Breakthrough announcement for Dartmoor rail line
Dec01

Breakthrough announcement for Dartmoor rail line

Chris Grayling, the Transport Secretary, has announced that the rail lines closed during the infamous 1960s cuts are under discussion to be reopened. Mr Grayling said he wants to identify which routes would boost the economy, encourage house-building and ease overcrowding. The most promising part of the announcement was that the route from Okehampton to Exeter has been included in the proposal. The route could provide a vital...

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The story of Fox Halt Farm
Dec01

The story of Fox Halt Farm

Celia Moore published her debut novel, Fox Halt Farm, in November and will be taking her book on a tour of Dartmoor. In the next few weeks she has book signings in Totnes, Crediton, Tedburn St Mary, Okehampton and Widecombe, where she is selling and signing her new book. She says through the book she is meeting new people and catching up with a few friends who she hasn’t seen for years. Celia grew up on a farm midway between...

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Deadline Day for Steward Wood Community
Dec01

Deadline Day for Steward Wood Community

Today, Saturday 2nd December is the deadline day for the Steward Wood Community who live on their own land in the woods near Moretonhampstead. The enforcement notice to evict the community issued by the Dartmoor National Park Authority (DPNA) now comes into action. Daniel Thomas-Mills, one of the founders of the community said: “We have been down-sizing, a number of people have left and some others are planning to leave.” The...

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THIS REPORT EFFECTS DARTMOOR
Dec01

THIS REPORT EFFECTS DARTMOOR

Villages and small towns across the land have lost more than 1 million young people over the last 30 years as they gravitate towards the cities and urban areas for education and to find work. In the same period smaller towns and villages have seen an influx of 2 million over 65’s. Cities get younger as smaller towns and villages get much older. A report by the Centre for Towns, a new think tank, are to publish data from academics and...

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Awash with plastic
Dec01

Awash with plastic

For those of you who watched last week’s Blue Planet, you would have seen the awful footage of all the plastic in our seas. At least 8 million tonnes of plastic finds its way into the Earth’s oceans every year, with some studies saying it could be as much as 12.7 million tonnes. Sea creatures are being poisoned by the chemicals as well as choked by the particles and humans are therefore ingesting this nasty stuff too – the fish we eat...

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