Guy Singh-Watson:  “Some farmers were sceptical but I really didn’t care”
Sep20

Guy Singh-Watson: “Some farmers were sceptical but I really didn’t care”

Guy Singh-Watson is the founder of Riverford Organic. A straight-talking eco-warrior who’s reinvented the vegetable box, with bags of entrepreneurial spirit. A successful businessman who has stayed true to his roots. Today, Buckfastleigh-based Riverford Organic has over 650 employees, packing and shipping around 50,000 boxes of Devon veggies every week, resulting in a dizzying £60m turnover. The business had humble beginnings though....

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National Parks could be set for radical reform
Sep07

National Parks could be set for radical reform

A government advisor has suggested that UK national parks should adopt US-style rangers in order to thrive. Nature writer Julian Glover has been placed as head of the review of National Parks and Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty. The review was enacted by former environment secretary Michael Gove. Julian Glover said that UK parks need more funding and information, comparing them to National Parks in the US. He also suggested a...

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Drone technology being used to tackle sheep rustling
Aug29

Drone technology being used to tackle sheep rustling

Drone technology is being employed by police during night patrols following the slaughter of sheep on farms. This new move has been seen as the latest move to tackle UK’s worst rural crime wave in seven years. The killing of 80 animals occurred on farms in Northamptonshire. They were then butchered and sold illegally to restaurants and shops. The use of technology by police investigating is indicative of the way policing is going to...

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Increase in rural drug crime
Aug23

Increase in rural drug crime

Exclusive by Ross Bryant and Ben Fox Drug related crime is increasing in rural towns, whilst significantly falling in cities and larger towns in the South West, according to new figures. The new data shows a national trend, with increasing drug related crime in rural towns and villages, with the increase in County Lines gangs thought to be the major driver for the change in behaviour. County Lines is the term used to describe urban...

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Royal Clarence Hotel  up for sale ‘with sadness’
Aug17

Royal Clarence Hotel up for sale ‘with sadness’

The owners of the Royal Clarence Hotel, Exeter, which was destroyed by fire in 2016 have announced that the site is up for sale. The developers have concluded that they could not viably restore the hotel to its former glory. The Andrew Brownsword Hotels group, who also own Gidleigh Park on Dartmoor, say The Royal Clarence Hotel has undergone “significant” restoration work since the fire. The hotel’s owner, Andrew Brownsword, said he...

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