Road use drops 30% since start of lockdown

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Car use is around 30% lower on weekdays during lockdown 2.0, according to new data released by the Department for Transport.

Weekend road use is also down sharply, a 40% drop since the tighter restrictions came into effect.

By contrast, average car use plummeted 65% during the first lockdown, while April’s Easter weekend registered the lowest level of non-weekday car traffic,...

The Riverford Field Kitchen restaurant has used lockdown two to cook 250 meals a week for local community food charities

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Organic restaurant The Riverford Field Kitchen has turned its kitchen into a community resource to serve 250 meals a week from surplus organic produce for local people in need.

Buckfastleigh-based organic veg box company Riverford has been supplying surplus veg to their long-term charity partners FoodCycle and Food in Community for years, both of which have seen demand surge since...

Farmers urged to protect their land as lockdown 2.0 sees rise in trespassers

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Farmers and landowners are being advised to protect themselves from unwanted public rights of way being created, as lockdown 2.0 has again seen an increasing number of walkers in the countryside.

Leading property consultancy Fisher German, which has an office in Exeter, is urging landowners in the South West to protect their interests as the boom in walking during another lockdown...

The best places in the UK to stargaze revealed

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With lockdown 2.0 now underway, new research reveals where Brits should head if they want to take a break from daily life and gaze into the cosmos - and how doing so could improve their wellbeing.

As tourism grinds to a halt once more, a new study from UKCaravans4hire.com highlights how families in the UK can take a break locally, and where astrologically inclined Brits can visit in...

Vision Express in Plymouth will stay open during lockdown 2.0

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Vision Express is encouraging locals to not let their eyesight become another casualty of the pandemic after 17% were found to have missed their regular eye appointment due to Covid-19

Nearly 2 in 10 (17%) locals in Plymouth have not been for regular eye check due to Covid-19.

Despite the new restrictions in place, Vision Express will still be open in Plymouth, offering eye...

Devon businesswoman launches petition to stop essential retailers capitalising on non-essential items

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A Devon women has started a petition as part of a bid to raise awareness of the plight of small independent businesses selling non-essential items.

Nicky Edmunds, along with her husband Paul, is the owner of two independent shops called Insideout, based in Exeter and Tavistock, selling gifts and homewares.

She is calling on the Government to recognise that large retailers...

Devon Councils are ready again to support the most clinically vulnerable throughout the national lockdown

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Councils across Devon are working together to support people identified as being ‘clinically extremely vulnerable’ through this second lockdown.

During the first lockdown beginning last March, around 34,000 Devon residents were considered to be ‘clinically extremely vulnerable’ based on their long term health conditions and vulnerability, and they were advised to ‘shield’. Many spent...

Safe to access care during lockdown

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Practice Plus Group Hospital Plymouth continues to be a COVID-19 secure clinical environment. This means that as well as reintroducing planned surgery, the team there have also been able to treat NHS patients from local NHS trusts throughout the pandemic.

Hospital director Mark White, Practice Plus Group Hospital Plymouth (formerly Peninsula NHS Treatment Centre), said: “Despite the...

Plymouth Specsavers stores stay open with safety front of mind

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SPECSAVERS stores in Plymouth and Plymstock will remain open for all eyecare and hearing needs when the country moves back into lockdown on Thursday 5 November.

Research by the retailer showed that a third of people in the UK noticed a deterioration in their eyesight during the first lockdown, so it is urging customers to keep their scheduled appointments.

While most...

RHS confirms gardens will remain open

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The Royal Horticultural Society (RHS) is pleased to confirm that RHS Gardens Wisley, Harlow Carr, Hyde Hall and Rosemoor will remain open for visitors to enjoy fresh air and exercise during the new month-long lockdown across England.

The RHS Gardens have offered a vital safe sanctuary to the public for their mental and physical health during these times, and the charity is delighted...