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Devon Climate Emergency | June 2023

Welcome To Our June Newsletter!

Adaptation Strategy bannerThe world is warming, and the Southwest needs to adapt.

The Devon, Cornwall and Isles of Scilly Climate Adaptation Strategy is now open for consultation. It’s designed to help you understand the risks your community might face and how to respond to climate change.

Acting now will create a fairer, healthier, and more prosperous society in the years to come.

Give your feedback at

The consultation closes on Friday 30th June.

Positive Climate NewsThere are many actions already taking place across Devon that are successfully reducing greenhouse gas emissions and implementing the Devon Carbon Plan. Here are our picks for the month!

You can see more positive actions and stay updated throughout the month by visiting the Taking Action page on our website.

Big Spring Sow Creates Wildflower Meadows Across Exeter

Wildflower meadowDevon Wildlife Trust’s ‘Big Spring Sow‘ has planted miniature wildflower meadows across Exeter with the help of local communities, and more meadows are on their way.

Meadows can be found in:

  • Bury Meadow Community Garden
  • St Bartholomew’s Cemetery
  • The Beacon Centre, Beacon Heath
  • St Thomas Community Garden
  • Elaine Close, Beacon Heath
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New Exeter Cycleway Approved

Woman cycling on a segregated cycle path 

A new two-way, segregated cycleway along Rifford Road in Exeter has been approved by Devon County Council.

It will run for approximately 700m along the east side of Rifford Road, between the junctions with Honiton Road and Ludwell Lane.

The work will also add new crossings for pedestrians and narrow a number of side-roads to slow traffic.

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Energy Efficiency Upgrades Available For Low-Income Households Without Mains Gas

Man does construction work inside a houseLower-income householders whose homes are not on the gas grid are invited to apply for free energy efficiency improvements to their homes.

Upgrades could include cavity wall insulation, solid wall insulation, loft insulation, external wall insulation, draught proofing, underfloor insulation, low energy lighting, heat pumps, heating controls, solar PV (where heating is electric), solar thermal and double glazing.

Check your eligibility and apply through the Energy Saving Devon website.

Visit Energy Saving Devon

Wild Honiton Launches With Fun Family Event

Bug box makingEast Devon District Council's new Wild Honiton project launched at the start of May with a day out at Honiton Bottom Nature Reserve.

Visitors of all ages enjoyed willow weaving, bat and bird box making and a range of walks amongst other crafts and activities.

Wild Honiton aims to celebrate the nature on your doorstep and connect you to your local nature reserve. See more from Wild East Devon at the link below.

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Big Plymouth Travel Challenge Begins

Big Plymouth Travel Challenge poster

The Big Plymouth Travel Challenge is happening this June!

This month, anyone who lives or works in Plymouth can register and log their active journeys for the chance to win great prizes like shopping vouchers and free journeys on Beryl Bikes.

Visit the website to get involved and see carbon emissions and money saved so far.

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Teignbridge Residents Invited To Take Part In Making Change Study

Making Changes Study graphicTeignbridge residents can get involved with the Making Changes Study to earn up to £100 in vouchers and help to reduce Teignbridge's carbon footprint.

The study aims to help people make the changes they want to make to their lifestyle to save money on bills, be more active, cut down on car use, help tackle climate change and more.

Workshops will run between June 2023 and January 2024.

Read More And Get Involved

Devon Climate Emergency Updates

Getting Creative At The Devon County Show!

Two women point at a Devon Climate Emergency bannerThanks to everyone who stopped by our stand at the Devon County Show last month!

We had some great conversations about climate action in Devon and shared the work of the Net Zero Visions project. For the project, we've been working with the University of Plymouth, commissioned creatives and local communities to produce artistic 'Visions' of Devon as net-zero by 2050 in a variety of mediums.

We presented the wide range of art produced for the project, asked visitors to pledge to reduce their emissions for the chance to win an art kit, and had art stations ready to go for young people to create and display their own Visions of where they live!

Woman smiling with an art kit

Dates for the DiaryFind out about upcoming events across Devon below.

Fabric tilesThe Loving Earth Project - Exhibition; RHS Rosemoor; Friday 9th June to Tuesday 13th June

Sixty of the textile panels from The Loving Earth Project are being displayed in the Garden Room at Rosemoor from 9th to 13th to June.

The Loving Earth Project - which is a Quaker-led project about the survival of the planet - was hailed as “one of the best cultural events in Scotland for COP 26”.

It focuses on climate change issues, identified as concerns by individuals and illustrated in textiles. Each panel is unique and represent the many concerns that people have about a future threatened by the climate crisis. Each panel is accompanied by a short statement from the maker.

This is the first time that a selection of panels has been seen in North Devon.

No booking required - free for RHS members, normal garden admission applies.

Pedal Power graphicIvybridge Pedal Power; Leonard's Road Car Park, Ivybridge; Saturday 1st July, 10:00am – 5:00pm

This family day out will have a host of exciting activities to enjoy, all promoting the benefits of active travel in the South Hams.

Activities include velodrome cycling, guided bike rides around the area, adult cycle confidence taster sessions, skateboarding sessions, a free bike service and more.

Find Out More

Manor Gardens graphicExmouth Vegan-Eco Fair; Manor Gardens, Exmouth; Saturday 1st July, 10:30am –4:00pm

The Exmouth Vegan-Eco Market is now coming to Manor Gardens in Exmouth!

Enjoy a fun day with hot food trailers, a vegan bar, a self-care area complete with exercise classes and therapy, and children's activities. Everything is zero waste and vegan, plus the event is free entry!

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Group of teenagers walking in a forestForest Rising Workshops; Plymouth, South Devon, West Devon and Dartmoor; April – July

The free Forest Rising programme gives 16-28 year olds the opportunity to get involved with the creation and running of the Plymouth and South Devon Community Forest. They will develop ideas, design woodland habitats and activity they want to see, sit at the table with decision makers and implement their ideas in relation to nature recovery.

The programme includes several workshops and a final event to bring everyone together. See the full list of dates, times and locations on their website.

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