Green Issues: Is grazing threatened?
Sep18

Green Issues: Is grazing threatened?

Quite helpfully, I’ve left writing this column to the last minute. I normally have some idea of what I’m going to write about but this week was one of those ‘let’s wait and see what happens’ weeks. As it turns out, just as we are about to go to press, I have received a message from a town councillor about some potentially breaking news that could have a huge impact on the commons. Currently, this claim is unsubstantiated and I would...

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The sky’s the limit for Dartmoor daredevil Maureen
Sep18

The sky’s the limit for Dartmoor daredevil Maureen

A thrill-seeking pensioner who lost her husband to cancer has braved an adrenaline-fuelled skydive to raise money for charity. Maureen Shepheard, a former nurse from Okehampton, took to the skies last weekend in a stereotype-busting freefall that she had planned to complete in her 80th year. Thanks to the generosity of friends, family and the public, Maureen has raised a sky-high running total of almost £2,000 for Hospiscare....

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Working together to keep Dartmoor special
Sep18

Working together to keep Dartmoor special

L-r Ally Kohler – DNPa, Pc Martin Beck, Alison Hernandez – Pcc, Peter Harper – DNPa, Jos Mead – Ablou facilities ltd, Ben Robinson – Forestry England,Dave Roberts and Louis Bedmall – Marshals, Paul Glanville – DNPa ranger. Nature and wildlife are starting to recover at a much-loved Dartmoor beauty spot thanks to emergency powers aimed at reducing fly camping and anti-social behaviour. Dartmoor...

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Going, going ..?  Time for action
Sep04

Going, going ..? Time for action

A local fish and river conservation project is celebrating after being awarded a grant of £243,100 from The National Lottery Heritage Fund. Led by the Teign Angling & Conservation Association (TACA), this four year project aims to increase the numbers of salmon and sea trout returning to the River Teign and its tributaries. Chairman of TACA Roger Furniss said:“Thanks to The National Heritage Lottery Fund we have the opportunity to...

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Extinction Rebellion out in force across Devon
Sep04

Extinction Rebellion out in force across Devon

© Chris Saville In June the Government’s Committee on Climate Change (CCC) warned all departments to prepare for ‘a minimum 2°C rise in global temperature with consideration of 4°C’. The Paris Climate Agreement recognised 1.5°C as a desirable limit, and the CCC has advised that 4°C is the threshold of ‘extreme danger’. The Climate and Ecological Emergency Bill (www.ceebill.uk) is written by legal, political and scientific experts,...

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