East Devon economy bouncing back fuelled by green growth

More widely known for its Jurassic coast and rolling hills, East Devon is showing strong signs of a green economic recovery in response to Covid-19.

The pandemic has brought acknowledgement of the link between health and outside spaces. This recognition and a need to transition to net zero carbon means businesses see wellbeing and the environment as priorities.

East Devon...

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...

First EV charger showroom leads the charge!

Thursday 27th February will see the opening of a brand new electric vehicle charger showroom in Plymouth – the first of its kind in the South West.

This month the government announced the ban on the sale of new diesel and petrol vehicles by 2035, 5 years earlier than originally planned. However, the government is also pulling out all the stops to make driving an electric vehicle more...

Going green is not black and white

Staff at a top regional conservation charity have shared their successes and frustrations as they try to reduce, reuse and recycle consumables in their cafes and restaurants.

Wild Planet Trust is the charity that runs Paignton Zoo, Living Coasts in Torquay and Newquay Zoo in Cornwall. Staff and volunteers work to reduce the zoos’ impact on the planet in as many ways as they can – but...

Big frog, little frog

Frogs come in all shapes and sizes – as these two demonstrate. Paignton Zoo photographer Eleanor Stobbart took this stunning image of a young Thao whipping frog on top of an adult of the same species to mark World Frog Day, on Wednesday 20th March. The species has just bred at Paignton Zoo for the very first time. Like so many species of exotic frog, this one goes by different names. It’s the...

Devon Environmental Awards 2016 launch

The Devon Environmental Business Initiative (DEBI) Awards are now open for entry.

The awards are open to any organisation of any size in the Devon region, and encompass business, community and education.

All entrants need to do is show how their organisation is committed to operating in environmentally friendly ways, whether through day to day operations or a specific green...

Cracking Crab on the Green Bus for Chefs' Forum

Chefs were feeling rather crabby at the latest meeting of The Chefs’ Forum.

The event, which brought together some of Devon’s top chefs as well as suppliers and students, was held at Favis of Salcombe on Monday November 23 with the assistance of local restaurant-on-wheels On The Green Bus.

Favis of Salcombe is a three generation family run business, priding itself on selling...

Charity marks 10 years of green standard

A major local charity is marking a decade of environmental quality. Paignton Zoo Environmental Park has held the 14001 accreditation since 2005. Living Coasts in Torquay and Newquay Zoo in Cornwall, also parts of the Whitley Wildlife Conservation Trust, which runs Paignton Zoo, have held the standard nearly as long.

The Trust’s Environmental Officer Pete Morgan said: “The ten year...

Life Centre to get a green hat

This summer the iconic Plymouth Life Centre will be crowned with the city’s largest solar roof.

As part of Plymouth City Council’s ambition to become a greener and sustainable city, the Council is working with Plymouth Energy Community (PEC), a local Community Benefit Society, to help increase the amount of renewable energy generated in the City.

PEC is owned and run by...

SMEs have poor green credentials

One in five (21 per cent) SMEs in the South West say they do not understand the commercial benefits of being environmentally responsible according to a new study from Lloyds Bank

One in ten (8 per cent) admit that they are not doing enough to make their businesses environmentally responsible

Despite this, a third (35 per cent) of small businesses say better environmental...