South Hams

Anything but rubbish: South Hams has the UK’s second most efficient bin collection crew

Devon’s refuse collectors are clearing up when it comes to waste management – as South Hams Council is named the second most efficient rubbish disposal service in the country.

The region’s hard-working crews missed just 177 bin collections in 2019 and 55 in 2018; the most recent data available. This equates to an average missed bin collection rate of 0.00285% based on the number of...

Alistair Erskine - Mothecombe Beach

Exhibition - FRESH AIRS

We hit the refresh button with this exhibition of fresh new work inspired by the sea

FRESH AIRS presents four artists who are inspired by the sea and coast of Devon and Cornwall. Each has a different style but all are passionate about this beautiful part of the world. Their enthusiasm and fresh approach is just what we need right now, as we come out of hibernation and tentatively return to normal life. These beautiful paintings will lift your spirits and give you renewed optimism and hope for the warm, sunny days ahead.

Jo Vollers Although Jo is more...

Rare cirl buntings see 33% population boost on National Trust farmland in Devon

Sixty breeding pairs of the rare cirl bunting have been recorded between Bolt Head and Bolberry Down on land owned by the National Trust in the South Hams. The 33% increase to sixty pairs, from forty in previous years, is the highest count of the small birds in the area since recording began in 2012. The area is one of the most important sites for cirl buntings in the UK, which are currently...

South Hams house sale enquiries down by 50% this year

South Hams saw a 50% decrease in house sales enquiries this year, the biggest yearly change in Devon (Jan-May 2020 vs Jan-May 2021). Meanwhile, West Devon has the least satisfied homeowners, as the location has seen the largest 3.5 year increase in homeowners looking to sell their home, as seen below:

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Space to Breathe - Barry Kelly

Space to Breathe: Barry Kelly at The Brownston Gallery

Every summer we eagerly await the delivery of the new collection from Barry Kelly. His paintings are always so full of light, sun and warmth. Somehow or other he always takes his work another step forward, another new development that reflects his growing talent as an artist.

This summer is no exception. His colours are bright and true and his skies are so full of promise and wonder. His foregrounds are complex, little miniature works on their own which compel and entrance. Each painting as a whole represents a snapshot of an element of the land of the South Hams. Barry captures...

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Devon Cleaning South Hams signs Devon’s Climate Declaration

In the week in which the world marks Earth Day 2021, a South Devon cleaning company is proud to announce that it's recently become a signatory to Devon’s Climate Declaration to show its commitment to achieving a cleaner, greener Devon.

Devon Cleaning South Hams, based in South Brent, is one of just thirteen local businesses to have endorsed the Declaration so far and hopes that many...

New homes in the East Devon town of Cranbrook

Devon is building a third more houses than it has to according to government figures, says countryside charity

Devon’s Local Planning Authorities - with the exception of Torbay - have over-delivered on housing for the last five years, according to the government’s own figures.

Devon CPRE’s analysis of the 2020 Housing Delivery Test shows the county as a whole has delivered 30% more new homes than it was required to over a five-year period, in effect building 6,332 more houses than it had to....

South Hams author shares an evocative historical fantasy set on Dartmoor

Dartmoor, a mystical and magical place, is home to a pastoral people called The Moorlanders, who seek to defend their ancient homeland against a tyrannical sorcerer intent on claiming the Moor to extract its minerals.

To save both their way of life and themselves, the Moorlanders must suppress their peaceful natures and do battle. Caradoc, a young, courageous Moorlander,...

New PlymClean MD Amanda Barnes (right) with former directors Stuart and Gail May

Devon Cleaning South Hams bucks the downturn by expanding into Plymouth during lockdown

As the impact of social-distancing and lockdown threatens the viability of many South West businesses, an established Devon cleaning company - whose inspirational owner literally started from nothing - has bucked the trend by taking over a family-run cleaning business in Plymouth and taking on more staff.

Entrepreneur Amanda Barnes, who runs Devon Cleaning South Hams and its sister...

South Hams school children raise more than £2,000 for NSPCC with Rock Star fundraiser

Primary school children from the South Hams have raised more than £2,000 for the NSPCC by taking part in a special rock star themed fundraising event.

Woodlands Park Primary School in Ivybridge arranged the fundraiser for the children’s charity following a visit by the NSPCC’s Schools Service team, which delivered its ‘Speak out. Stay safe’ programme to the children.