Recycling in West Devon is Rubbish
Apr05

Recycling in West Devon is Rubbish

After a call to the office from a Moorlander reader, The Moorlander thought it important to investigate plastic recycling across the Dartmoor area. Different borough councils have different recycling rules and it appears that this is accepted without challenge. But why can Teignbridge residents put plastic packaging in their kerbside boxes and West Devon cannot? South Hams can only recycle plastic bottles, but you can put Tetra Paks...

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Green Issues: Farming for the future
Mar22

Green Issues: Farming for the future

We’ve had some pretty extreme weather recently. For just a couple of days, before the Beast from the East hit, I would look out of my kitchen window at the primroses, stand in the sunshine and feel an irresistible urge to eat salad. That’s what happens in spring, you see. Our bodies come out of hibernation and we stop craving hearty, heavy soups and stews and head towards the cucumbers and raw carrots instead. Then it snowed. It’s...

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Green Issues: Power of Passions
Mar08

Green Issues: Power of Passions

I receive a large number of emails asking me to sign this petition, share that petition, email my MP about this or that…and it got me thinking about the wide range of people’s passions. We are all aware of the huge push to reduce plastic right now and that has come from one person’s lifelong passion for the environment and the natural world. Sir David Attenborough has been an inspiration to generations and his programmes have no...

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That’s not my badger!
Feb23

That’s not my badger!

My background is in environmental education and this is a subject that I think is more important than ever right now. As a race we have become so bogged down in the daily running of our lives that we form a bubble around ourselves that appears to limit our vision of the wider world. I am guilty of this too, sometimes. You can forget that there is so much beauty and wonder in the world if you only stop to take a moment. As children,...

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Future of bioluminescence
Feb08

Future of bioluminescence

The mighty power of plants is incredible and awe-inspiring. Saplings force their way up through stones and tree roots cause pavements to erupt. Some seeds can remain dormant for years before magically coming to life and producing wonderous flowers and leaves. The snowdrops, crocuses and early daffodils brave the still freezing temperatures to remind us that there is new life to be found in the dark grey winter months. Plants have been...

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