Category Archives: social and communication

Hospice nightwalk 2017

Yesterday’s rain cleared away in time for the North Devon Hospice’s Nightwalk. We were encouraged to be colourful, and that’s Farm Shop Fiona in the middle there, putting the rest of us to shame! Eleven miles is quite a hike, and took us about 3.5 hours but we were helped on our way by this

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Helping out the Plough Arts Centre

We’re on The Plough Arts Centre’s list for band accommodation – no charge. It’s nice to be able to help small enterprises bring the arts to rural Devon and great to meet new people and look after them on their travels. Yesterday The Lowest Pair and their tour driver stayed over in Beech Lodge after a

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Cycle path clean up

This is Winkleigh cycle path, running from the sports centre back to the village and much used by dog walkers, kids going to the play park, and of course Maggie and Euan cycling from Wheatland Farm to school and back. It was relatively new when we first moved to Winkleigh, about 10 years ago, but the

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An evening walk with Winkleigh’s green group

On Friday the Winkleigh ‘Green group’ came for an evening wander around the farm. It’s an informal set up where anyone can drop by, and about 12 people turned up. We took a walk around and explained how we manage the land for wildlife rather than food, and how the holiday accommodation finances that, then

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You helped us raise £280 for the Devon Wildlife Trust. Thanks.

This cheque is in the post to the Devon Wildlife Trust – and it’s come from all our guests. Many thanks. When you book we let you know that if you pay the balance of your holiday cost by BACS we will give £5 to the Devon Wildlife Trust. And lots of you do. So

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Talking at the West Country Tourism Conference 2016

Wednesday and Thursday were the dates for this year’s West Country Tourism Conference, in Exeter. Maggie was invited to talk about sustainable tourism. We often hear the argument that 20% of the holidaying public have extra access needs, and tourism should adapt to that. It’s true. But we went one further and pitched the idea

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Devon Environmental Business Initiative board meeting

Last week Ian went to the Devon board meeting in Exeter (a train and bike ride away – apparently the helmet drew comment at reception). David Rose has joined the board from SW water, bringing his low carbon experience. We remember him from his time judging some of the Devon and South West tourism awards.

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Biofuel powered mowers arrive for new orchard

 Our new mowers have arrived for the orchard, recently planted with traditional Devon apple varieties. The mowers are powered by biofuel – the grass in the orchard – and should be almost carbon neutral. We can’t really afford (and don’t understand) this high tech approach so we’ve loaned the technology from our helpful friends at

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Spreading the word on wildlife

I’m not that happy chatting – I’d rather write. But I got asked to do a few minutes on BBC radio Devon (Sat 19 March, Good Morning Devon) on the Get Wild About Devon scheme. And of course I couldn’t say no… What was it all about? The scheme provided an experienced naturalist who walks

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New green network for Winkleigh

A friend and I have been meaning to get together for a drink and to ‘talk green’ since the chutney swap last October. Well this week we got things underway at the village pub. And encouragingly 14 people turned up. That’s not bad for a start. We had a Parish Councillor, the ex head of

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