No.10 votes for Dartmoor Christmas Tree
Nov29

No.10 votes for Dartmoor Christmas Tree

A local Christmas tree business based at Haldon Forest, Dartmoor Christmas Trees, has once again been selected to provide Downing Street with a Christmas tree this year. In this year’s competition, which is run by the British Christmas Tree Growers Association, Dartmoor Christmas Trees won the grower of the year as well as three other awards – Best Natural Wreath, Runner up Best Other Fir (Fraser) and Best Nordmann Fir....

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Green Issues: One small step for the Earth…
Nov25

Green Issues: One small step for the Earth…

At the beginning of the month, the government announced that it would end its support for fracking in England. A report by the Oil and Gas Authority (OGA), in conjunction with four independent studies, concluded that ‘it is not currently possible to accurately predict the probability or magnitude of earthquakes linked to fracking operations’. Fracking, also known as hydraulic fracturing, is the heavy process of pumping water,...

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Flytipping scourge continues…
Nov24

Flytipping scourge continues…

Just when you thought this blight had abated, lo and behold THIS dreadful desecration of our beautiful Devon countryside appears once more! This latest incident of fly-tipping was spotted on 31st October at a lay-by just outside Halwill Junction on the A3079. Some of the items are so distinctive and recognisable that some one, somewhere must know who is responsible and they deserve to be reported and prosecuted. The dumped items...

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Designated? But what do all the letters mean?
Nov23

Designated? But what do all the letters mean?

Reading a recent edition of the Moorlander whilst sat in my local pub, I read an article about the recently published State of Nature report, which if you read what has been written (or the report itself) is all pretty depressing. Nature in the UK is not doing at all well; even in beautiful parts of the country such as Dartmoor the decline is evident and demonstrable. Whilst reading the article I spotted a statistic stating that even...

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DIGITALK: Political influence creeping into tech and entertainment
Nov22

DIGITALK: Political influence creeping into tech and entertainment

There has been a lot of international controversy recently involving the political influence of countries on technology and gaming companies – in particular, China. You may be wondering how this affects us out here on the moor, half the world away or more, in a seemingly uninvolved country. How many items do you own stamped with “Made in China”? Your computer? Your phone? Your TV? I’m willing to wager that the majority of us...

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