Cream or jam first?
Mar22

Cream or jam first?

The National Trust has had a torrid year so far, from scrapping Easter to demanding that volunteers wear gay pride badges. But it has just got worse. The marketing department of Lanhydrock House, a National Trust property in Cornwall, used a photograph of a cream tea scone with jam on top of the cream – the Devon way of serving a cream tea. Uproar was immediate. The advert which was posted on social media by Lanhydrock House was...

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Jennie shares her royal memories
Mar22

Jennie shares her royal memories

Jennie Bond, the former BBC royal commentator, officially opened Stannary Gardens luxury housing development in Chagford last week. She spoke of her fourteen years as royal correspondent, covering events around the world including the Windsor Castle fire in 1992 and the divorces of Prince Andrew and the Prince of Wales. She revealed that she spent time with Princess Diana at Kensington Palace after Diana and Prince Charles had...

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Seed Day in Okehampton
Mar22

Seed Day in Okehampton

A seed day was held last Saturday afternoon at the Okement Centre in Okehampton organised by the Harvest Workers Coop who actively campaign for and support growers who are trying to protect our disappearing food diversity. The free event included plant and seed swapping, story telling for children and seed bomb making with Liv, so you could get your hands messy making the seed bombs by mixing compost, mud and wild seeds which would...

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Dartmoor fly-tipper dodges jail
Mar22

Dartmoor fly-tipper dodges jail

A man who dumped mountains of waste onto the moors has escaped prison ‘by the skin of his teeth’. Connor Calam, from Plymouth, already had a suspended prison sentence when he was found dumping the waste onto Dartmoor, and has dodged a custodial sentence after this most recent offence. The court heard how in January 2017 a farmer found a large quantity of rubble and other waste deposited across a track near Pudson Farm, Okehampton. The...

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Winter in Fingle Woods
Mar22

Winter in Fingle Woods

Photographs by Paul Moody Fingle Woods, captured here by Paul Moody, looks serene and beautiful in its winter mantle. This year may have been atypically cold and snowy but it is always a busy season for woodland management. The Woodland Trust and National Trust are working in partnership at Fingle to restore this ancient woodland; 825 acres in all, located in the Teign Valley on the Northern edge of Dartmoor. Many of the native...

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