Castle Drogo energy system restored
Nov02

Castle Drogo energy system restored

The National Trust has restored a 100-year-old renewable energy system at Castle Drogo, near Drewsteignton, thanks to public support. The hydropower system, which was originally designed in the early 1900s by the celebrated architect Edwin Lutyens, has been carefully restored over the past ten months, including both original turbines. It was switched on on Friday, October 20, and will be supplying green energy to the estate.  Julius...

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Local florist recognised in National Awards
Nov02

Local florist recognised in National Awards

Amy’s Flowers in the Dartmoor town of Chagford was nominated for the ‘Retail Florist Shop of the Year’ by the British Florist Association Industry and came third against florist shops from across the UK. Customers were asked to vote for their favourite flower shop, with Amy’s Flowers getting 223 votes, 14% of the vote. The award winners were announced last week at ‘FleurEx’ the national flower show in Birmingham. Alice Herrington who...

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Dartmoor restaurant loses its Michelin star
Oct05

Dartmoor restaurant loses its Michelin star

The latest edition of the Michelin Guide has removed a Dartmoor restaurant from its rankings after the venue lost its celebrity chef. The 2018 version of the world-famous guide does not include the Treby Arms at Sparkwell, which had held a Michelin star since 2015. Head chef Luke Fearon has now posted on social media about the loss. He said: “Today [October 2nd] my team and I at The Treby Arms lost our placing within the Michelin...

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Best year ever for Bovey Castle firm
Oct05

Best year ever for Bovey Castle firm

The company behind Bovey Castle has recorded a boost in profits to £27.9million. The Rigby Group, which owns Bovey Castle, Exeter Airport, Capital Air Ambulance and British International Helicopters, has just published its annual results which are the best in the Group’s 42-year history. It has recorded revenue of £2.17bn up 21.2% year-on-year. Earnings (EBITDA) of £57million, up 5.8% year-on-year. Group pre-tax profit of £27.9million...

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Futuristic plan for  Dartmoor leisure centres
Sep21

Futuristic plan for Dartmoor leisure centres

A multi-million pound investment is due to begin to improve a variety of Devon’s leisure centres. Ivybridge, Tavistock and Parklands in Okehampton are among the centres which will be revamped as part of an £8 million, three-year programme. The improvement plans are now on display for viewing at each leisure centre. Fusion Lifestyle, in partnership with South Hams District and West Devon Borough Council, will kick-start the investment...

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