Celebrate Devon Hedge Week and learn hedge laying

Event Date: 
27/10/2012 - 9:00am
Near Holsworthy

Celebrate Devon Hedge Week with an introductory training course on hedge-laying.

Hedge-laying is a traditional way of maintaining a stock-proof and wildlife-rich hedge.

This day is for adults and will teach the basics of hedge-laying involving the use of saws and hedging tools in the field.

For more details please contact the Working Wetlands Project on 01409 221823 or email:

The Secret Life of Lichens at Haldon Forest Park

Event Date: 
21/10/2012 - 11:00am
Haldon Forest Park, near Exeter

Join Devon Wildlife Trust and the Centre for Contemporary Art and the Natural World (CCANW) in this family event to discover the amazing world of lichens.

Activities and artwork will be child orientated but we bet the adults will learn something too!

11.30am-1pm and 2pm-3.30pm

£2.50 per child, accompanying adults free.

Bookings and payment via CCANW on 01392 832277

Email for more information:

Dunsford Nature Reserve Open Day

Event Date: 
20/10/2012 - 11:00am
Dunsford Nature Reserve, near Exeter

Discover the golden colours and autumn wildlife of this magnificent oak woodland on the River Teign.

Join Devon Wildlife Trust for fungus forays, guided walks and children's woodland craft activities.


Booking essential for the fungus forays and walks - call 01392 279244.

Contact Email: contactus@devonwildlife

New cycle hire scheme launched at Exeter St Davids

In partnership with First Great Western a Brompton folding bike hire scheme, Brompton Dock, has now launched at Exeter St Davids station.

The Exeter Daily was invited to the launch of this exciting new service, where Brompton Dock Managing Director Mark Antwis teamed up with First Great Western General Manager (West) David Crone to demonstrate the simplicity of the system and just how quick it was to assemble the foldaway bikes - 7.7 seconds is the record.

The cycle hire schemes provide members with 24-hour access to Brompton folding bikes, which can be...

LGA warns of pitfalls in relaxing planning rules

Thousands of home extensions, which were previously blocked because they were unsightly, out of character with a local area or invaded neighbours' privacy, may now go ahead unimpeded under plans to extend permitted development rights, the Local Government Association (LGA) warns.

The LGA is also concerned that extensions which would previously have been improved through the planning process in order to make them acceptable to neighbours and reduce their negative impact on local amenities will in future go ahead unaltered, resulting in inappropriate development and...

Football scores a health hat trick for hypertensive men

Playing football could be the best way for people with high blood pressure, known as hypertension, to improve their fitness, normalise their blood pressure and reduce their risk of stroke.

Research from Universities of Exeter and Copenhagen, and Gentofte University Hospital in Denmark, published on Monday 15th October 2012 in the journal Medicine and Science in Sports and Exercise , suggests that football training prevents cardiovascular disease in middle-aged men with hypertension and is more effective than healthy lifestyle advice currently prescribed by GPs.


Fiona Faulkner's healthy halloween treat

Fiona Faulkner, author of the book 25 Foods Kids Hate... and how to get them eating 24, offers a healthy addition to the sweet treats for children this Halloween.

Halloween Smoothie

Serves 4-6

RECIPE PREP TIME: Approx 40 mins to cook and cool the pumpkin

RECIPE COOK TIME: Ready in seconds!

Inspired by the sweetness of roasted root veg – I don’t know a single child who doesn’t love this…


250g cooked pumpkin / butternut squash – no skin, no seeds (see below!)

2 large,...

Overnight surfacing for M5 entry slip road

Overnight surfacing work will be carried out on the northbound entry slip at Junction 29 of the M5 this evening (Monday 15 October).

Road users are advised that the slip road will be closed from 8pm to 6am as part of Devon County Council’s Junction 29 Improvement Scheme.

Traffic approaching Moor Lane Roundabout from the west intending to join the M5 northbound at Junction 29 will follow the diversion in advance of the closure from Moor Lane Roundabout via Moor Lane and Moto Roundabout to Sandygate Roundabout and then join the M5 northbound.

A30 eastbound traffic...

Appeal for witnesses in double fatal North Devon accident

Police are appealing for witnesses after two men in their 20s died in a fatal road traffic collision in north Devon.

Just after 8am on Friday 12 October, officers and emergency services were called to a single-vehicle collision on an unclassified road that leads from the A361 at South Molton to North Molton.

The blue Peugeot 306 convertible was travelling from the direction of North Molton when it left the road and dropped 15 feet into the fast-flowing flooded River Mole. The driver, a 25-year-old man from Brixham, sustained serious injuries and was taken to North Devon...

Exeter School join 50th annual Abbots’ Way walk

Over 80 pupils, and the training team drawn from staff, parents and governors, took part in the annual Abbots’ Way walk from Buckfast Abbey to Tavistock on 7th October.

The Abbots’ Way is an ancient track way across Dartmoor from Buckfast Abbey to Tavistock. It is 24 miles long and includes sections of the high moor. On the first Sunday in October every year the route is followed as an organised walk under the auspices of the Tavistock & District Outdoor Activities Forum and the Ashburton and Tavistock sections of the Dartmoor Search & Rescue Group. 2012 marked the 50th...