The rewilding of Dartmoor – Who really understands what is meant by ‘rewilding’? – Part 2
Sep08

The rewilding of Dartmoor – Who really understands what is meant by ‘rewilding’? – Part 2

The Haytor Granite Railway is kept clear of vegetation by the Commoners, with the additional help and support of DNPA Rangers and volunteers – photographs © Mike Rego By Mike Rego In this article, continued from issue 131, Mike looks at how we have achieved the landscape as we see it now, and investigates some examples on Dartmoor where different management techniques have drastically different effects. In these times of climate...

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Memorial to George Bidder unveiled:‘The Arithmetical Phenomenon’ of Moretonhampstead

Members of the Bidder family came from as far afield as Edinburgh to witness the unveiling ceremony © Mike Rego By Mike Rego At 11:30am on Saturday, 24th July, in spite of the mizzle, a small crowd of 40 to 50 people gathered at the top of Lime Street in Moretonhampstead to witness the official unveiling of a memorial bust to one of Moretonhampstead’s most famous sons, George Parker Bidder. George Bidder was born in Lime Street in...

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Be part of a Plan for West Devon
Jul28

Be part of a Plan for West Devon

© Lewis Clarke West Devon Borough Council is taking the first steps towards developing a new long-term strategic plan to help our communities to thrive. Being put forward in response to the newly evolving challenges and opportunities of the post-pandemic landscape, the ‘Plan for West Devon’ sets out the long-term strategic direction for the Council and Borough as a whole for years to come. The Plan for West Devon will also include a...

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Plans approved for rockfall shelter extension to protect vital stretch of railway
May15

Plans approved for rockfall shelter extension to protect vital stretch of railway

Artist’s impression – view from the sea of proposed rockfall shelter © Network Rail Teignbridge District Council has approved Network Rail’s plans to extend an existing rockfall shelter over the railway line between Dawlish and Holcombe in Devon. Network Rail hopes to begin construction work in August on the 209m long extension of the rockfall shelter north of Parsons Tunnel, which will help protect trains against falling rocks along...

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DCC remains blue but Liberal Democrats  and Greens make gains
May14

DCC remains blue but Liberal Democrats and Greens make gains

All seven Labour councillors The Conservatives have retained the control of Devon County Council for another four years – but with a reduced majority. Under John Hart’s leadership, they have been in charge of the council since 2009, and this month’s local elections saw them stretch that reign until 2025. Coming into the vote, the Conservatives held 41 of the 60 seats, but they only held on to 39 following the conclusion of the...

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HSBC announce closure of Tavistock, Torquay and Plymouth branches
Feb11

HSBC announce closure of Tavistock, Torquay and Plymouth branches

There is no doubt that over the last twelve months the COVID-19 pandemic has accelerated an already fast-moving migration to online shopping leaving the traditional high street bereft of once familiar household names, while local, independent, ‘owner-driver’ enterprises struggle on in the face of ever-declining footfall. High rent or lease agreements, excessive business rates and soaring car park charges are often cited for the high...

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