Category Archives: Environment

Rural housing emergency – online, 29th June.

Devon communities are stepping up to address the rural housing emergency. Local organisations forge new routes to housing security. Devon Rural Housing Futures, online, Wednesday 29th June at 6.45 pm. A FREE online forum, Devon Rural Housing Futures, will showcase … Continue reading

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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 … Continue reading

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Mural and workshop series, Barnstaple.

Artist Richt Reveals Mural and Workshop Series Promoting Environmental Awareness in North Devon. Artist Rich Thorne, aka Richt, returns to his hometown of Barnstaple, North Devon England for his latest on-street project and educational program. The project, initiated by Barnstaple … Continue reading

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The North Devon Show, 3rd August.

THE SHOW GOES ON… It’s back, and it’s going to be better than ever! After a two-year Covid enforced absence, The North Devon Show goes full steam ahead on Wednesday 3rd August, with Livestock Classes now open for entry. Celebrating … Continue reading

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Dog restrictions on Westward Ho! beach.

From the 1st of May to the 30th of September Torridge District Council will once again be introducing a restriction for dogs on sections of Westward Ho! beach and the promenade. The restriction helps create different usage areas on the … Continue reading

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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 … Continue reading

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“Plastic Free North Devon” – visitor campaign.

Local environmental charity Plastic Free North Devon (PFND) relaunch their Visitor Campaign for 2022, working to empower and support local businesses to encourage positive environmental behaviour change. Building on the success of previous years, the campaign will include updated resources … Continue reading

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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 … Continue reading

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Carbon, Environment, and Biodiversity plan adopted by TDC.

  Torridge Councillors have taken another significant step forward to realising their ambition for the authority to achieve net zero carbon by 2030 by approving and publishing the Council’s inaugural Carbon, Environment and Biodiversity Plan. The plans drafting was delayed … Continue reading

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North Devon coast monographs.

     

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Recently seen at Westward Ho!

Ctenophores, known commonly as sea gooseberries or comb jellies. They are carnivorous predators in the Plankton. They eat zooplankton, fish eggs and fish larvae. They catch their prey with their sticky tentacles which they can retract when not feeding. Their … Continue reading

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Walking the Coast Path; Mouthmill.

This is a beach of contrasts. A stream idly trickles through football-sized boulders down to the sea, while soothing sweeps of light-brown sand provide a backdrop to jutting rock formations that point arrow-like towards the Atlantic. It’s a place for … Continue reading

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Beavering away for Bideford flood protection.

There are proposals under consideration for raising the level of the Kenwith Reservoir dam to give the necessary added protection from fluvial flooding resulting from anticipated climate change and the amount of new housing development in the catchment area. In … Continue reading

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Floods – policy versus practicality.

With flooding very much in the news last month this may be a good time to review the policy of the authorities on flood protection and the effect it is having on the vulnerable Northam Burrows. There are two major … Continue reading

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Crossing the Torridge – 11 bridges between Bideford & Torrington !

It’s surprising how they add up once you set out to count the bridges.! The oldest of course were the pack-horse bridges dating from around the 12th century of which there were three, Bideford, Rothern and Taddiport. All these show … Continue reading

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