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Join other Devonians on Zoom meetings looking for ways to build back greener, to explore our history, or to stay connected during this lockdown.
Highlights this February include:
- Wildlife Gems of the South Hams
- Zero Carbon Community Led Housing
- Birdwatching on Lundy
- The OkeRail and the Connect Bude campaign
More events https://www.hartstongue.co.uk/index.php/events
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Devon Wildlife Trust A hardy little plant, the Primrose can flower from as early as December in mild years, appearing all the way through the spring until May. It favours woodland clearings, hedgerows and grassland habitats, and sometimes even gardens. Primroses are the food plant of the caterpillars of the rare Duke of Burgundy butterfly, which is a Priority Species under the UK Post-2010 Biodiversity Framework. Since Victorian times, April 19th has been known as 'Primrose Day' in honour of the late Prime Minister Benjamin Disraeli; Primroses, his favourite flowers, are placed at his statue in Westminster Abbey and his grave at Hughenden in Buckinghamshire.
How to identify
Primroses are low-growing plants with rough, tongue-like leaves that grow in a rosette. Their flowers are large and creamy, with deep yellow centres, and often appear clustered together.
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The Global Centre, Exeter has been one of the steering group partners involved in working towards achieving Fairtrade status for the County of Devon. Devon first achieved Fairtrade status on 8th October 2008 and this was successfully renewed in subsequent years.
Thanks to Devon County Council for their on-going support for Fairtrade in Devon.
Devon currently has 7 FairTrade Schools and 13 FairTrade Communities. A further 6 communities have not renewed their status recently.
FairTrade Devon Devon Development Education, 17 St David's Hill, Exeter EX4 3RG
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The search for life on Mars was made possible by parachute fabric manufactured in Devon using renewable energy
Heathcoat Fabrics is a market-leading manufacturer of knitted and woven fabrics. Redefining technical textiles is a skill that we have perfected as a business. Our aim is to solve complex challenges and convert opportunities into value for each individual customer.
This approach has helped us to forge a worldwide reputation for unmatched quality, new ideas and total customer focus. Our skills enable us to deliver a consistently high standard across multiple industries.
We work with world-class suppliers to ensure our capabilities are always above and beyond our competitors. Our no-compromise approach is driven by customer needs first and foremost.
Heathcoat Fabrics Limited West Exe, Tiverton EX16 5LL
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We want to make Bradninch a better place to live in the future by running events that benefit all residents, while reducing waste and being green!
Recent projects In 2020 we have been thrilled to be able to open our Bradninch Community Food Shed, in spite of the Covid-19 pandemic. Located in an old outhouse just off Fore Street, this project is a way of distributing waste food from supermarkets and food businesses to the public. We take their waste or leftover food, collected by our dedicated team of volunteers, then place it on our shelves or in our fridge. It is then free for anyone to take and use. It was open in time for the second Lockdown, providing free food for our community. It is also open for donations of food or dry goods from the community and there is a donation box in our local Spar shop.
Future plans Next year we will hopefully be running a number of online Zoom talks for members of our community to find out more about various aspects of sustainability. We will invite expert guest speakers to talk on a variety of subjects including energy, food, climate and composting. We would love to have a website and have been looking at collaborating with other local groups, including helping to set up other community fridges or larders.
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This is the Earl Of Portsmouth Preservation Society's 'Save The Earl' Community Project, a small local community group passionate about saving our traditional pub in the heart of our village in Chawleigh. We are looking to raise enough money to purchase the pub and run it as a viable, flourishing business geared towards catering for the needs of our local community and visitors coming to this beautiful area.
The Earl of Portsmouth Preservation Society Chawleigh Community Trust, Ridgeway House, Chawleigh, Chulmleigh, Devon, EX18 7EZ
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Devon Wildlife Trust Perhaps the first sign that spring is just around the corner is the snowdrop poking its way through the frosted soil of a woodland, churchyard or garden. From January, look for its famous nodding, white flowers.
The snowdrop is a familiar spring flower, coming into bloom in January and flowering until March. Despite its long history in the UK, however, it may not actually be native here; it is a native of damp woods and meadows on the continent, but was not recorded as growing wild in the UK until the late 18th century. Nevertheless, it has certainly become naturalised from garden escapees, and white snowdrop 'valleys' can now be seen across the country.
How to identify
The snowdrop displays nodding, white flowers, each carried on a single stem. The narrow, grey-green leaves appear around the base of the stem. Snowdrop plants often form clumps.
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The energy efficiency of Mid Devon buildings has improved over the last ten years from an average rating of 58 at a rating of 64. During the same time, buildings in England have improved from 62 to almost 67. Local Energy Advice Partnerships can give you free impartial advice about the best methods to upgrade your home insulation. They will also be able to tell you if you are eligible for any grants for home improvements. The LEAP partner for Mid Devon is Exeter Community Energy who run Healthy Homes Clinics. During lockdown these clinics are available online.
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We are an all-volunteer organisation which runs the town museum (including its family history Research Corner), maintains a substantial archive of local documents and photographs, and presents a fascinating programme of local history talks.
Crediton Area History And Museum Society was founded in September 1984 by a group of enthusiastic local historians led by Rev. Christopher Gilham who aimed to promote interest in local history and to provide Crediton with a museum. The society became a registered charity in 1991.
Crediton Museum and Heritage Centre opened in April 2010 in the ground floor room of the Old Town Hall in Crediton High Street. It is run entirely by volunteers with funds from grants, donations and fundraising events.
Over the last 25 years the Society has put on a number of successful exhibitions focusing on Crediton and its people at different periods of history. In addition, monthly lectures are held, usually at the Boniface Centre in Crediton, and visits to places of historic importance and occasional social events are organised.
The Society sends representatives to other committees such as those refurbishing the Town Hall, reinstating Upper Deck at George Hill, and Crediton Festivals.
Crediton Area History & Museum Society The Old Town Hall, High Street, Crediton EX17 3LF
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