Catch up with what the Biosphere Reserve Team have been doing during January and February
North Devon AONB and Biosphere Service

New Roof for Old Stable

The Biosphere Life’s Journey Project has funded a new roof on an old stable used for horses on the Rolle Canal more than 150 years ago.  New access and interpretation will follow.

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Apples Sweeten Vinegar Hill

The Biosphere team has been working with the Bideford Sustainability Group to plant two community orchards alongside the Tarka Trail. East the Water Primary School pupils helped to plant apple, pear and quince trees. By the time they leave secondary school the orchard will producing a regular crop for everyone to enjoy.  Another community orchard has also been planted beside the Trail near Fremington and will be cared for by students with learning difficulties from Petroc College.

Biosphere Receives £700,000 for Nature Improvement Area

The North Devon Biosphere Reserve partnership's bid to establish a Nature Improvement Area based on the Torridge river catchment has been chosen by Defra as one of 12 national pilots. The NIA partners will receive just over £700,000 to help restore 1,000 hectares of habitat, and 20 kilometres of the River Torridge. The funding is matched against over £3million of support from public, private and voluntary sectors. Find out all about NIA

Photo courtesy of David Chamberlain (DWT)


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£10,000 for Sustainable Communities
The Big Lottery Fund has announced a £10,000 grant to help communities throughout the Biosphere Reserve adopt behaviours that are kinder to the environment and at the same time make economic and social sense.  The grant also comes with an invitation to the Biosphere Partnership to submit a more detailed second stage proposal for up to £1million.  Find out more.

Sustainable Sands

The Biosphere Team have designed a scheme to increase the amount of sand building up on Instow dunes and reduce the amount deposited on the beach and spilling on to the highway. It should mean less money being spent on  regularly clearing sand from the drains and roads.  Find out more.

The next Biosphere Partnership Meeting will be on
  21st June 2012 - Venue to be arranged.

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