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Transition Tavistock – Moving Forward

 

We’re holding a special event on Saturday 18th November 2017 in Local Matters … bringing the community together to celebrate our achievements and understand how you’d like to see us move forward.

We’ll also be holding our AGM as well.

If you’d like to help with the event and/or get more involved in the day to day running of the organisation please let us know (info@transitiontavistock.or.uk).

Invitation to a Displaced Persons event, Wednesday 27th September, 18:00 to 21:30

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About refugees, and a collaboration with Open Hearts, Open Boarders, from Poorna Gunasekera.

MegaReach is collaborating with Open Heart Open Borders to host an event focussed on Displaced Persons at the Roland Levinsky Building, Plymouth University. It will include a discussion featuring panellists who have appeared on BBC Exodus programme and TEDx talks.

There will also be a photographic exhibition in the foyer together with stalls from community organisations. We also hope to have free food stalls featuring dishes from around the world.

​The event will be on the evening of Wednesday 27th September 2017, at the Roland Levinsky Building, Plymouth University.

MegaReach: https://www.facebook.com/MegaReach.org/
Poorna’s contact email is <megareach.org@gmail.com>​

Powering the Night with Sunlight in Golberdon

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South Hill parish is just 17 minutes from Tavistock.

The Parish Hall in Golberdon village is the heart of all activities and needs money spent on it to keep it going. We aim to “Power the Night with Sunlight” … store the energy generated from the solar panels installed on the hall roof 2 years ago so it can be used when the sun isn’t shining. This will help with running costs and ensure the hall is sustainable for the future.

We have successfully been shortlisted for a M&S Energy grant and now need VOTES, LOTS of VOTES to win the funding. We’re asking all our neighbours and friends and their friends to vote starting on  Sept 4th through to Oct 20th 2017.

We hope with all our efforts and your votes we can make a real difference in our community.
THANK YOU IN ADVANCE FOR VOTING. We Need Friends.
Vote on-line visit www.south-hill.co.uk or http://www.mandsenergyfund.com/

Home solar sketch

 

Local Energy Advice Programme (LEAP) provides residents with a free home visit

Tamar Energy Community and West Devon Borough Council are getting behind a new pilot project to help local residents save energy and money in their homes.

The Local Energy Advice Programme (LEAP) provides residents with a free home visit from a trained energy adviser who provides advice and support to make the home as energy efficient as possible.

More information here

Sweet Chestnut Blight – Alert from the Forestry Commission

There has been an outbreak of sweet chestnut blight in the South West and there are four 5km zones that are subject to movement restrictions.
Sweet chestnut blight is caused by a fungus called Cryphonectria parasitica, which gets into the trees through wounds or graft sites. Although oak trees suffer very little damage if they are infected by the fungus, they can spread it, so restrictions on movements of oak material are also required as a precaution.
Sweet chestnut blight was found in Devon in December 2016, initially south of Exeter.  We wrote to our Devon contacts in January to inform them and again last week to let them know about two restricted zones; you may have seen articles in the forestry or local media about this. As a result of related survey and tracing work, we have now identified another zone in Devon and one in Dorset where restrictions are required. We are now writing to all our South West contacts to let you know what we are doing to manage the outbreak and to inform you about the movement restrictions.

Read more here …
Managing the outbreak
The Government is committed to doing all it can to prevent plant pests and diseases crossing our borders, and although we cannot eliminate all risks, we have stringent plans to deal with threats, and take prompt action when they are detected. To this end we work collaboratively with the international community, industry, NGOs, landowners and the public to reduce the risks of pests and diseases entering the country and to mitigate the impact of newly established ones.

C. parasitica is a quarantine organism, so the Government’s Chief Plant Health Officer has activated our contingency plan for such an event, in compliance with our obligations under the UK’s Protected Zone status for this disease. We and our colleagues in the Animal & Plant Health Agency (APHA) moved quickly to implement the contingency plan, and in particular we have taken the following measures.

  • We have conducted an intensive survey of sweet chestnut (Castanea sativa) trees within a 1km radius of each site with a confirmed infection.
  • We have also carried out a targeted survey of sweet chestnut trees within 5km of each site.
  • We are tracing and inspecting sweet chestnut trees at other planting sites that used stock from the same planting years.

Movement Restrictions
UK plant health authorities have introduced a prohibition on the movement of sweet chestnut and oak material within four specific zones in Devon and Dorset. A prohibition on two zones in Devon came into force on Friday 24 February 2017. Two more will come into force on Thursday 9 March 2017, one in Devon and one in Dorset. The exact boundaries of all of these zones are shown in notices and maps on the Forestry Commission and Gov.uk websites (please scroll to the end of each notice for the relevant map). The zones will remain in place until further notice and will be kept under review.
This prohibition is implemented by Plant Health (Sweet Chestnut Blight) (England) Order 178/2017. It makes it illegal to move sweet chestnut material including plants, logs, branches, foliage and firewood out of, or within, zones covering a 5 kilometre (3.2 mile) radius of the affected sites where sweet chestnut blight has been found. The same restrictions apply to oak within 1 kilometre (0.62 mile) of the same sites. Exceptions to this movement prohibition include oak or sweet chestnut material entering and exiting the zones without stopping. For example, the delivery of plants, logs or firewood which start and end their journeys outside the zones is permitted.
Exceptions may also be granted in certain circumstances by the Forestry Commission (southwest.fce@forestry.gsi.gov.uk or telephone 0300 067 4960), in the case of woodland sites, or by the Animal and Plant Health Agency (APHA) Plant Health & Seeds Inspectorate, for horticultural requests (01904 405138 or by emailing planthealth.info@apha.gsi.gov.uk).
The Forestry Commission and APHA are working closely together to carry out tracing activity and inspecting sweet chestnut trees at other sites which may lead to more zones being established. Further advice will follow should this be necessary.

Further information and a symptoms factsheet and pest alert are available on our website to help you know what to look for when inspecting your trees.
Best wishes,
Mark Prior
Area Director | South West England
Forestry Commission
Bullers Hill, Kennford, Nr Exeter, Devon, EX6 7XR
( Switchboard: 0300 067 4960
mark.prior@forestry.gsi.gov.uk | www.forestry.gov.uk

December’s Green Drinks is at the movies … I, Daniel Blake …

 

Please join us at The Wharf on Tuesday next week, the 13th December, for drinks from 19:00, to watch the film together (for those interested) – the film starts at 20:00 and lasts 1h40 mins. The Wharf has also agreed to open the bar afterwards for us for half an hour so we can have a post film discussion.


If you’re able to join us, don’t forget to buy a ticket.
More about the film here.
You can download a poster here.

Unlocking the Power of Community – Energy Fair 2016

Unlocking the Power of Community is the theme for our annual energy fair on Saturday October 15th which will take place in Local Matters community space in Elbow Lane, Tavistock, from 10:00 until 15:00.

This is very apt as we work to complete our Community Solar Project to put community owned solar panels on a number of roofs across the area. These solar roofs enable our host sites to reduce their energy costs and be renewable generators. Any surplus is used to support fuel poverty and energy advice locally.

The local community has come together to raise £110,000 to finance part of the project and we’ll be launching a community share offer later in the year.

Our energy fair will be bringing together local leading local renewable energy suppliers, retrofit specialists and community energy and environmental groups from across Devon and Cornwall including New Generation Energy, The Fell Partnership, Mike Wye (natural building products), Sungift and ZLC Energy and The Utility Warehouse.

Please come along, find out more about what we’re doing at Local Matters, talk to our exhibitors and learn about Tamar Energy Community’s first community financed project.

Call or email us for more information. Email hello@tamarenergycommunity.com or call 07969 569 444.