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.
‘Yellow Fish’ down the road drain? (13/01/16)
As our summer events pebble poll showed us – many people don’t realise that most of our road drains rightly drain the rainwater straight to the nearest watercourse – whether that be the local pond, stream, river, estuary or beach.
In a perverse action of being ‘tidy’ road drains are all too frequently used as disposal units for litter, cigarette stubs* and worse. People wouldn’t dream of so directly polluting the waterways that bring us such joy but that’s exactly what’s happening!
Salcombe Harbour Head Hanger (13/01/16)
As part of Salcombe Harbour’s continuing work to improve local water quality, the Harbour is handing out ‘Head* Hangers’ to visiting yachts, as a reminder of the local facilities and best practise.
The Salcombe Harbour – Kingsbridge estuary is a renowned quiet watersports designation and it is obviously very much in everyone’s interest to look after the water so that they can enjoy it downstream.
The Head Hanger has been funded as part of a South Devon Catchments Partnership local project.
Andy Pratt has been appointed as the new Chairman of the South Devon AONB Partnership Committee. Andy is Head of Centre at Slapton Ley Field Studies Centre in the heart of the AONB. and has a broad range of experience in management, environmental education and partnership working. Andy has been a member of the Partnership Committee since 2012 representing the education sector. The Partnership Committee takes a strategic view of the area, publishes the AONB Management Plan and oversees the work of the AONB Staff Unit.
South Devon Coastal Local Action Group (LAG) is a partnership originally set up in 2008 to invest in economic, environmental and community based projects to encourage innovation and promote the prosperity of the rural coastal area between Plymouth and Exeter.
The programme has now been awarded just over £1.5 million to allocate to projects in the area that meet the objectives of the strategy.
The focus of this next rural programme will be creating jobs and helping the rural economy to grow.
Orchard Link has secured a grant of £40,500 from the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) for an exciting project to revitalise community orchards in South Devon and support and sustain the groups who are looking after them.
Orchard Link, a voluntary group made up of committed local orchard owners, is working with South Devon Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty Unit to deliver this two year project.
Success for Beaches (10/11/15)
All 17 beaches in the South Hams district have met new European standards for bathing water quality, with 10 of those rated excellent.
The new standards set by the recent European Union's Bathing Water Directive, replace current water testing regulations first introduced in 1976. From November 2015, bathing waters are classified as either excellent, good, sufficient or poor, with the water quality standards for the new classifications being much higher than those of the original bathing waters standards.
The South Devon Coastal Renewable Energy Network (SDCREN) has secured funding from the Regen SW Community Energy Accelerator Devon County Council fund. The funding will help investigate and initiate the first building blocks of a local wood fuel hub where local farmers, land owners and the community can work together to source affordable wood fuel , boost the local economy and create employment.