The Big Picture
Mar26

The Big Picture

Chagford from Meldon Hill by Eleanor ludgate

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Histories & Mysteries: Abolisher of Slavery.  Founder of Toronto.  Laid to Rest in Devon.
Mar24

Histories & Mysteries: Abolisher of Slavery. Founder of Toronto. Laid to Rest in Devon.

Travelling a few miles North East of Exeter, just outside Dunkeswell in East Devon, you’ll come across a small, charming chapel. What is most unusual about it, however, is that it flies the Canadian flag despite being situated in the middle of the English countryside. Why, I hear you ask? Well, Wolford Chapel is the burial site of Lord Simcoe, 1st Lieutenant Governor of Upper Canada and it is the property of the Canadian province of...

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Exeter to Manchester flights rescued
Mar23

Exeter to Manchester flights rescued

After the collapse of Flybe recently, concerns were raised as to the loss of the South West’s connectivity to the rest of the country and beyond. It has now been announced that regional airline Blue Islands has rescued flight routes from Exeter to Manchester and will be operating multiple daily flights. Rob Veron, CEO of Blue Islands commented: “We understand the importance of regional connectivity, with 120,000 passengers flying...

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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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