Be inspired by each other, Together we are change
Join other Devonians on Zoom meetings looking for ways to build back greener, to explore our history, or to stay connected during this lockdown.
Highlights this February include:
- Wildlife Gems of the South Hams
- Zero Carbon Community Led Housing
- Birdwatching on Lundy
- The OkeRail and the Connect Bude campaign
More events https://www.hartstongue.co.uk/index.php/events
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Waste & Resources Action Programme (WRAP)
Around a third of the food we produce worldwide is lost or wasted and it’s having a significant impact on climate change. In fact, it contributes a staggering 8–10% of total man-made greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions.
That's food that goes unsold or otherwise unused in supermarkets and restaurants, and all the stuff we buy and which goes uneaten. It is all fuelling the climate crisis, exacerbating the greatest and most urgent challenge facing humanity.
It's why, in March 2021 WRAP are dedicating an entire week to raising awareness of the environmental consequences of wasting food, and promoting activities that will help make wasting food a thing of the past.
The UK’s first ever Food Waste Action Week will run from Monday 1 to Sunday 7 March 2021, and will bring together citizens and organisations from retail, manufacturing, local government, hospitality and across industry to demonstrate the impact of wasted food on people, on business, and on the planet.
Together we’ll confront the challenge, share knowledge and inspire changes in the way people think about the food we waste. We’ll explore the practical ways in which we can drive down the amount of food we waste and look at why in every sense – whether you’re a citizen, a business, or other organisation – wasting food makes no sense.
WRAP is proud to be partnering with some of the UK's leading businesses and organisations to deliver Food Waste Action Week.
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Important notice - The parkland and woodland are open for local visits. You will need to pre-book your car parking space, please visit the "what's on" section to book. (Last checked 25th Feb 2021)
Discover Knightshayes - a great post-war garden, 19th-century parkland and grand Gothic Revival architecture by Victorian visionary William Burges.
A rich and varied history
The house was built by Sir John Heathcoat Amory, the grandson of John Heathcoat, creator of the mechanised bobbin lace making machine and owner of a lace factory in Tiverton.
The foundation stone was laid in 1869, but it was not until 1873 that the elaborate interior designs were completed. William Burges, designer of Knightshayes, had a rocky relationship with the family and was fired half way through the project, leaving his imaginative vision incomplete.
Burges was replaced by another reputable designer, John Dibblee Crace, who turned out to be another ill-fated choice. Much of Crace's work was covered up by the family, but later restored by the Trust.
Knightshayes Bolham, Tiverton, Devon, EX16 7RG
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Twitter: https://twitter.com/NTSouthWest (39k)
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Devon Wildlife Trust A hardy little plant, the Primrose can flower from as early as December in mild years, appearing all the way through the spring until May. It favours woodland clearings, hedgerows and grassland habitats, and sometimes even gardens. Primroses are the food plant of the caterpillars of the rare Duke of Burgundy butterfly, which is a Priority Species under the UK Post-2010 Biodiversity Framework. Since Victorian times, April 19th has been known as 'Primrose Day' in honour of the late Prime Minister Benjamin Disraeli; Primroses, his favourite flowers, are placed at his statue in Westminster Abbey and his grave at Hughenden in Buckinghamshire.
How to identify
Primroses are low-growing plants with rough, tongue-like leaves that grow in a rosette. Their flowers are large and creamy, with deep yellow centres, and often appear clustered together.
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The Global Centre, Exeter has been one of the steering group partners involved in working towards achieving Fairtrade status for the County of Devon. Devon first achieved Fairtrade status on 8th October 2008 and this was successfully renewed in subsequent years.
Thanks to Devon County Council for their on-going support for Fairtrade in Devon.
Devon currently has 7 FairTrade Schools and 13 FairTrade Communities. A further 6 communities have not renewed their status recently.
FairTrade Devon Devon Development Education, 17 St David's Hill, Exeter EX4 3RG
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Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/fairtradedevon/ (178)
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The search for life on Mars was made possible by parachute fabric manufactured in Devon using renewable energy
Heathcoat Fabrics is a market-leading manufacturer of knitted and woven fabrics. Redefining technical textiles is a skill that we have perfected as a business. Our aim is to solve complex challenges and convert opportunities into value for each individual customer.
This approach has helped us to forge a worldwide reputation for unmatched quality, new ideas and total customer focus. Our skills enable us to deliver a consistently high standard across multiple industries.
We work with world-class suppliers to ensure our capabilities are always above and beyond our competitors. Our no-compromise approach is driven by customer needs first and foremost.
Heathcoat Fabrics Limited West Exe, Tiverton EX16 5LL
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LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/company/heathcoat-fabrics-limited/ (1.8k)
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We want to make Bradninch a better place to live in the future by running events that benefit all residents, while reducing waste and being green!
Recent projects In 2020 we have been thrilled to be able to open our Bradninch Community Food Shed, in spite of the Covid-19 pandemic. Located in an old outhouse just off Fore Street, this project is a way of distributing waste food from supermarkets and food businesses to the public. We take their waste or leftover food, collected by our dedicated team of volunteers, then place it on our shelves or in our fridge. It is then free for anyone to take and use. It was open in time for the second Lockdown, providing free food for our community. It is also open for donations of food or dry goods from the community and there is a donation box in our local Spar shop.
Future plans Next year we will hopefully be running a number of online Zoom talks for members of our community to find out more about various aspects of sustainability. We will invite expert guest speakers to talk on a variety of subjects including energy, food, climate and composting. We would love to have a website and have been looking at collaborating with other local groups, including helping to set up other community fridges or larders.
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/sustainablebradninch/ (270)
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This is the Earl Of Portsmouth Preservation Society's 'Save The Earl' Community Project, a small local community group passionate about saving our traditional pub in the heart of our village in Chawleigh. We are looking to raise enough money to purchase the pub and run it as a viable, flourishing business geared towards catering for the needs of our local community and visitors coming to this beautiful area.
The Earl of Portsmouth Preservation Society Chawleigh Community Trust, Ridgeway House, Chawleigh, Chulmleigh, Devon, EX18 7EZ
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Devon Wildlife Trust Perhaps the first sign that spring is just around the corner is the snowdrop poking its way through the frosted soil of a woodland, churchyard or garden. From January, look for its famous nodding, white flowers.
The snowdrop is a familiar spring flower, coming into bloom in January and flowering until March. Despite its long history in the UK, however, it may not actually be native here; it is a native of damp woods and meadows on the continent, but was not recorded as growing wild in the UK until the late 18th century. Nevertheless, it has certainly become naturalised from garden escapees, and white snowdrop 'valleys' can now be seen across the country.
How to identify
The snowdrop displays nodding, white flowers, each carried on a single stem. The narrow, grey-green leaves appear around the base of the stem. Snowdrop plants often form clumps.
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