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.

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

Try a New Skill for 2017! – Green woodworking workshops (01/02/17)

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]

Celebrating Heritage - Growing Orchard Communities networking day (30/01/17)

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]

South Hams Coastal Community Team given £10k to improve the local economy (30/01/17)

Salcombe fishing boat

The South Hams Coastal Community Team is one of 28 Coastal Community Teams to have been set up around the UK in a Government backed plan to revitalise the nation’s coastal communities. Each Coastal Community Team has been allocated around £10,000 to develop a plan to boost jobs, develop economic growth and rejuvenate the local area. On the South Hams Team are representatives of the South Devon Coastal Local Action Group, local business organisations, South Hams District Council, town councils and harbour boards, along with people representing the agriculture, fishing and tourism sectors.

£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.