- People all over the district sign up to plant trees in their local area with SHDC and community groups.
- The Duke of Somerset makes available all the spaces identified for Community woodlands.
- Local volunteers get involved in first year of ‘Nature Watch’ local biodiversity assessment.
- A gardening revolution is underway across the area. The gardening fashions of the last 10 years are a thing of the past, as decking is torn out and use to edge raised beds, concrete and tarmac surfaces are removed, and large expanses of lawns gradually disappear. The obsession with growing food is seen in the most unexpected places, and for biodiversity, this is a very positive trend.
- T&D garden centres open new sections on plants for wildlife. They supply information about the plants and the wildlife they will attract and how some of the weeds in gardens are important to leave.
- Church leaders in T&D get together and form a non-denominational ”Eco-Church” to address biodiversity problems together. They encourage parishioners to get involved in local conservation actions, commission a bat survey in their church buildings and invite ideas about transforming church environs to attract more wildlife.
- Community groups work together with local farmers on 1st phase of major hedgerow planting scheme.
- A community forest garden is opened at Dartington as a demonstration model to encourage others.
Policy Makers & Service Providers
- Devon CC Highways dept. agrees that all non-vehicular pathways will be lined with large logs left to rot to benefit wildlife
- Schools biodiversity project expands to create a small nature garden in every local school, bird and bat boxes and native trees are on site and they adopt bee hives in conjunction with local farmers
- DCC biodiversity monitoring under BAP reveals extensive damage to biodiversity is continuing and issues major warning about global warming. They host a regional seminar that discusses bringing together low impact food production while maximising biodiversity.
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