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Jonathan Dimbleby chairs Neptune debate (16/06/15)

The annual conference was held at the magnificant Grade 1 Listed Lupton House near Brixham. Our  keynote speaker David Ford from the National Trust examined the achievements of the Neptune Campaign since its launch in 1965. Almost half of the coastline in the AONB is now owned by The National Trust.

There was a lively debate about what the future holds for Neptune and we were most grateful to our Patron Jonathan Dimbleby for chairing this debate so admirably. The event was also  an opportunity to hear about current and future projects and to receive a copy of the 2014-15 Annual Review. 

Open Farm Sunday a great success (10/06/15)

Farmer John Warne and his family welcomed 150 people to Quarry Farm near East Allington last Sunday as part of the Open Farm Sunday campaign. The sunny weather was ideal for visitors to enjoy the walk and farmyard activities. On arrival guests watched sheep shearing in the barn by Arthur Palmer a farmer from South Milton. John then escorted them on a 45 minute farm walk.

Exciting programme announced to help residents connect with their local area (17/03/15)

Details have been announced of an action packed programme to engage communities with the natural heritage of the Kingswear and Brixham peninsula using a range of creative and innovative activities.  The aim is to generate opportunities for the whole community to discover more about the special landscape on their doorstep. The activities are part of the Heritage Lottery and Environment Agency funded ‘Routeways and Connections’ project.

£1.5 million grant secured to boost local economy in South Devon (16/03/15)

The South Devon Coastal Local Action Fund (LAG) has been awarded £1.5 million to fund projects to boost the local economy over the next five years, thanks to funding from the Rural Development Programme for England.

The LAG is now inviting organisations to submit ideas to receive significant funding for projects that will create jobs in the area and help businesses to thrive. The LAG has been set up to invest in economic, environmental and community based projects across the South Devon Area.

AONBs protected from fracking (04/03/15)

The government has accepted amendments to the Infrastructure Bill that will see fracking banned in national parks, Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty and sites near to groundwater sources. Residents will now also receive notification of fracking beneath their land despite having no right to block the process. Labour proposals to force companies to carry out monitoring of the environment at a fracking site for 12 months before work is allowed were also accepted.

New trail brings Galmpton’s heritage alive (04/03/15)

Galmpton & Churston District Local History Group has launched a brand new leaflet celebrating the areas unique heritage.

The ‘Galmpton Village Trail and History’ publication has been devised with the support of the Manor Inn and Galleon Stores and Post Office, Galmpton. The brochure costing £1 provides accessible mapping to highlight historic buildings and other places of interest with Galmpton's thriving and active community.

NERC Industrial CASE PhD studentship opportunity (06/01/15)

The University of Exeter in partnership with the South Devon Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) Unit is inviting applications for this NERC Industrial CASE-funded PhD studentship to commence in September 2015. The studentship will cover UK/EU tuition fees plus an annual stipend of at least £14,863 pa for four years.

Update: South Devon Catchment Partnership (22/12/14)

We coordinated and co-hosted five local Catchment Community consultation days in the last couple of months as part of our South Devon Catchment Based Approach work to form a South Devon Catchment Partnership and prepare a South Devon Catchment Action Plan. They were well attended by people from a wide and useful range of disciplines and organisations. We discussed what issues affect our local healthy water environments in relation to 4 areas:

“Open Country” 27th December - taking a close look at the Dart Estuary (18/12/14)

South Devon Catchment Partnership

We coordinated and co-hosted five local Catchment Community consultation days in the last couple of months as part of our South Devon Catchment Based Approach work to form a South Devon Catchment Partnership and prepare a South Devon Catchment Action Plan. They were well attended by people from a wide and useful range of disciplines and organisations. We discussed what issues affect our local healthy water environments in relation to 4 areas:

Devon Farming and Environment Event (17/12/14)

Tuesday 17th February 2015 10am - 3.30pm
at Home Farm, Newton St Cyres, Exeter, EX5 5AY By kind permission of Mary Quicke, Quickes Traditional Cheddar

Whether you are a farmer, adviser or rural policy maker in Devon, join us at this practical workshop and seminar to discuss profitable farming, environmental protection and compliance under the new CAP.

12 Days of an AONB Christmas (17/12/14)

On the 12th day of Christmas my true love gave to me...

12 Drummers drumming.

See if you can drum up the courage to take part in a New Years Day Dip at one of the many organised events at beaches around the AONB including, Wembury, Bigbury, Bovisand and Brixham!

11 Pipers piping.....

Apple day at Holbeton showcases the work so far. (12/11/14)

Over 100 Villagers from Holbeton enjoyed a sunny Apple Day celebration on 11th October. With the help of South Devon Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (S Devon AONB) Communities Officer Nicky Bailey, the group secured a grant for the restoration and development of their Community Orchard in autumn 2013 from the Big Greenspace Fund