The Devon Countryside Access Forum is a statutory local access forum under the Countryside and Rights of Way Act 2000. It has seventeen members who advise on the “improvement of public access to land for the purposes of open-air recreation and the enjoyment of the area..” The Forum gives independent advice to a number of Government bodies in addition to Devon County Council, district and borough councils and parish and town councils.
Devon County Council is currently appointing members to the Forum and would welcome applications from anyone with an interest in recreational access.
It’s difficult to be positive about Invasive Non-Native Species (INNS) and especially with marine INNS, it is nearly all about prevention rather than cure. As there are many unknowns, we have to take a precautionary approach to how damaging INNS can be.
In partnership with Natural England, we are setting up local volunteer groups to help survey the populations of the feral Pacific oysters in South Devon. If you would like to help, please get in touch with Nigel Mortimer AONB Estuaries Officer [email protected] 01803 861384
King Edward Sixth Community College Totnes students work, will feature in a South Devon Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty multimedia exhibition at the Ariel Centre in Totnes from 10th to 21st December.
The work was produced as part of the What Makes South Devon Special campaign supported by the Heritage Lottery Fund. Students participated in tutored photo days on site at Bearscombe Farm, Slapton and Start Point alongside professional photographers Phil Hemsley, Jo Bradford and Beccy Strong. A number of the photos they took were shortlisted in the AONB photo competition.
The project focussed on the distinctive character of the natural heritage which makes up this nationally important landscape.
As part of the Future Landscapes Project, conducted by the National Association for Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty (NAAONB), a cohort of 40 AONB staff is taking part in a nationwide professional and personal development programme designed to help ensure the UK’s outstanding national landscapes are conserved and enhanced for future generations. This has been made possible by the National Lottery funding received from the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) in the form of a £164,300 Resilient Heritage grant. Both Roger English - Manager and Nicky Bailey - Community Projects Officer have been selected to participate from the South Devon AONB team
Explorer Monty Halls presented the prizes for the South Devon AONB Photo Competition at a special event held at The Flavel in Dartmouth on 22nd October 2018. The competition that attracted 200 entries was part of the heritage lottery funded ‘What Makes South Devon Special’ campaign which has been running since April. The project has focussed on the Special Qualities of the protected landscape with a series of walks focussing on specific themes, events, work with primary schools and A level photography students. Monty Halls said that despite his extensive travels South Devon could not be rivalled for its natural beauty describing it as “paradise on earth.”
The National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF) was first introduced in 2012. It brought together around 1,000 pages of planning policy and guidance into a single document of 59 pages, and established a ‘presumption in favour of sustainable development’.
The Government consulted on a revised NPPF earlier this year and the South Devon AONB and the National Association for AONBs have both responded to the consultation.
The Avon Valley Facilitation group coordinated by the South Devon AONB Unit welcomed Farming Minister George Eustice MP to a meeting of over 50 farmers at Holsome Park, Diptford near Totnes. Farming Minister George Eustice said: “As one of the largest facilitation groups in the country, Avon Valley is a brilliant example of how famers can work together to protect the landscape. Farmers and land managers are playing a key role in keeping South Devon productive, while ensuring a united commitment to protect and improve our natural environment”.
Review of Designated Landscapes (30/05/18)
Following Defra's recent anouncement of a review of designated landscapes, NAAONB Chairman, Philip Hygate said: “I really welcome the attention government is paying to the beauty of the English landscape. Defra’s 25 Year Environment Plan makes it clear that Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty are highly valued and worthy of investment. What’s more, this is an exciting time to really discover how much designated landscapes can deliver for society, the economy, and nature. Whether it’s the rolling hills and picturesque villages of the Chilterns, the ruggedness of the Cornish coast, or the tranquility of the Dedham Vale, each AONB has something unique to offer the nation."