Researching plastics in UK national parks
Mar22

Researching plastics in UK national parks

A scientific expedition has been launched to investigate plastic pollution in all the UK’s national parks, following the discovery of microplastics at the top of Snowdon. An outdoor swimmer, a scientist and an environmental organisation have teamed-up to test the water at some of the country’s most iconic locations. The expedition will see campaigner Laura Sanderson swim nearly 1,000km through all fifteen of the UK’s national parks....

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Chagstock festival team up with Moor Trees
Mar21

Chagstock festival team up with Moor Trees

Organisers of Chagstock festival have embarked on a tree planting campaign to mitigate the carbon generated by the event. The ‘Tunes-for-Trees’ initiative will counteract the festival’s carbon footprint over the lifetime of these new trees to be planted on Dartmoor. Chagstock has teamed up with Dartmoor tree planting charity Moor Trees, who have been planting native British species in south Devon for over 20 years. Festival organisers...

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Dartmoor looks set to benefit from improved mobile coverage
Mar20

Dartmoor looks set to benefit from improved mobile coverage

Since mobile phones have become an essential part of everyone’s daily life, users in many parts of Devon, and especially Dartmoor, have generally suffered from erratic and unstable mobile coverage depending on their network provider. For several years many rural communities across the moor have lacked mobile coverage altogether but have pragmatically resigned themselves to living in a virtual wasteland after being met with total...

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The Moorlander’s Budget 2020 Round-Up
Mar20

The Moorlander’s Budget 2020 Round-Up

Central Park Plymouth © Copyright Lewis Clarke Delivering his first Budget, just three weeks into the job, would have been a nerve-wrecking and difficult task at the best of times. However, in the middle of a global crisis, Chancellor Rishi Sunak’s job was even harder. The Conservative Party at the election last year promised masses of investment, up and down the country: in roads, broadband and infrastructure – ‘levelling-up’, as it...

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How a greengrocer’s son turned funeral director has won multiple Golds at RHS Chelsea
Mar20

How a greengrocer’s son turned funeral director has won multiple Golds at RHS Chelsea

Son of working class greengrocer, Cardiff-born Tim Penrose has reinvented himself several times during his 55 frenetic years. From moonlighting at a local radio station to an ‘enjoyable’ career as an undertaker, owning a resplendent coffee house to being crowned King of the hostas, you can add auctioneer to Tim’s eclectic CV. The Moorlander looks back at this highly personable and entertaining entrepreneur’s formative years and...

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Histories and Mysteries: Beyond the Hound of the Baskervilles, Pt 2
Mar12

Histories and Mysteries: Beyond the Hound of the Baskervilles, Pt 2

In the last part of this serialised Histories and Mysteries investigation into the legends behind The Hound of the Baskervilles, we noted that people have recorded stories of phantom dogs for many hundreds of years. We also explored some of the history of the physical dog and saw that it has been domesticated since early prehistoric times. It is little wonder that the archetype of the actual dog is such a strong one, and also...

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