Road verges provide opportunity for wildflowers, bees and trees

Road verges provide opportunity for wildflowers, bees and trees

Authored by News Desk
Posted: Tue, 05/25/2021 - 2:51pm

Road verges cover 1.2% of land in Great Britain – an area the size of Dorset – and could be managed to help wildlife, new research shows .

University of Exeter researchers used Google Earth and Google Street View to estimate that verges account for 2,579 km2 (almost 1,000 square miles) of land.

About 27% of these verges are frequently mown, 41% is wilder grassland, 19% is woodland and the rest is scrub.

There are "significant opportunities" to improve verges by reducing mowing and planting trees, the researchers say.

"Our key message is that there's a...

Guided Walking Tour of The Italian Garden, Great Ambrook, Ipplepen, South Devon

Event Date: 
09/06/2021 - 4:30pm to 6:00pm
The Italian Garden, Great Ambrook, Ipplepen, South Devon

This is a small group (10 people), guided walking tour of The Italian Garden at Great Ambrook.

Explore the garden, see the work in progress, and learn about its unique story, its creators and our restoration plans.

The garden is a not-for-profit charitable interest company and all proceeds are reinvested in the restoration and replanting of the garden.

Full details and directions on our website

Booking essential.

Tickets available by clicking on “Book Tickets“ below. Price: £5 Time: 4:30pm - 6:00pm


Introduction to Meditation - Well-being Session

Introduction to Meditation - Well-being Session

Event Date: 
16/05/2021 - 2:30pm to 4:30pm
The Italian Garden, Great Ambrook, Ipplepen, South Devon

]Visit this peaceful garden for a meditation session and learn about this ancient practice.

Relax and learn techniques and tips for a calmer life in this unique and beautiful setting.

Booking Essential. Only 6 spaces on each session.

Full details on our website .

Introduction to Mindfulness - Well-being Sessions

Introduction to Mindfulness - Well being Sessions

Event Date: 
16/05/2021 - 9:30am to 12:30pm
The Italian Garden, Great Ambrook, Ipplepen, South Devon

Come into the Garden and learn about the ancient practice of mindfulness.

Relax and learn techniques and tips for a calmer life in the unique and beautiful setting of this lovely garden.

Booking essential.

Only 6 spaces on each session.

See our webpage for full details

Wild Exmouth is now on the map

Authored by Mary Youlden
Posted: Thu, 04/15/2021 - 11:15pm
Project funded by the National Lottery

Households in Exmouth will receive their own map of the town that showcases the best of the outdoors. The maps will be delivered by Royal Mail by 24th April.

Wild Exmouth , a three year community nature project, has produced a wonderful map to highlight trails and cycle paths along with parks, nature reserves, play areas and community orchards.

Working with local designer, Jo Salter , a brilliant bird’s eye map has been created to give an inspiring view of the town. The map will be posted out over the coming weeks to every household...

A field of bluebells with a large beech tree in the background

5 of the best places to see bluebells near Exeter

It comes quickly, doesn’t it?

One minute you’re plunged in the depths of winter, and then the clocks change, the evenings draw out and every hedge in Devon seems to clatter to the tune of a chiffchaff.

It’s a beautiful time of year indeed, but perhaps the most wonderful sight is the carpet of blue that bedecks the woods, valleys and meadows around Exeter as the bluebells emerge.

The team at Exeter's Real Food Store have pulled together their 5 favourite places to see these magical flowers - scroll down to see the full list.

5 - Stoke Woods


NCS- Litter Prevention Project-Haven Banks

We are a group of students on the Outside Education course at Haven Banks in Exeter. We are currently taking part in an NCS Project, as part of the experience we have to come up with a social action project.

Our project idea is a Litter prevention movement, we are aiming to raise awareness of the harmful effect of litter on the environment and about making our city a nicer place to live in. We chose this as our project as we are passionate about the outside world and the majority of our course is spent outdoors. It saddens us to see litter in the river and the sea, as well as...

RSPB asks Devon residents to share how nature has supported them during lockdown

Authored by Mary Youlden
Posted: Wed, 07/01/2020 - 10:10pm

Between 1st and 31st July, the RSPB is inviting people from Devon and across the UK to share the new things they have noticed that’s different in their world, and what they have started to value more during these unsettling times as part of a nationwide celebration of nature and wildlife

Since the UK first went into lockdown it’s been a unique time for most of us. This spring has been unlike any other and, more than ever, we’ve seen how important the natural world is to our health and wellbeing.

From enjoying the uplifting sound of birdsong through an open window, to...

Spending time in the garden linked to better health and wellbeing

Authored by News Desk
Posted: Wed, 05/06/2020 - 3:32pm

Spending time in the garden is linked to similar benefits for health and wellbeing as living in wealthy areas, according to a new large-scale study.

Research conducted by the University of Exeter and the Royal Horticultural Society charity, published in Elsevier’s Landscape and Urban Planning , analysed data from nearly 8,000 people collected by Natural England between 2009 and 2016. The research, conducted with funding from Innovate UK and NIHR, found that people who spend time in the garden are significantly more likely to report general good health, higher psychological...

New partnership for local woodland

Holyford Woods Local Nature Reserve is now being managed by East Devon District Council’s Countryside Team in partnership with Axe Vale & District Conservation Society (AVDCS), following the dissolution of the long-standing Holyford Woodland Trust.

Holyford Woodland Trust (HWT) was formed in 2001 when South West Water put the wooded valley up for sale and the cost of purchase to secure this important wild space for nature was met by East Devon District Council and community fundraising, led by HWT. Since then, much good work has taken place within the woodland, to maintain and...