Dartmoor Commoners’ dissent with Whitehorse Hill Peatland Conservation Project. Dartmoor Society calls for work to stop for re-evaluation
Mar20

Dartmoor Commoners’ dissent with Whitehorse Hill Peatland Conservation Project. Dartmoor Society calls for work to stop for re-evaluation

Frank Phillpotts’ Peat Pass after damming by the Mires Project, White Horse Hill. © Chris Chapman 2021 Dartmoor Commoners who farm the High Moor around Whitehorse Hill, one of Dartmoor’s highest points and the site of the unique Early Bronze Age burial cist excavated in 2011, have been upset in recent weeks by the actions of South West Water amongst the peat mires. South West Water is the major contractor currently carrying out peat...

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The first of many?
Jan28

The first of many?

It’s been a while since I’ve had a good old rant in the Green Issues column. Many of you probably breathed a sigh of relief! There have been lots of other things going on, to be fair, and although Green Issues is always important, sometimes one’s brain only has so much space left to process things. So, Brexit. We all wondered what that would look like. Would the Government get the deal they wanted? Would they get a deal at all? What...

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Get ready for the Big Garden Birdwatch
Jan22

Get ready for the Big Garden Birdwatch

The RSPB’s annual event, the Big Garden Birdwatch, is once again taking place between 29th and 31st January. The summer lockdown last year saw many people take more notice of the wildlife in their gardens and parks, and it is hoped that the increase in interest will motivate more people to take part. It’s easy to join in – register on the RSPB website and receive a free guide plus help with identifying the birds you might see, then...

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Campaigners request response over climate inaction
Nov17

Campaigners request response over climate inaction

More than 20 campaigners in the Torridge and West Devon constituency are accusing their MP, Geoffrey Cox, of failing to address their concerns. The group all share a belief that the Government is not doing enough to combat the climate and nature crises. And they say they have been trying to persuade Mr Cox to acknowledge their concerns since June. However, despite lobbying the MP by email, letters and telephone calls the campaigners...

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Green Issues: It’s our duty
Oct02

Green Issues: It’s our duty

My brother and I were huge Michael Jackson fans when we were young. My brother would spend hours in front of the TV, watching the music videos and trying to copy the dance moves. He got quite good in the end. But what made me think of this now is Michael Jackson’s song, Heal the World. As a young person already deeply concerned by what was happening to the earth, I was a member of WWF (World Wildlife Fund, as it was then) and used to...

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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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