Doing business in South Devon AONB (24/10/17)
Venus Café at Blackpool Sands was the venue for the South Devon Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty Unit’s recent conference. The theme was Natural Capital and the importance of business in the AONB. The guest speakers were local businessman Michael Smith, Managing Director of the Venus Company which has six cafes in Devon and Cornwall and Esther Kieboom an environmental economist and independent expert on Natural Capital.
An Outstanding Week in September! (05/09/17)
South Devon Coastal Local Action Group (06/06/17)
The South Devon Coastal Local Action Group has approved a number of application for grant funding over the past 12 months including help for local food and drink businesses, events companies, rural workshop units and farmers. Projects need to be of an rural economic nature with job creation being the main focus. The initial stage involves completing a project information form on the website after which an adviser will contact you.
Explorer 2017 (06/06/17)
The AONB 'Explorer' magazine is now out with lots of information and ideas on getting out and about in this fantastic landscape with sections on walking, cyling and watersports in the area.
Local Food writer and restaurateur Mitch Tonks has been interviewed about what he values about the AONB and there is a page focussing on shopping for local food. We've also taken a look at what holidaying in the area used to mean in the past with some lovely old images and details on transport and holiday activities.
Growing Orchard Communities Grand Finale (06/06/17)
This event in Totnes on Saturday 1st July is a celebration of orchards, orchard communities and the great work that has happened as part of this exciting lottery funded project over the past 18 months. The project a partnership between Orchard Link and the S Devon AONB with a grant from HLF, has delivered a range of practical workshops, training and community events This finale is a chance to share and learn from the 23 community orchards which have taken part and toast our successes!
Launch of the AONB Planning Guidance (01/06/17)
The launch of South Devon AONB Unit Planning Guidance by Sir Geoffrey Newman is on Wednesday, 21 June 2017 from 16:00 to 18:30 at Stoke Fleming Village Hall, TQ6 0QT. This event will be of particular interest to Parish Neighbourhood Planning Groups.
There will be the opportunity to book onto one of two planned workshops on either coastal and estuarine matters or identifying AONB special qualities and a planning surgery with 10 minute appointment slots, to be booked in advance.
Lambing Sunday fun at Collaton Down (28/03/17)
South Devon Biosecurity Planning workshop (01/02/17)
The AONB Unit is hosting a seminar to work on the production of a South Devon AONB Estuaries BioSecurity Plan, everyone is welcome. It will be held on Wednesday 15th February from 10am -12.30pm in the Cary Room, Follaton House Totnes. Nigel Mortimer South Devon AONBs Estuaries Officer commented "Without an effective single species silver bullet, the emphasis of the plan has to be the prevention of further Invasive Non-Native Species (INNS) introductions and spread, rather than the control and management of those that have already arrived." We are being assisted in the production of the plan with funding from Natural England, and the workshop will be led by Robin Payne. Further info: [email protected] or Tel:01803 861384
One of the community orchard groups we are working with as part of the Growing Orchard Communities project is looking for local volunteers to get involved with an exciting woodwork project for the orchard.
Newton and Noss community orchard group are about to start working with local furniture maker Peter Lanyon to create rustic seating for the Community Orchard.
Working in Peter’s workshop near Membland, locally sourced oak logs will be hand-split and shaved. The oak will then be jointed to form seating and a table. Peter will be holding 6 Saturday sessionsfrom now until 1st April. No previous experience or skills are necessary, minimum age is 14.
Workshops are free,but numbers will be limited,please contact Sue Hinchliffe to book Tel: 01752 873060 or [email protected]
This free network celebration day will focus on heritage of apples, cider and orchards. It is the last of our community orchard network events and doubles up with the Orchard Link annual gathering. The venue is the Devon Rural Archive, Shilstone near Modbury. It will be a day of activities, talks and networking with other orchard enthusiasts! Please download the pdf to see full programme.
It is free to all members of Orchard Link - others may attend by arrangement, please call Nicky Bailey on 01803 861384 or email [email protected]