Close up of panels on a Devon solar farm

Councils powerless to stop solar panels made by enslaved workers from being installed in the county, says Devon CPRE

As councillors in Mid Devon prepare to decide whether to grant planning permission for a huge solar farm at Langford, the local branch of the countryside charity CPRE has revealed that local authorities are being forced to accept solar panels made using forced labour in China. Several Devon councils have admitted to the charity that despite statements on their websites about human rights and...

Clean Devon backs Keep Britain Tidy's nationwide litter campaign

Clean Devon backs Keep Britain Tidy's nationwide litter campaign

Devon residents and community groups are being called on to help clean up the county, as Keep Britain Tidy's nationwide annual Great British Spring Clean returns.

The national litter picking campaign aims to clean up our nation through a #MillionMileMission. The event has been organised to start from 28 May to 13 June.

Clean Devon , a multi-agency partnership is backing the...

New #StayLocalShopSafe campaign launches to encourage local and safe shopping

In East Devon, the Reopening of the High Streets programme is supporting a district wide media campaign, #StayLocalShopSafe, to inform residents and visitors about how to use their high streets and town centres safely and showcasing how local businesses are responding to the unprecedented challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic by adapting, evolving and reaching out to their community, offering...

Torquay Barber launches campaign to support mens mental health as hairdressers reopen

Torquay Barber launches campaign to support mens mental health as hairdressers reopen

Barbers across the UK have today joined forces to inspire men to open up about mental health issues. As hairdressers in England finally reopen their doors to eager customers, barbers from Torquay to Tynemouth and beyond are launching the #OurDoorIsOpen campaign in a bid to ensure those whose mental health has been badly affected by lockdown get the support they need.

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Dance in your pants to help men with cancer!

A South West charity is calling on people in Devon to dance, sing and play music in their pants to raise money to help local men with testicular cancer.

It’s the “Men In Pants” campaign from It’s in the Bag Cancer Support. The campaign is running throughout April, which is Testicular Cancer Awareness Month.

Supporters, known as “Testicle Defenders”, post a video of...

'Find a bin or take it home’ litter campaign.

Residents and visitors urged to ‘find a bin or take it home’ in new litter campaign

Devon’s residents and visitors are being urged to ‘find a bin or take it home’ in a new county-wide anti-littering campaign.

As lockdown eases and the warmer months beckon, the multi-agency partnership Clean Devon wants to encourage everyone to take more responsibility for their rubbish whilst enjoying the beautiful moors, beaches, wildlife, countryside, towns and villages.


Over a Thousand People Call on University of Plymouth to go Sweatshop Free

Students at the University of Plymouth today delivered a petition calling on the university to ensure it’s electronic equipment isn’t being made in sweatshops. The petition, which has over 1,000 signatures, demands that the university affiliates to Electronics Watch, an independent labour monitoring organisation for the electronics industry. 135 UK public institutions have already signed up to...

National Marine Aquarium joins global #OurOceans campaign

The National Marine Aquarium has launched in Plymouth an international campaign to clean up our oceans.

The global #OurOceans campaign, created by the European Commission, is designed to tackle the critical and growing volume of waste deposited in the sea, calling on Aquariums from around the world to spearhead the project at a grassroots level.

Over 70 Aquariums have so far...

Respect the Water: Coastal deaths hit five-year high

The RNLI is warning people to Respect The Water as coastal deaths hit a five-year high.

168 people lost their lives at UK coasts in 2015, the highest figure for five years, according to coastal fatality figures1 released today by the Royal National Lifeboat Institution (RNLI).

The RNLI’s UK lifeboat crews and lifeguards also saved 385 lives2 last year in near-fatal incidents...

Public urged to report terrorist and extremist material online

Police forces nationwide are appealing for internet users to report harmful extremist and terrorist material when they see it online.

All week, police and partners have been using their social media channels to urge people to report material they suspect is extremist or terrorist by clicking on a distinctive red "STOP" button that can be found on their websites. STOP stands for Stop...