£1.5 Million Funding Programme Now Open (05/12/16)
A programme offering funds for rural business projects is now open. The South Devon Coastal Local Action Group (LAG) has been awarded just over £1.5 million to allocate to business projects which assist business growth, productivity and create jobs. Applications are now open for projects which aim to help small businesses and businesses in rural services, including farming, forestry, tourism and heritage.
Microchip backpacks for South Devon Bees! (16/11/16)
The South Devon Bee project is a partnership between the South Devon Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty Unit and the University of Exeter. The project consists of a four year PhD position, held by Raluca Herascu, which aims to better understand how bees navigate in their natural environment. By carrying out experiments in the AONB, the research hopes to shed light on how the natural features of the landscape affect the way in which bees navigate and forage.
FWAG SW Hedgerow Project (15/11/16)
The FWAG SW Hedgerow Project, in partnership with the Woodland Trust, has officially started and their target is to plant 15,000 metres of hedgerow across the 6 counties of the South West (Cornwall, Devon, Dorset, Gloucestershire, Somerset and Wiltshire) by the end of April 2017. The Woodland Trust is offering an 80% grant on hedgerow plants and trees including guards exclusively through the project.
Harvest time for Growing Orchard Communities (15/11/16)
It truly has been a fruitful year for the 22 community orchards signed up to our project with lots of workdays, training workshops and network events going over the last 12 months.
It has run its target number of 10 site development workshops and these have been very popular with volunteers from the member groups. There have been three successful, fun and busy network days on themes of biodiversity, produce and involving communities. These have been a great way for members to meet up and chat over ideas and development in their orchards as well as learn a few things along the way!
Torcross sea defence repair commenced (08/11/16)
The Environment Agency has commenced work to stabilise the existing flood defence in Torcross The work started with the installation of 12m long sheet piles approximately 650mm in front of the existing line of piles. A concrete capping beam will then be cast on top of these piles completing the structure .It is anticipated that the piling will cause noise and vibration within the permitted levels, but they will be routinely monitored.
New AONB Manager appointed (03/08/16)
We are pleased to report that Roger English has been appointed as the new Manager for the South Devon AONB Unit. Roger’s role will include managing the staff team, coordinating action in support of the Management Plan for the area and ensuring that the AONB Partnership works effectively.
Roger is no stranger to South Devon having worked as the Project Officer within the AONB unit since 2003 developing and delivering a variety of projects, working closely with a wide range of local partners. Previously he worked as the Nature Development Manager and Head Countryside Ranger for Stockport Metropolitan Borough Council.
Outstanding Week 17th -25th September 2016 (03/08/16)
The 2nd Outstanding Week will take place from Saturday 17th September until Sunday 25th September. Outstanding Week is the AONB Family’s week long programme of events to help people enjoy and be inspired by the UK’s Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONBs) held during September.
To celebrate Outstanding Week In South Devon AONB we will be staging a beach clean on 18th September, a circular walk from South Hallsands in conjunction with BBC Radio Devon on 19th September and a 'breakfast' walk with free yummy smoothie at cafe Alf Resco in Dartmouth on 21st September.
You are invited to attend a free presentation by Adam Royle, National Trust Senior External Affairs Adviser, who worked on the recently published report ‘AONBs and Development’. The Government’s commitment to protect AONBs is clear, but the National Trust research found some problems with how safeguards to prevent inappropriate development are being implemented in some places.
The South Devon Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) Planning Guidance document is now open for consultation until midnight on Tuesday 16th August 2016.
The proposed eight sections of Guidance are available for viewing and downloading from the documents list on the AONB website together with the smart survey form for submitting your comments.
The 2016 Annual Open Forum will take place on Monday 11th July at Thurlestone Village Hall commencing at 5.30pm. Both physical and mental health has been proved to be boosted by outdoor activites. As an AONB we with partner organisations are well placed to address these issues and offer a range of opportunites to engage in. The evening will include an optional walk at the beginning to take in the stunning location; networking with other guests and viewing displays,light refreshments, keynote speaker, and project updates .Everyone is welcome to attend, invitations will be issued shortly.
The Growing Orchard Communities project aims to support local people to manage healthy orchards for the whole community to enjoy. It is run by Orchard Link, supported by the South Devon Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty is funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund.
The project has been going from strength to strength since our launch in November last year. We have 24 community orchard groups signed up to the scheme and are well under way with a full and interesting programme of training days, workshops, skill share session and network events. These events and activities have been attended by 176 volunteers so far!
Around 100 visitors went to Quarry Farm near East Allington on Sunday to see for themselves how a mixed farm in South Devon operates in the 21st Century. John Warne and his family along with various volunteers ensured there was plenty to see and do. It was one of 400 farms open across the country.
The event supported by The South Devon Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty was an opportunity for visitors to see sheep shearing by local farmer David Camp and to hear about why they are shorn and the value of the wool. The farm walk looked at the flock of sheep and the suckler cow herd.