffarhts GMBH Germany, inward bound for Newport.

Regards,

Norman.

Below, photos from my collection –

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Summer events at Northam Burrows.

This summer, head to Northam Burrows Country park for a packed programme of family friendly fun! The free events kick off on 26th July with the Fairy Trail, and then every Tuesday and Thursday afternoon between 2-4pm, until the end of August.

Start your summer of adventures by joining the famous Burrows Fairies for an afternoon of crafts and a unique self-guided tour of the Burrows. The trail will help you discover and explore the coastal habitats around the dunes, but don’t forget to count the Fairies along the way!

There are also events for budding scientists and explorers! Tap into your inner marine biologist and join the Marine Conservation Society project team for a fun, family friendly science project. If exploring is more your thing then link up with the Bumblebee Conservation Trust and the Rangers for a ‘Bumblebee Safari!’.

Ahoy, Me Hearties! Avast Ye, have you heard about the buried pirate booty on the Burrows? The Rangers need your help on the Pirate Trail tracking down the treasure mysteriously lost for centuries; and don’t worry, no one will be walking the plank or visiting Davy Jones’ Locker!

The events are free and no booking is required, but please be aware that summer toll charges are still in place. Little explorers must be accompanied by an adult and appropriate clothing and footwear is advised. Pirates and explorers love their food, so some snacks and drinks may be a good idea too or why not visit the onsite galley, the Pebble Ridge Kitchen Café. Meeting places vary throughout the programme, so please find all the details at www.torridge.gov.uk/northamburows or www.facebook.com/northamburrows.

More information on the events can be found at www.torridge.gov.uk/northamburrows or call the Burrows Centre on 01237 479708.

Rockpool Ramble, 16th August.

Bumblebee Safari, 18th August.

Pirate Trail, 25th August.

Sandcastle Competition, 30th August.

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Explorer app for visitors to Northern Devon.

North Devon UNESCO Biosphere launches sustainable tourism App for visitors to Northern Devon!

North Devon UNESCO Biosphere have launched a new web app aimed at visitors and residents, to highlight the fantastic experiences available in the area, while helping to reduce pressure on the popular hotspots.

The North Devon Explorer web app will provide real time information on traffic congestion and weather and aims to help people find the hidden gems in and around our biosphere, spreading the visitor load and economy.

The North Devon Explorer app will allow visitors to:

  • Discover the range of activities our biosphere has to offer, including natural and cultural highlights; walking and cycle trails; gardens, nature reserves and wildlife; museums and stately homes.

  • Find their nearest visitor information centre

  • View current weather information at their chosen destination

  • Check tide times at coastal points

  • Locate EV charging points across the area

  • Identify traffic congestion

  • View a range of hospitality related businesses certified by the North Devon Biosphere Business Partner Eco-Accreditation Scheme.

  • The App also provides visitors with a guide through the towns across the area through reciprocal links to the dscvr app, launched by Torridge and North Devon Councils last year.

    Andy Bell, Biosphere Service Coordinator, North Devon UNESCO Biosphere says:

    We have designed this app to help give visitors to northern Devon access to a range of experiences that will add to the quality of their stay in our area. With up-to-date weather and traffic information, they can avoid busy hot spots and get more enjoyment by connecting with our wonderful environment and culture

    The project was developed and part funded under the Interreg Channel programme through the BioCultural Heritage Tourism Project co-ordinated by North Devon UNESCO Biosphere. This project’s aims were to demonstrate how tourism growth can be compatible with regions of very high environmental quality.

After months of work behind the scenes getting this app created, tested and refined, I’m delighted that we are now able to launch North Devon Explorer, just in time for the summer holidays! I urge all accommodation providers to mention the app to their guests in their pre arrival information or welcome packs, as an extra layer of service and to help us spread the visitor load this summer” – Sarah Jordan, North Devon Explorer Project Lead.

The project was also part funded by The Tarka Country Trust, in line with their objectives for the conservation of sites and education for all.

The App can be found herewww.northdevonexplorer.com

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From tiny acorns …………

……. grow mighty oaks! Keep an eye out for Jack and Lola’s oak trees in the Kenwith Valley!

Muddy boots and big smiles! Jack and Lola Heard will never forget the time they joined the Burrows Rangers, and Marion Fanning from the Friends of Kenwith Valley Group, to plant two trees they reared from acorns found on the Tarka Trail.

The brother and sister duo regularly join mum Stephanie, dad Phil and Nani to walk and explore the Tarka Trail between Great Torrington and Bideford. With Nani’s encyclopaedic knowledge of plants and trees, Jack and Lola love nothing better than collecting bits and pieces of nature they find along the trail. It was just outside of Great Torrington that Jack stumbled across two acorns, one of which was rather mouldy! Once safely stashed away the acorns were transported home and planted into two pots; but it wouldn’t be long before the saplings would outgrow their pots and need a new home.

It was time to contact Torridge District Council, where the Northam Burrows Rangers were on hand to suggest the Kenwith Valley Nature Reserve as a good site for the trees. Tree planting is an incredible way for the younger generation to connect with nature and the Rangers were really impressed with Jack and Lola’s attitude to get stuck in and help plant the trees.

Torridge can report that the love for nature continues to this day at the Heard household. Jack and Lola are now growing lemon trees, apple trees, orange trees and pumpkins. The orange trees are proving a little difficult to grow. Let’s hope the pumpkins are ready for Halloween!

Torridge District Council’s Lead Member for Climate Change, Councillor Peter Hames, said: “Jack and Lola’s enthusiasm and awareness is truly inspirational! They are both great role models in recognising the importance of nature. The planting of trees helps to combat C02 emissions making the air cleaner for humans and wildlife. Re-connecting woodland habitats and planting appropriately is one simple way to increase the diversity and function of our countryside. It will be lovely for both to walk through the valley and pick out the great oaks they planted together! Well done Jack and Lola!”

The Burrows Rangers run volunteer events throughout the year to help take care of this wild and beautiful spot. If you are interested in getting involved contact them on 01237 479708 or email: northam.burrows@torridge.gov.uk

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Shipping notes No. 207 (June).

Bideford Quay.

No shipping since last issue.

Yelland Quay.

No shipping

Appledore.

Al Avocet left the shipyard at 15.50 4th, returning to her home base of Langstone on the south coast. Photos below –

Bristol Channel Observations.

1/6 at 14.50 bulk carrier Asturian, 6,100 tons d.w., owners Easiness Bulk AS Norway, inward bound for Port Talbot. At 16.19 cargo vessel Arklow Clan, 5,094 tons d.w., owners Arklow Shipping ULC Eire, outward bound from Sharpness having sailed at 09.32.

2/6 at16.14 vehicle carrier Coral Leader, 12,164 tons d.w., owners Kujyukuir Maritima SA Norway, inward bound for Portbury.

3/6 at 10.34 cargo vessel Madicken, 3,785 tons d.w., owners Irving Management Ltd Lithuania, inward bound for Newport. At 11.54 cargo vessel Wilson Davina, 3,666 tons d.w., owners Wilson Shipowning AS Norway, inward bound for Avonmouth. At 11.57 cargo vessel Wilson Dundee, 3,269 tons d.w., owners Wilson Shipowning As Norway, inward bound for Avonmouth.

5/6 at 05.07 bulk carrier Nordic Stavanger, 56,172 tons d.w., owners Nordic Hamburg Group GMBH Germany, outward bound from Portbury having sailed at 00.01. At 05.07 vehicle carrier Autosun, 6,670 tons d.w., owners Uniperssoal |Ltd Madeira, outward bound from Portbury having sailed at 22.49 4th.

6/6 at 05.03 bulk carrier Great Sea, 52,934 tons d.w., owners Sea 192 Leasing Co Ltd Norway, outward bound from Portbury having sailed at 23.53 5th.

7/6 at 05.55 vehicle carrier Grande Detriot, 12,353 tons d.w., owners Grimaldi Line of Italy, inward bound for Portbury. At 06.49 vehicle carrier Neptune Dynamis, 6,850 tons d.w., owners Dymanis Shipping Co Ltd Greece, outward bound from Portbury having sailed at 02.54. At 06.52 patrol vessel HMS Severn, Royal Navy, outward bound from Cardiff having sailed at 12.18 6th. At 11.35 hrs self-discharging bulk carrier Yeoman Bank, 39,997 tons d.w., owners Yeoman Bank Ltd U.K., inward bound for Portbury.

8/6 at 14.02 vehicle carrier Vega Leader, 16,396 tons d.w., owners Aires Del Mar Compania SA Japan, inward bound for Portbury.

10/6 at 10.03 vehicle carrier Autosun, 6,670 tons d.w., owners Uniperssoal Ltd Madeira, inward bound for Portbury.

11/6 at 05.55 tanker Stolt Fulmar, 5,498 tons d.w., owners Sea 137 Leasing Co Ltd Netherlands, inward bound for Barry. At 06.34 vehicle carrier Victorious Ace, 18,396 tons d.w., owners Mitsui Auto Carriers Express Japan, outward bound from Portbury having sailed at 01.43.

13/6 at 08.50 vehicle carrier Grande Detriot, 12,353 tons d.w., owners Grimaldi Line of Italy. At 09.59 bitumen tanker Iver Brilliant, 6,239 tons d.w., owners Vroon Netherlands, outward bound from Newport having sailed at 04.59. At 18.07 bulk carrier Faith, 28,414 tons d.w., owners Emblem Shipholding SA Greece, inward bound for Avonmouth. At 21.23 vehicle carrier Swallow Ace, 18,864 tons d.w., owners Mitsui Auto Carrier Express Japan, outward bound from Portbury having sailed at at 17.03.

16/6 at 05.15 cargo vessel Arklow Cape, 5,085 tons d.w., owners Crinnis Shipping Ltd Netherlands, inward bound for Swansea.

17/6 at 22.30 hrs vehicle carrier Spica Leader 14378 tons d.w. owners Nippon Yusen Kaisha Japan inward bound for Portbury. At 22.35 hrs vehicle carrier Grande Spagna 12594 tons d.w. owners Grimaldi Line of Italy, inward bound for Portbury.

20/6 at 09.13 cargo vessel Hav Dolphin, 3,041 tons d.w. owners Hav Coasters AS Norway, inward bound for Avonmouth.

24/6 at 09.10 vehicle carrier Grande Florida, 15,853 tons d.w., owners Grimaldi Line of Italy, inward bound for Portbury..

25/6 at 06.15 vehicle carrier Adriatic Highway ,17,232 tons d.w., owners Kawasaki Kisen K.K. Japan, inward bound for Portbury. At 07.05 cargo vessel Faro Mar, 5,234 tons d.w., owners Maxime Vertom-Bojen Germany, outward bound from Swansea having sailed at 02.35. At 12.53 cargo vessel Eems Solar, 3,410 tons d.w., owners Solar BV Netherlands, outward bound from Birdport having sailed at 04.38.

27/6 at 08.47 container vessel Ensemble, 9,137 tons d.w., owners J.R Shipping Netherlands, outward bound from Portbury having sailed at 03.33. At 08.30 cargo vessel Wilson Luga, 2,518 tons d.w., owners Wilson Shipowning AS Norway, outward bound from Swansea having sailed at 04.19. At 18.13 cargo vessel Arklow Forest. At 21.32 hrs vehicle carrier Grande Portogallo, 12,594 tons d.w., owners Grimaldi Line of Italy, outward bound from Portbury having sailed at 17.11.

29/6 at 16.28 vehicle carrier Capetown Highway, 21,767 tons d.w., owners Kawasaki Kisen K.K Japan, inward bound for Portbury. At 20.11 bulk carrier Nora, 180,000 tons d.w., owners Han Zheng Ltd Marshall Islands, inward bound for Port Talbot.

30/6 at 10.41 tanker Stolt Guillemot, 4,676 tons d.w., owners Stolt Guillemot B.V. Netherlands, inward bound for Barry. At 11.23 vehicle carrier Neptune Gallena, 11,260 tons d.w., owners Aristotle Shipping Ltd Greece, outward bound from Portbury having sailed at 05.46.

Regards,

Norman.

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First annual review of TDC’s carbon, environment, & biodiversity plan.

Torridge District Council has published the first Annual Review of its Carbon, Environment & Biodiversity Plan. The document includes a baseline carbon footprint for the Council and identifies practical ways in how this can be reduced.

Torridge District Council is one of 300 councils nationwide to have declared a climate emergency in response to the growing evidence of the impact climate change is having on our environment, population and communities. In 2019 it signed the Devon Climate Emergency declaration and agreed to support the district to reach net zero carbon by 2050.

As part of this commitment councillors agreed to focus on reducing the council’s impact on the environment and has built consideration of environmental effects of its activities into its decision making and projects. Carbon emissions have already been reduced by over 16.3% at the Council and the Carbon Management Programme is updated and reviewed annually.

Last year, the council completed the refurbishment of the Northam Burrows Visitor Centre, where materials from the old centre were reused as extensively as possible. Other components were upgraded to better insulation properties to add to the overarching green environmental approach adopted for the project, with significant carbon savings per year.

The Council has also completed major refurbishments at their leisure facilities in Northam, Holsworthy and Torrington Pools, including heat recovery and air conditioning systems replacing old and less efficient plant.

 

The recent actions build on the introduction of solar panels on council buildings, installation of electric vehicle charging points across the district, electric council vehicle purchases, solar powered parking metre installations and a change in ethos to implement low impact methodology wherever possible.

Torridge District Council’s Lead Member for Climate Change, Councillor Peter Hames, said: “Since publishing our Carbon, Environment and Biodiversity Plan last year we have completed a carbon audit of all of Torridge’s buildings and operations. Based on this we are now able to progress an array of projects which will reduce the Councils greenhouse gas emissions. We know that we need to be doing more, and this first review of our plan provides greater focus for the Council.”

You can find the Carbon Management Plan on the council’s website here: https://www.torridge.gov.uk/carbonplan

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“Nightwalk” – Filleigh, 10th September.

www.nightwalk.co.uk

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Mega Composting arrives in Westward Ho!

Westward Ho! Park selected for new composting product trial.

Earth Friendly Foodware (EFF) is announcing Westward Ho! Park as the exclusive UK community testing site for the newly launched HOTBIN Mega Composter. As a North Devon Biosphere Business Partner, EFF is committed to promoting, wherever possible, composting waste as an alternative to landfill to help protect local soils.

In the UK Government’s 25 Year Environment Plan, reversing soil degradation and restoring fertility is an aim to be achieved by 2030. UK soils store an estimated 10 billion tonnes of carbon, broadly equal to 80 years of annual UK greenhouse gas emissions. Unfortunately, soil is a limited resource under pressure from climate change, population growth, urban development, waste, pollution and the demand for more (and cheaper) food. Soil holds 3 times as much carbon as the atmosphere, it reduces the risk of flooding by absorbing water, it is a wildlife habitat and it delivers 95% of global food supplies.

We are delighted to see our local Park selected”, stated Andrew Cross, Managing Director, Earth Friendly Foodware. “One of the commitments we made when joining the Biosphere programme was to promote composting to residents, communities and businesses as a preferred waste outcome. Hopefully, this initiative can push composting to the front of people’s minds when deciding how to dispose of their natural waste.”

HOTBIN is focused on re-educating people that home composting can really make a significant impact on how much waste is diverted from landfill using a composting system that is safe, easy to use and can recycle a wider variety of waste. The HOTBIN Mega is the latest hot composter to follow on from the success of the HOTBIN Mini (RHS Chelsea Product of the Year 2019) and the original HOTBIN (Gardeners World Magazine Best Buy 2021).

Westward Ho! Park is an ideal community testing site”, commented Sue Whetnall, Head of Business Development and Marketing, HOTBIN. “We considered many factors including the interest from the local council and community. The HOTBIN Mega is an ideal composter for large houses, allotments and community planting areas. After much deliberation, Westward Ho! Park became the leading choice due to its investment in community gardening and local commitment to protecting the environment.”

Westward Ho! Park is a green space which sits at the heart of Westward Ho!. The park has free-to-use hard tennis courts and a recently installed children’s playground. Around the park volunteers look after the planting, from beds and borders to a sensory garden and community vegetable planters. Northam Town Council purchased the Park from Torridge District Council, with the support of the local community. (This came after news broke from TDC in 2015 that there were plans to use most of the land for a development of houses).

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Shipping notes No. 206 (May).

Bideford Quay.

18th Tug Goliath alongside Bideford Quay. She then sailed for Yelland, and subsequently standby duty at Lundy.

Appledore.

Al Avocet believed due to leave 2nd June.

Yelland Quay.

Deo Gloria arrived from Liverpool to commence dredging on 12th. 13Th2 trips. 14th 2 trips. 15th 2 trips. 16th 2 trips. 17th 1 trip. 18th 1 trip (vessel off Coombe Martin for most of the day). 19th one trip. 20th 1 trip. 21st 1 trip 22nd 2 trip. Thereafter returned to her base on the River Mersey at Garston.

Bristol Channel Observations.

3/5 at 08.30 tanker Stolt Pelican, 5,797 tons d.w., owners Stolt Pelican BV Netherlands, inward bound for Barry. At 20.30 vehicle carrier Grande Sicilia, 12,353 tons d.w., owners ACL Management AB Sweden (Grimaldi Line of Italy), inward bound for Portbury. At 21.05 cargo vessel Drait, 3,650 tons d.w., owners Aciric C.V Netherlands, inward bound for Sharpness.

6/5 at 07.40 bulk carrier CS Calvina, 37,456 tons d.w., owners Campbell Shipping Co Ltd Bahamas, inward bound for Newport. (Seen again outward bound 11.40 14th having sailed from Newport at 06.22).

7/5 at 12.35 container vessel CMA CGM Fort St Marie, 30,804 tons d.w., owners CMA CGM Holding & Co SA France, outward bound from Portbury having sailed at 08.21.

8/5 at 14.25 vehicle carrier Vega Leader, 16,396 tons d.w., owners Aires del Mar Compania SA Japan, outward bound from Portbury having sailed at 09.22.

9/5 at 13.33 cargo vessel Alsterdiep, 4,164 tons d.w., owners Intership Navigation Co Ltd Cyprus, inward bound for Avonmouth. At 15.14 bulk carrier Aasnes, 7,182 tons d.w., owners AS Aasnes Bulk Norway, inward bound for Avonmouth.

10/5 at 07.35 cargo vessel Dingtelborg, 3,136 tons d.w., owners Wagenborg Shipping BV Netherlands, inward bound for Swansea. At 08.15 cargo vessel Pinta, 2,795 tons d.w., owners Pinta Interscan Shipping GMBH Germany, inward bound for Newport. (Seen again at 11.45 12th outward bound from Newport having sailed at 06.10). At 13.24 vehicle carrier Garnet Leader, 21,020 tons d.w., owners Ray Car Carriers Israel, inward bound for Portbury. (Seen again 19.40 11th having sailed at 14.56, outward bound from Portbury).

11/5 at 09.58 vehicle carrier Grande Anverso, 12,353 tons d.w., owners Grimaldi Line of Italy, inward for Portbury. At 11.18 tanker Stolt Pelican, 5,797 tons d.w., owners Stolt Pelican BV Netherlands, inward bound for Barry. (Seen again at 2025 13th having sailed from Barry at 16.00). At 11.15 vehicle carrier Autosun, 6,670tons d.w., owners Uniperssoal Ltd Madera, inward bound for Portbury. At 11.21 bulk carrier Aikaterin, 63,514 tons d.w., owners Procrest Shipping Greece, inward bound for Newport. At 18.53 cargo vessel Lady Mary, 3,612 tons d.w., owners Imel Abdena Vertoom Bojen Germany, inward bound for Swansea.

12/5 at 11.30 bulk carrier Princess Margo, 63,500 tons d.w., owners Progress Shipping SA Greece, inward bound for Port Talbot. (Seen again outward bound at 09.58 14th having sailed from Port Talbot at 07.12). At 20.02 vehicle carrier Durban Highway, 18,906 tons d.w., owners Kawasaki Kisen KK Japan, inward bound for Portbury.

13/5 at 0601 cruise ship Hanseatic Nature, 15,651 tons gross, owners Hapag – Lloyd Cruises German, inward bound for Lundy. She sailed approx 12.00 for Ilfracombe (see photo below), and eventually sailed from there at 14.30 heading for Skomer Island near Milford Haven. At 20.50 tanker Amaranth, 6,405 tons d.w., owners Bluether Shipping Co Cyprus, outward bound from Portbury having sailed at 15.00.

Photograph of the Hanseatic Nature at Ilfracombe after visiting Lundy Island.

15/5 at 06.47 cruise ship Hebridean Sky, 4,200 tons gross, owners Hebridean Shipping Inc USA, inward bound for Lundy. At 10.12 vehicle carrier Sunshine Ace, 18,858 tons d.w., owners MOL Auto Carrier Express Japan, outward bound from Portbury having sailed at 05.35. At 10.50 bulk carrier Aasfjord, 6,053 tons d.w., owners Aasne Bulk Norway, inward bound for Port Talbot. (See again at 10.10 hrs 16th outward bound having sailed from Port Talbot at 06.48). At 14.45 cable ship Responder, 10,144 tons d.w., owners Tyco Responder Inc USA, outward bound from Avonmouth having sailed at 08.49.

16/5 at 14.35 container vessel CMA CGM Fort St Marie, 30,804 tons d.w., owners CMA CGM Holding & Co SA France, outward bound from Portbury having sailed at 10.49. At 15.13 vehicle carrier Grande Napoli, 14,565 tons d.w., owners Grimaldi Line of Italy, inward bound for Portbury.

17/5 at 07.10 bulk carrier Seastar Titan, 30,439 d.w., owners Norbulk Shipping Ltd UK, inward bound for Avonmouth. At 20.38 vehicle carrier Grande Italia, 12,594 tons d.w., owners Grimaldi Line of Italy, inward bound for Portbury. (Seen again outward bound at 05.03 19th having sailed at 00.57).

18/5 at 06.10 vehicle carrier Autosun, 6,670 tons d.w., owners |Unipessoal ltd Madera, inward bound for Portbury. At 06.15 cargo vessel Maestro, 2,953 tons d.w., owners Caribbean Shipping Ltd Lithuania, inward bound for Sharpness.

19/5 at 06.07 cargo vessel Arklow Rogue, 4,933 tons d.w., owners Invermore Shippng Ltd Eire, inward bound to Sharpness.

21/5 at 06.48 cruise ship Island Sky, 4,200 gross tons, owners Island Sky Shipping Inc USA, inward bound for Lundy. Sailed approx 2100 for Skomer.

22/5 at 04.45 vehicle carrier Neptune Dynamis, 6,850 tons d.w., owners Dynamis Shipping Greece, inward bound for Portbury. At 18.30 cargo vessel Verena, 3,794 tons d.w., owners Verena Hermannrd Lohmann Germany, inward bound for Newport.

23/5 at 05.44 vehicle carrier Autosun, 6,670 tons d.w., owners Uniperssoal Ltd Madera, inward bound for Portbury. (Seen again at 08.51 24th outward bound from Portbury having sailed at 03.52). At 13.45 cargo vessel Hav Snapper, 2,767 tons d.w., owners Hav Bulk As Norway, inward bound for Newport. At 16.54 tanker Stolt Pelican, 5,797 tons d.w., owners Stolt Pelican BV Netherlands, outward bound from Barry having sailed at 13.04.

26/5 at 07.00 cargo vessel Alsterdiep, 4,164 tons d.w., owners Intership Navigation Co Ltd Cyprus, inward bound for Birdport. At 07.53 cargo vessel Celtic Crusader, 5,500 tons d.w., owners Charles M Willie & Co Ltd Cardiff, outward bound from Cardiff having sailed at 02.08. At 18.13 vehicle carrier Michigan Highway, 17,673 tons d.w., owners Kawasaki Kisen K.K. Japan, inward bound for Portbury. At 18.16 bulk carrier Berge Bintumani, 177,890 tons d.w., owners Berge Bintumani Co inc Singapore, outward bound from Port Talbot having sailed at 14.38.

27/5 at 05.03 cargo vessel Stefany, 3,710 tons d.w., owners Stefany Maritime Ltd Turkey, inward bound for Newport. At 08.45 bulk carrier Aasvik, 4,319 tons d.w., owners AS Aasnes Bulk Norway, outward bound from Port Talbot having sailed at 05.27. At 11.33 vehicle carrier Beluga Ace, 15,425 tons d.w., owners Leo Ocean/Ttoke Kaiun Japan, inward bound for Portbury.

28/5 at 07.34 cargo vessel Huelin Dispatch, 3,390 tons d.w. owners Huelin- Renouf Channel Isles, inward bound for Avonmouth. At 17.40 tug Pullmoor, 78 tons d.w., owners Whitstable Marine Service Ltd UK, outward bound from Sharpness towing grain barge, destination Gosport. At 19.47 vehicle carrier Grande Texas, 15,853 tons d.w., owners Grimaldi Line of Italy, inward bound for Portbury.

29/5 at 0953 container vessel MSC Sandy, 113,4019 tons d.w., owners Milan Shipping and Trading Cyprus, outward bound from Portbury having sailed at 05.43. At 10.28 vehicle carrier Autosun, 6,670 tons d.w., owners Uniperssoal Ltd Madera, inward bound for Portbury. At 11.32 bulk carrier Adarose, 12,497 tons d.w., owners Adarose Shipping Ltd Turkey, inward bound for Newport. At 12.11 bulk carrier Aasnes, 7,182 tons d.w., owners Aasnes Bulk A/S Norway, inward bound for Avonmouth.

30/5 at 09.44 vehicle carrier Neptune Dynamis, 6,859 tons d.w., owners Dynamis Shipping Ltd Greece, inward bound for Portbury.

Regards,

Norman.

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‘Natural Capital Marketplace’.

‘The Natural Capital Marketplace’ launches with a large carbon offset order from Devon County Council.

Farms are unique in their ability to transition from a ‘carbon emitter’, through ‘net-zero’, to creating a positive impact to CO2 emissions and the climate emergency. No other sector has the same potential to do this, and it offers farmers new income opportunities, through carbon offsets, nutrient trading, flood protection and biodiversity credits.

However, up until now, it has been incredibly hard for farmers to access reliable information and funding in this new market to implement these ‘natural capital’ approaches and realise the new revenue and environmental benefits.

The Natural Capital Marketplace (NCM), launched this month across Devon, seeks to change that and make it easy for farmers and landowners to plan, implement and benefit from these opportunities, like tree planting, peatland restoration, habitat improvement, in exchange for new revenue from the sale of resultant benefits. The launch has been marked by a large carbon offset order from Devon County Council.

The NCM has been developed over the last two years by the Biosphere Foundation (the non-profit trading arm of the North Devon UNESCO Biosphere), in partnership with the Environment Agency & Siemens. The NCM platform is built on Siemen’s technology and has been designed to scale nationally and internationally.

For example, delivery partners could implement the creation of culm grassland areas, herb-rich meadows, wetlands, woodlands and river-bank habitats. These improvements improve the environment for wildlife and local people and help address climate change by absorbing carbon dioxide from the atmosphere and reducingfloodrisk. The farmer is rewarded for these benefits through new incomestreams and the creation of tradeable environment services such as carbon & biodiversity credits.

Further, the NCM provides landowners with a route to market for the sale of these credits to environmentally responsible customers who have demonstrated their commitment to carbon reduction and align with the UN’s (United Nations) Sustainable Development Goals (SDG’s).

Dr. Lawrence Couldrick, CEO of Westcountry Rivers Trust, added “The NCM is a great way to pair the buyers and sellers of ecosystem services together, and delivery groups like Westcountry Rivers Trust can work in the middle to ensure that the benefits are met. These private-on-private transactions will be an important part of our landscape and need careful planning to articulate with other public schemes whilst still supporting farmers to grow high-quality food.”

The Foundation welcomes Devon County Council (DCC) as the 1st purchaser of carbon credits through the NCM platform. By placing an order for nearly 2,500 tonnes of carbon credits from the Natural Capital Marketplace towards offsetting its carbon footprint, Devon County Council has affirmed its commitment to ensure its carbon reduction strategies also contribute to the local economy.

DCC’s Environment & Sustainability Officer Doug Eltham said: ‘We have been tracking the development of the Natural Capital Marketplace for some time, and its ability to provide carbon credits from projects right here in Devon, which then keep the associated benefits for nature and communities local, is exactly how

DCC wishes to deliver its net-zero commitments. It can be difficult to be certain that carbon storage is happening if the project is occurring elsewhere in the UK or overseas.’

David Collier, NCM Operations Manager, added; ‘we are delighted that Westcountry Rivers Trust and Devon County Council have recognised the potential of the platform, and we are now urging Devon farmers and landowners to get in touch for free advice on how they can benefit from natural capital projects on their land holdings.”

Find out more at https://app.naturalcapital.market/ , or email David.collier@biospherefoundation.co.uk

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The Huntshaw Church bells project.

Huntshaw’s Historic Bells drop into the limelight – After 500 years!

For over a year the ‘Friends of Huntshaw Bells’ have been raising money through grants, sponsorship and events and have raised so far £17k. There is a long way to go yet to get the full £30k needed, but last month saw a big step on the way.

Because Taylors of Loughborough (the Bell Founders) had a slot in their work schedule come free due to a cancellation they were able to come down and over a 3 day period remove the bells as a first step.

The tower in its present form was added to church in 1439 with 3 bells sitting on a framework of oak trusses; but over the centuries with decay in some of the trusses the bells have been sinking under their own weight making them unringable for the past 20 years, plus also needing attention with new fittings and bearings etc – plus one of them needs specialist welding as it is cracked.

The earliest bell, the tenor, dates from 1505 and was cast by Thomas Gefferies in Bristol, and this will be the first time it has seen daylight in 500 years! The other two are more local, one being cast in in Exeter in 1665 and the other in 1634 by “WK” in Barnstaple – this one is believed to be only 1 of 8 known to exist in the country. We still have some grant applications lodged which we hope will come to fruition soon, but our next event is: –

The Art and Science of Bells and Bell Ringing.” – On Sat 14th May 2.30pm – with Ian Campbell.

Entry free but donations welcome.

Ian will bring an 8 ft high bell stand and large bell into the church to demonstrate ringing in the “up” position and when down. He will also bring a set of handbells and volunteers to demonstrate change ringing, and on his laptop connected to speakers he will demonstrate the “Magic of Bells.” – Ian says his talk will be more like ‘entertainment’ than a talk and afterwards everybody will have a chance to try to ring the bell. Whilst this is happening there will be Cream Teas (with pink bubbly), Devon Guild of Ringers displays and models to view, and activities for the children with some small prizes for them, a bell-shaped cake raffle and a “guess the weight” of a handbell (the handbell being the noisy prize!).

In renovating we also found a pristine 600-year-old hand-made nail in the bell chamber, so at about 4pm we’re going to hold an auction for it – just for Fun! (It will be framed and with certificate of provenance).

Further ahead: – on the afternoon of Sunday 17th July we are holding a “Walking Treasure Hunt” of about 3 to 5 miles ending at the church with a “Beer and Burger BBQ!”

For further info, or to become a sponsor, contact rsears2017@gmail.com

The 1505 Tenor bell comes down – first time in 517 years!

In transit.

In transit.

Ready for the off.

New steel UB goes up as replacement support.

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Do you have a property to let?

Torridge District Council is promoting a scheme to lease properties from private owners to provide homes for those in need. In exchange private sector landlords are being offered a package of support and help including financial incentives, secure rental income and hassle-free letting.

Torridge District Council have been keen to stress the benefits for property owners, which include:

A competitive rental income paid monthly in advance and guaranteed for the duration of the lease – even if the property is empty.

No letting agent or management fees, as the Council finds a suitable tenant and manages the property.

No liability for Council Tax or utilities even when the property is empty, as the Council will cover these costs.

No expense or hassle resulting from a tenant causing damage (accidental or otherwise), as the Council will arrange and pay for these repairs.

A guarantee that the property will be returned to you in the same condition it was leased (excluding fair wear and tear).

Guaranteed vacant possession at the end of the lease.

While all types of property are in demand, the Council are particularly keen to hear about 1 bedroom or larger 4-5-bedroom family homes. But the Council are looking to work with any landlord and any size of property.

As well as looking for landlords to lease properties from, the Council are also keen to stress their other role in helping landlords across the district to find suitable tenants, paying the deposit and rent in advance to minimise any delay for a landlord in letting a property.

Councillor Rachel Clarke, Lead Member for Homelessness and Housing Need in Torridge, said: “The current housing crisis is being felt all over the country and Torridge is no exception. We have many families and individuals who desperately need homes in the local area. Working alongside our housing team opens up a range of benefits for landlords, including guaranteed income even if the property is empty. We are appealing to landlords in Torridge to work with us and help us keep families close, children in their local schools, and communities together. So, please contact us and see what we can offer.”

Landlords who would like to help are being asked to visit the Council’s website at www.torridge.gov.uk/tdclandlords or email housing.options@torridge.gov.uk.

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The ‘Way of the Wharves’ project.

‘Way of the Wharves’.

The Torridge Estuary and Bideford have a long and fascinating maritime history with boat building documented back to Elizabethan times. On the east bank of the Torridge, opposite Bideford town, East-the-Water was an industrial and transport hub connecting the medieval bridge, port and railway. From the mid 1800s the deep-water channel started migrating west across the river, leading to the slow decline of the port on the east bank. In addition to the important transport links East-the-Water was a centre for ship and boat building, clay export and potteries, coal mining, lime burning, timber, agricultural suppliers, energy distribution and even a first world war munitions factory.

New Book from Way of the Wharves.

If covid helped the Way of the Wharves Project at all it was in giving time to pull together the research of the last years and write a book: A History of East-the-Water, Bideford. Published in December 2021, with line drawings by Lou Boulter, it includes chapters on timber, shipbuilding, mining, transport and pottery as well as the origins and traditions of Shamwickshire. You can order a copy on the Way of the Wharves website: http://thewharves.org/product/a-history-of-east-the-water-bideford

Also available at Walter Henry’s and The Burton.

One of the stories uncovered is that of local hero George Parkin. He started building boats on the site of the East the Water School, in Torrington Street, in about 1847. He operated from here until 1858, when he moved to Appledore. His boats were carvel built, with hull planks, fastened to a robust frame, laid edge to edge to form a smooth surface. By 1852, his pilot boat True Blue had won many accolades competing in local regattas, both under canvas and oars and this helped his business develop.

But Parkin also has a much more precious claim to fame. In July 1852, when he saw a seven-year-old local boy in danger of being swept away by the tide, he leapt from the rear wall of his house and rescued him. Everywhere he went there seemed to be people in need of rescuing. In 1871, after his twenty-ninth rescue, he was recognised by the Royal Humane Society. So, if you’ve local links and your family tree includes the surnames Reed, Rudd, Isaac, Cawell, Stanbury, Johns, Jenkins, Berry, Dannell, Fisher, Dunn, Colwill, or Lewis, then Parkin may just possibly have played his part in keeping that branch of your family alive.

‘Way of the Wharves’ CIO.

The Way of the Wharves charity (WOTW) was established in 2020 to advance information and education about the industrial and maritime heritage of the Wharves at East the Water and the Torridge Estuary. The project commenced four years earlier, when a group of volunteers started to research and promote the history of the wharves on Barnstaple Street.

This had not previously been researched in any detail and the imminent planning application for re-development of the site gave this great local interest. Torridge District Council have now granted planning approval for Red Earth to start work on a £20million development of commercial and residential units. The sea wall will be raised against flood risk and land that has always been an industrial site will in future have public access. A pathway through the bridge gardens will lead onto a riverside walkway along the wharf’s seawall and an open square, conserving the view between Bideford and the Grade 1 listed Royal Hotel.

Demolition, clearance and archaeological surveys started on the Barnstaple Street wharves site in November 2021. Archaeological work is being carried out by AC Archaeology, Exeter. They have uncovered walls and the edge of a dock on Brunswick Wharf. Work on another trench on Clarence Wharf car park will be undertaken later. At the time of writing, we have not heard that any important artefacts have been discovered. The next work on site will be the repairs to the seawall starting early in the new year. The main contractors are expected to start work in summer 2022 with completion anticipated in spring 2025.

Another time of rapid change for East-the-Water.

Above – blue lines mark planned trenches on wharves site (on 1886 base map).

Adopting the phone box in Torrington Street.

Working together with East the Water in Bloom, Way of the Wharves have adopted the phone box on Torrington Street, next to the Bethel Chapel. This iconic K6 phone box will be conserved and used by the two local groups as a community resource – promoting history and horticulture. Way of the Wharves will install information about local heritage whilst the box will look a bit different as a result of the planned floral exhibits from East the Water in Bloom. Local ‘history and horticulture’ links include the many lime kilns along the estuary, Fulfords agricultural and seed merchants (for many years headquartered on Queens Wharf) and Old Pottery Works, Torrington Lane which produced flower pots.

This phone box is in such a key position, just close to the Bideford station entrance, that there must be many stories connected with it. Happy news, sad news, calling for assistance, long distance romances. WOTW are working with Bideford library to collect phone box stories. These social and family history anecdotes will be turned into a digital archive, in the form of answer machine messages. Please let us know your phone box story.

More about ‘Way of the Wharves’.

If you’d like more information, check out the website www.thewharves.org. You can follow and like our Facebook page @Brunswick Wharf. Get more information and sign up for our email newsletter updates by mailing wotw.wharves@gmail.com

Michael Teare, Chair, Way of the Wharves, 14/12/2021.

New from Way of the Wharves.

A History of East-the-Water, Bideford “. £10.00

By Michael Teare, Bob Kirby, Anthony Burt with line drawings by Lou Boulter.

Much that has been written about Bideford’s past has touched upon the story of East- the-Water, despite the long history of the wharves and their commercial importance to the local area, this is the first book to focus on their history.

After introducing East-the-Water and the wharves, the book concentrates on the important strands that make up the history of the local community: timber, emigration, shipbuilding, tobacco and pottery, coal mining and gravel extraction, fisheries, agriculture, energy and enterprise as well as the changes brought about by steamships and railways.

Profit from the sale of this book supports the work of the Way of the Wharves Charity – researching and promoting the maritime history of the Torridge Estuary and the wharves at East-the-Water.

Product Details.

A History of East the Water, Bideford”.

By Michael Teare, Bob Kirby, Anthony Burt with line drawings by Lou Boulter. Published: Peterhouse Press. December 2021.

ISBN: 978-0-946312-20-7.  Paperback: 154 pages.  Size: 240 x 170mm, spine 9mm.

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One Hundred Years Ago – November 1921.

November 1921
The first section reviewed this month was the small ads, and this is a selection of what was found:

Situations vacant:

Mrs Mill, Crowbarn, Instow, wants an assistant for the farmhouse. T Woodyatt, High Street, Bideford, wants a smart youth as apprentice to Gent’s Outfitting.
Mrs Bulkley, Cotfield House, Buckleigh, wants a cook-general.
Abbotsham Parish Church wants a new organist, duties to commence in the New Year.

They are not all local positions, which made the volunteers at the Archive wonder why advertise in the Gazette? Do these people have second homes in this area?

Ward, 3 Highfield, Exmouth, requires a cook-general aged between 20 and 25 years, Church of England preferred.
Mrs Wilson, 10 Putney Hill, London SW15, wants a cook-general and a house parlourmaid.

Looking even further afield, Australia has a severe shortage of labour, and experienced farm workers and young men under 25 who are accustomed to manual work can get reduced rates on steamship passages.

 

Sales:

H Hinks Shipbreaking Yard, West Appledore, has pitch pine logs for sale, good for lighting fires;
W J Wiley of Westward Ho! is selling a Rover car, 1913 model. It has been laid up from 1915 to 1919 and is painted green. Price – £255.
Lady Hehir, 3 Nelson Terrace, Westward Ho! has two Irish Terrier puppies, 1 dog, 1 bitch, 10 weeks old. 5 guineas each.
Mrs Sandercock, Ardmore, Northam, advertises pure bred White Wyandettee Cockerels, 5 months old, from 8 shillings each.

 

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Nature Recovery Declaration.

North Devon UNESCO Biosphere launches Nature Recovery Declaration and Plan.

The Biosphere has launched an ambitious new Nature Recovery Plan as our contribution to tackling the ecological emergency here in northern Devon, aligning with the Government’s 25 Year Environment Plan and the Prime Minister’s pledge for 30% of the UK land to be protected by 2030.

Join individuals, organisations, councils and businesses across the North Devon UNESCO Biosphere in signing our Nature Recovery Declaration and commit to tackling the ecological emergency through your local actions. Find out more and sign the Declaration here: https://www.northdevonbiosphere.org.uk/nature-recovery-plan.html

To promote the launch, we expect to welcome a special visitor to the area. Sacha Dench, Ambassador for the UN’s Convention on Migratory Species, is flying a 3000+ mile circumnavigation of the UK in a wind and green electricity powered paramotor. On her journey, she is stopping in northern Devon to officially launch the North Devon UNESCO Biosphere Reserve’s Nature Recovery Declaration and Plan. We are expecting her to pass through the area later this month, where she will sign the Declaration herself and speak to the Biosphere team about the importance of nature’s recovery.

Why do we need to act?

Despite great efforts from many organisations, land managers and individuals across northern Devon since the whole area achieved UNESCO status more than 20 years ago, with a few encouraging exceptions nature continues to decline – a trend that began centuries ago but has accelerated since the 1960s. Today our wildlife is a shadow of its former glory and our natural systems are ceasing to function. Iconic species like salmon, breeding lapwings, skylarks, cuckoos, house martins, many insects and wildflower species are in perilous decline – and our rivers are failing national standards. An ambitious approach to focus everyone’s actions onto agreed priorities is needed – and that is what this plan aims to achieve.

The plan’s Vision is that by 2030, nature is recovering across northern Devon. There is more wildlife-rich habitat for us all to enjoy – covering 30% of the land area – in our fields and woods, on the coast, along our rivers and on the moors. Wildlife has the space it needs to flourish. Thriving farming and forestry are helping nature to recover right across the landscape. Communities, councils and businesses are putting nature

back into our towns and villages. Ambitious projects have helped bring back icons like beaver, pine marten, chough, white-tailed eagle and osprey. Our quality of life, the economy and our response to climate change are stronger for it. More is required, but we are proud to be playing our part in tackling the global ecological emergency.

Why should I sign the Declaration?

If we are to turn the tide for nature’s recovery, everyone in northern Devon needs to engage through their choices and actions – all of us as consumers and by helping nature to recover where we live and work, and especially farmers and land managers who can do most to help nature recover across the landscape. We can all make a difference. It’s time for urgent and transformative local action.”

Mike Moser, Chair of the Biosphere Nature Improvement Group

We hope that many individuals, organisations and businesses across the Biosphere will sign this Declaration committing to helping nature’s recovery and adding to the growing support for tackling the ecological emergency.

To sign the Declaration and read the draft Biosphere Nature Recovery Plan please head to the North Devon Biosphere website. We welcome your feedback on the plan (by 15 August 2021) which can be sent to biosphere-mailbox@devon.gov.uk. Finally, please help us to spread the word and encourage people to sign up to the Declaration! @northdevonbiosphere.

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