Environment Agency calls on roofers and builders to follow duty of care 

Authored by News Desk
Posted: Sat, 05/21/2022 - 6:22am

The Environment Agency is reminding roofers and builders in Devon and Cornwall to take responsibility for their waste.

Most roofers and builders are law-abiding and take their duty of care seriously when it comes to waste management. But the reminder comes after agency officers found a large amount of buried asbestos waste when executing a search warrant at a site in the South West. The operator of the site was arrested by the police and questioned.

Asbestos and other hazardous waste require disposal by specialist contractors at sites that can legally and safely handle...

Sandridge Barton unveils new destination to tourism leaders

Authored by News Desk
Posted: Fri, 05/20/2022 - 10:06pm

Tourist leaders and providers in Devon have been given a sneak-preview of a major new visitor attraction which, when it opens in June, should help reaffirm the county’s position on the nation’s food map.

The new Sandridge Barton winery and visitor centre, set among the rolling hills between Torbay and the River Dart, is expected to attract thousands of keen wine-lovers and foodies a year. The Sandridge Barton Estate is the new home of award-winning Sharpham Wine, and is centred on acres of new vineyards located on the east bank of the Dart, as opposed to the west bank where the...

Bathing water season begins in Devon

Authored by News Desk
Posted: Thu, 05/19/2022 - 12:53pm

The bathing water season started on 15 May with the Environment Agency carrying out regular testing of water quality at designated bathing sites across Devon and Cornwall until the end of September. High standards of water quality at swimming locations are important for everyone’s enjoyment of beaches across the south west. Throughout the bathing season the Environment Agency will issue warnings of any forecasted pollution risk on its Swimfo website. Signs are also put up at these swimming locations to inform bathers about any possible dips in quality as a result of factors like rainfall...

Exeter Cathedral kicks off Christian Aid Week with a Coffee Morning and Exhibition launch

Local schools were invited to send a message to those in charge with “Letters for Creation” about the impact of climate change on our planet, in an Exhibition at Exeter Cathedral launched with a Christian Aid Week coffee morning on Saturday 14th May.

Hopes, fears and dreams for creation were shared through art and prizes were awarded to the winning entries, commemorating the start of this year’s Christian Aid Week (15-21 May).

From the war in Ukraine forcing millions to flee from their homes to the climate crisis in Zimbabwe causing devastating drought and hunger,...

DATA project event for Devon farmers and landowners interested in agri-tech

Authored by Mary Youlden
Posted: Tue, 05/17/2022 - 10:31pm

Farmers, landowners and businesses interested in agri-tech are invited to a special event later this month (May).

The networking event, which will be held at Bradford and Cookbury Village Hall from 10am-3pm on Thursday 26 May , is being organised by the University of Plymouth and is part of Devon County Council’s DATA (Devon Agri-Tech Accelerator) project.

The project is aiming to provide support and research for farmers, growers, landowners, and other agricultural and Agri-Tech businesses to develop innovations which can help build a sustainable farming community within...

Enjoy yoga on the heath

The RSPB in Devon are offering people a unique experience to practise yoga at a secret spot at RSPB Aylesbeare nature reserve. This special opportunity will allow participants to intimately connect with nature whilst focusing on their physical and mental wellbeing through the practise of yoga .

Event Title: Yoga on the Heath

Join us for five-weeks of outdoor yoga at a beautiful, secret, and peaceful location on RSPB Aylesbeare nature reserve, East Devon. Enjoy a walk and talk to the yoga site with the RSPB and discover the wild and wonderful things about our east Devon...

Trowers & Hamlins advises on investment into Gone Wild Festivals, with Bear Grylls

Authored by News Desk
Posted: Tue, 05/17/2022 - 9:47pm

Top 40 law firm Trowers & Hamlins has advised the founder of Gone Wild Events, the operating company of Gone Wild Festivals, on securing an investment fund to develop its business.

Investment from Station 12, an investment fund that specialises in the sports, entertainment and knowledge sectors, will support the next stage of Gone Wild's growth journey, ensuring a bigger and better festival than the previous year, with more music, adventures and inspiring speakers.

Gone Wild Festivals, with Bear Grylls, pack in a wide variety of outdoor activities from extreme sports...

Further chance to join highly successful online event for parents

Authored by News Desk
Posted: Tue, 05/17/2022 - 3:03pm

Parents of teenage children will now have a second chance to attend a trailblazing series of webinars piloted earlier this year.

The ‘Let’s Talk Teenagers’ webinars were set up to help parents and carers understand and support their teenagers to navigate the challenges of today’s world.

The first sessions were sold out and with demand so high a second series has now been planned to run next month (Wednesdays June 15, 22 and 29).

The ‘Let’s Talk Teenagers’ webinars were designed by the South Devon and Dartmoor Community Safety Partnership and rolled out across...

Exeter Cathedral receives a £4.3million grant from The National Lottery Heritage Fund

Exeter Cathedral, one of Europe’s greatest medieval cathedrals, is celebrating today after being awarded a £4.3million grant from The National Lottery Heritage Fund for their 2020s Development Appeal.

The project will reimagine the space at Exeter Cathedral, particularly focusing on the East End of the Cathedral, the Pearson Building and a new Cloister. Thanks to money raised by National Lottery players, the new interpretation of the building will enhance the visitor experience and offer greater accessibility for visitors.

Half of this Grade I listed building will be...

Heat network projects awarded funding to reduce waste and create energy

Authored by News Desk
Posted: Tue, 05/17/2022 - 1:18am

Heat networks that will use Energy from Waste to be developed in East Devon and London with support of funding awarded through the Government’s Heat Networks Investment Project (HNIP).

Over £250 million of funding has been awarded to heat network schemes under the Heat Networks Investment Project (HNIP) since it opened its doors to applicants in 2018. The total Capex of schemes offered HNIP funding exceeds £826 million highlighting the scale of the opportunity for investment in the sector.

Ken Hunnisett, Triple Point Heat Networks Investment Management, said: “Heat...