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“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

Landowners Catchment workshop 27th November (30/10/14)

Sequer's Bridge on the River Erme

This meeting  being held  at the Oak Inn South Brent is  specifically aimed at landowners and land managers and follows a series of public workshops held over recent weeks throughout the South Devon catchment area. This is your chance to find out more about Defra’s national Catchment Based Approach scheme and how this is working locally to improve our shared water environment across South Devon.

Christmas Pudding workshop 18th /19th Nov (07/10/14)

Make your Christmas pudding at Trimswell Farm near Diptford with trained Home Economist Sheena Mc Cready - all ingredients provided and enjoy the satisfaction of making your own delicious homemade Christmas Pudding in her farmhouse kitchen. Coffee and biscuits on arrival.

Bring a 2 pint bowl (1.2 ltrs) or 2 smaller ones and an apron. Cost 12.50 per person.

Booking essential with Sheena on 01548 821225 or or email [email protected]

Luke wins Bats, Bees and Butterflies competition (02/10/14)

Luke Sterry from Slapton was the winner of the AONB Bats, Bees and Butterflies competition staged in the AONB marquee at Kingsbridge show . The prize for the winner was a boat trip courtesy of Ali Jones proprietor of Salcombe Sea N Shore.and Chairman of South Devon Outdoors the new organisation for sustainable activity providers in South Devon. The competition involved identification of various bats, and butterflies and queries about their habitats and pollination.

Great South West Walks 20-28th September (19/08/14)

The Great South West Walks 2014 is a celebration of the South West Coast Path taking place from 20th – 28th September 2014, with 100 popular circular walks focused around the Coast Path in Somerset, Dorset, Devon and Cornwall - 15 of them in South Devon! Its aim is to raise vital funds through these sponsored walks which will to be used for improvements to the Coast Path and will help Children’s Hospice South West provide care and support to children who are living with life-limited conditions and their families in the South West.

Big Night Out on the Beach! (19/08/14)

South Milton Sands Thurlestone near Kingsbridge,TQ7 3JY. Saturday 13th September 4pm - 10pm. Come and discover the nightlife of the AONB!

Rockpooling, bird walk, treasure hunts, kayak and stand-up-paddle board sessions, storytelling, beach sports and stargazing! Refreshments available from the Beach House cafe or bring your own supper. Bring your binoculars, torch and warm clothes and a clean jam jar if you would like to make a lantern.

This popular event organised in conjunction with the National Trust returns for the 3rd year to South Milton with a range of activities to entertain and educate the whole family.

Join in the Estuary Quest and you could win a £200 voucher!! (19/08/14)

The Estuary Quest is a mixture of letter boxing, orienteering, a treasure hunt and a challenge set around the lower Dart estuary

You can pick up a Quest pack from Monday 30th June at Dartmouth Information Centre, The Castle Cafe in Dartmouth, or Coast and Country Cottages. The information can also be downloaded from the AONB website.

Completed forms should be posted in the collection box in Dartmouth Information Centre before Monday 8th September.

Dr Sarah Wollaston MP launches new South Devon AONB Management Plan (05/08/14)

The sun shone over the Avon valley for the launch of the South Devon Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty’s new 5 year Plan, that will guide the work of those who care for this protected landscape. Following months of planning, consultation and partnership working, the new Plan was unveiled at a special event held in the heart of the AONB near Wigford Cross Loddiswell at the site of the new orchard and processing plant for Heron Valley Drinks.

Dr Sarah Wollaston MP officially launched the plan with the AONB Partnership Committee.