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

LETS … coming to Tavistock

Have you heard of LETS – the Local Exchange and Trading System? It’s coming to Tavistock soon, so climb aboard and improve your quality of life.

The concept has been around for decades but now exchanging and trading your goods and services has been made easy due to user-friendly software that keeps track of credit points earned by LETS members.

The points for a traded good or service normally reflect its equivalent Sterling value so, for example, an hour of tutoring would earn a member 25 points – as £25 is a typical charge for this service.
Everyone has something to offer.  You can mow someone’s lawn, dog sit, trade fruit and veg grown in your garden, lend out a specialised tool, drive another member to a local airport, etc.  The list is endless.

A meeting will be held in the “Studio” in Kingdon House, Pym St, Tavistock, PL19 0AW on Wednesday, 17th May from 14:00 to 16:00 to explain LETS in more detail.
Rob Follett of the highly successful Falmouth LETS group will be on hand to demonstrate the functionality of the LETS software.
Robin Williams, a Tavistock resident, will lead the discussion.  His immediate goal is to form a committee of volunteers to create a plan for a local group.

For more information on LETS go to: www.letslinkuk.net

If you’d like to know more about various forms of Local Money check out the Transition Network’s 2010 publication ‘Local Money. How to make it happen in your community’.

First Tavistock Seed Swap at Local Matters – April 2017

Tavistock’s first Seed Swap was a great success on Saturday 8th April. We had  just over a hundred visitors dropping into Local Matters for seeds, advice and a chat. We’d like to thank Rob and Diana from Holsworthy Organics for helping us offer a great range of seeds; and to all the local allotment holders and other local growers who bought in seeds to share. The courgette seeds seemed to be very popular and were snapped up quickly.

 If you missed it, we still have seeds to share at Local Matters (Elbow Lane, Tavistock) every day (except Sundays and Bank Holiday Mondays) between 11:00 and 13:00. If you don’t have any to swap, or just too many to use yourself you can always drop them in so others can benefit.

 We’re also really keen to hear your growing tips. Come and add them to our ‘greenboard’ or email hello@tamarenergycommunity.com or call 07969 569 444.

Tavistock Seed Swap – Saturday 8th April 2017 – 10.00am to 13.00pm

Join us between 10.00am and 13.00pm on Saturday 8th April at Local Matters.for the first ever Tavistock Seed Swap!

It doesn’t matter if you don’t have any seeds to bring, come along, get some for free and bring them back to next year’s swap!

There will be lots of growers, gardening advice & plenty of chat.  poster-page-001 (2)

For more details please contact:
Kate Royston kate.royston@tamarenergycommunity.com
Rob Meredith 01409 254450
Diana Lee d.lee21@btinternet.com

Download poster

Local Matters, Elbow Lane, Tavistock, PL19 0BG
(between Clinton Cards and Continental Fruits)

Foraging Walk and Wild Food Lunch – Saturday 8th April

A 2 hour (approx.) walk  learning how to identify wild edible spring plants, that are growing in the hedgerow and riverside, and the poisonous plants you could mistake them for.

Foraging Walk and Lunch

Ending with a delicious meal at The Old Plough Inn sampling the wild food we find.

Cost: £35

Spring Walks: Meeting at 11:15am at the Bere Ferrers Train Station (15 minutes from Plymouth, coinciding with the 10:54am departure from Plymouth to Bere Ferrers train station) Saturdays 11th March, 8th April and 6th May

For more info: contactus@theoldeploughinn.co.uk

Download  – ‘Getting To Know Wild Plants’ by Flora Arbuthnott

Cheers,

Julian Harrison

Smart Energy Marketplace 2017

 

Tamar Energy Community is looking forward to this event. A great chance to catch up with what’s going on in the market. And you can find us in the Communities section. Let us know if you’re planning to go.

Organised by RegenSW. Find out more here:  www.smartenergymarketplace.co.uk
28 March, Sandy Park, Exeter from 10.00 am to 4.00 pm

A unique showcase of the emerging smart, decentralised energy system of the future – a radical shift in the way we power our lives that is creating huge opportunities.

Smart Energy Marketplace is the biggest smart energy technology and renewable energy generation show in the south west. A jam packed event – with a unique exhibition, high level conference and informative talks attracting businesses, installers, developers, community groups and landowners to make for another lively and informative day.

The exhibition features over 100 companies including smart energy technologies, renewable energy installers and developers, construction companies, training providers, manufacturers, consultants and advisors, energy assessors, financiers and banks. Find out more about exhibiting here. The high level conference provides the latest overview of the sector. Designed for those who are already developing projects or those looking to explore complex policy areas or opportunities. Find out more about attending here.

Please phone Emily to find out more about the event on 01392 494 399 or email estokes@regensw.co.uk .

You can also book here and download a flyer 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.