Plans for Premier Inn deferred due to ecological concerns
Oct26

Plans for Premier Inn deferred due to ecological concerns

Plans for the 80 bedroom Premier Inn at Ashburton have been deferred following concerns over the ecological impact of a hotel at the site. Having met on Friday, 4th October, the Dartmoor National Park Authority Development Management Committee were recommended to refuse the plans, but prior to the discussion Philip Sanders, chairman of the committee, shared that it would instead be deferred until a later date. The delay comes as...

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Charlotte Faulkner – campaigner for ponies on Dartmoor
Oct24

Charlotte Faulkner – campaigner for ponies on Dartmoor

Treasuring fond memories of family life on a farm in Sussex, Charlotte Faulkner is no stranger to rural communities and the animals that shape them. Now a pioneering force in securing the future of the Dartmoor Pony, she recalls how it was her “incredible” first Hill Pony Collie who has played a significant role in both her childhood and now her life’s work. “My mum was found riding the cows on the farm when she was 14, and her dad...

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‘HMS Cornwood’ is installed at local school
Oct24

‘HMS Cornwood’ is installed at local school

Pupils at Cornwood School have been celebrating the instalment of a new outdoor learning area this month, thanks to kind pledges from supporters across the local area. Having raised a spectacular £22,000 to reinvent the outside space, work began at Cornwood School over the summer holidays, with local businesses and “parent power” coming together to complete the project in time for winter. The funds raised were a result of many events...

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Hedgehog care in Chudleigh
Oct22

Hedgehog care in Chudleigh

Hedgehogs are alive and well in Chudleigh. Residents have them hibernating and breeding in their gardens right in the centre of the town. Unfortunately, their activities also means they get injured on our roads during the night time as their territory can be extensive, maybe as much as a mile. Chudleigh Prickly Hedge is a new group which aims to support hedgehogs by raising awareness and support in the town and their Facebook page has...

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Multi million pound campaign launched to save ancient Ausewell Woods
Sep24

Multi million pound campaign launched to save ancient Ausewell Woods

Two of the country’s largest conservation charities are joining forces, hoping to raise £2 million to buy and restore precious ancient woodland found at Ausewell Woods, near Ashburton. National conservation charities The Woodland Trust and The National Trust are working collaboratively to secure the future of the beautiful woods found in the Dart Valley, with plans to restore the natural ancient woodland to its former glory and allow...

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