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Covid restrictions have cancelled annual primestock and agricultural trade show Agrifest South West, due to take place near Exeter in November. Organisers today (Thursday, September 24) announced the cancellation of the 2020 festival, planned for November 11 at Westpoint, Exeter. The committee said the decision to cancel was made with a ‘heavy heart’, prompted by the Government’s announcement this week to tighten coronavirus restrictions, to stop the spread of the virus. Robert Venner, Agrifest committee chairman, said: “It is with a heavy heart that we have made the decision to cancel Agrifest. “We had really hoped that we could have…

Firefighters from Seaton and Colyton tackled an accidental tractor blaze in Whitford.    A water bowser from Dorset was also called to Colyton Hill in the East Devon village, near Axminster, after the alarm was raised at around 5pm on Wednesday (September 17). Crews arrived to find the tractor engulfed in flames. The fire was extinguished and the area made safe. The cause of this fire is believed to be accidental…They donned breathing apparatus and used compressed air foam and a hose-reel jet to extinguish the fire. A Colyton Fire Station spokesperson said: “The driver acted quickly when he realised…

The sale of a tractor near Honiton has ended with a donation of ‘grateful’ thanks to the Devon Air Ambulance for rescuing two men in separate farming accidents. Farm machinery salesman Alex Tapp of Awliscombe, near Honiton, who was airlifted by medics 20 years ago after he was crushed by falling straw bales, has donated £1,000 to the lifeline charity from the sale of a tractor, bought by a Cullompton farmer who was rescued by the air ambulance six years ago. Alex, who sells used farm machinery, said he was ‘forever grateful’ to the Devon Air Ambulance and donated the…

These photographs show the extent of a hay lorry blaze in Somerset that was yesterday afternoon (Wednesday, August 26) tackled by Devon firefighters from Axminster, Honiton and Exeter. The Ilminster bypass was closed to traffic for several hours after an articulated lorry carrying 20-tonnes of hay caught fire. Fire crews from Martock, Yeovil, Crewkerne, Chard, Honiton, Axminster, Danes Castle in Exeter, Somerton and Ilminster worked for around 12 hours to bring the blaze under control. Crews used jets and drag forks as they worked to put out the fire as flames raged through tons of hay, and the vehicle. The…

Cold-callers selling solar panels and foam insulation have been knocking on doors of East Devon homes in Dalwood and Stockland, police have warned. Devon and Cornwall Police said officers have this week received a number of calls reporting rogue traders offering services in rural areas of East Devon, near Honiton. Police are urging East Devon residents to ‘be on your guard’, warning that not everyone is a genuine caller. Officers are warning against employing cold-callers, saying the work could come with a risk. Anyone spotting rogue traders in East Devon is asked to contact the police with a description of…

Children from East Devon and Exeter impressed a group of countryside champions judging an art competition during lockdown. The Devon branch of the Campaign to Protect Rural England (CPRE) said it was ‘inundated’ with competition entries from youngsters keen to show they care about the countryside. St Peter’s Preparatory School at Lympstone, near Exmouth, won Best Overall School in the My Outdoors art competition, scooping a £200 prize. The school was awarded further recognition when six-year-old St Peter’s Prep pupil Betsy Salt was named individual winner of the Key Stage 1 category, with her painting of the seaside. Highly commended…

Wild beavers living on the River Otter have been granted a secure future in East Devon after a ‘ground-breaking’ government decision. England’s first wild breeding population of beavers for 400 years – living here in East Devon – has been given the permanent right to remain in their home thanks to a ‘landmark’ ruling by Defra, signaling the first legally-sanctioned reintroduction of an extinct native mammal to the country. The announcement follows a successful five-year trial, led by Devon Wildlife Trust, monitoring the animals and their impact on the countryside, plus the benefits their presence has on people and wildlife.…

Online mental health support for farmers in Devon hit by the coronavirus crisis is taking place later this month. A free online event to promote mental health and wellbeing in the farming community is being held on Friday, July 31, from 6pm until 8pm, organised by Devon, Somerset and Torbay Trading Standards. The virtual seminar will feature speakers from The Farm Community Network, The Yellow Wellies Campaign and The National Federation of Young Farmers Clubs. Each organisation will focus on the importance of mental health and wellbeing, highlighting what help is available and where to get support. There will be…

Dog owners are urged to keep their pets under control when visiting Dartmoor in a police crackdown on livestock attacks. The message comes from Devon and Cornwall Police after officers from the rural crime team raised awareness of livestock worrying on Dartmoor. Police said some of the highest rates of dog attacks to livestock are reported from the Dartmoor area. Karla Mckechnie, Dartmoor livestock protection officer, said: “Having a dog is a massive responsibility which is further increased when you bring your dog to Dartmoor. “Farmers have witnessed and suffered the consequences of out of control dogs over the years…

The ’difficult’ decision to cancel the 2020 Honiton Gate to Plate was made to protect the public and visitors from coronavirus, the town council said. This week it was announced the outdoor food festival had been shelved, leaving organisers ‘disappointed’ and ‘surprised’ at the cancellation. Honiton Town Council pulled the plug on the 2020 Honiton Gate to Plate, saying public health and safety was paramount. The cancellation came a fortnight after it was announced the food festival was set to return in August with added safety measures, and sanitiser stations, to stop the spread of the virus. East Devon District…

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