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An energy firm keen to build a solar farm in the East Devon countryside is holding a public consultation in Whimple on Wednesday, October 20. Aura Power is proposing to develop a solar farm on land north of Whimple, generating enough energy to annually power the equivalent of 12,000 homes or 18,000 electric vehicles. Residents, Councillors and business owners are invited to have their say about Horton Solar Farm at a public exhibition being held on October 20, from 5.30pm until 8.30pm, at Whimple Victory Hall, where questions and feedback are invited ahead of Aura submitting a planning application. The…

Overnight heavy rain has resulted in the possible flooding of low-lying land and roads in East Devon, close to the River Clyst. The Environment Agency (EA) said flooding was possible because River Clyst water levels were high and expected to continue to rise throughout Tuesday (October 5). An earlier flood warning for areas near the River Axe was removed after water levels fell below levels of concern, although standing water on fields was expected to remain until later in the week, the EA said. An Environment Agency spokesperson said of the Rivers Clyst, Culm and their tributaries: “Flooding is expected…

Fire crews from three counties tackled a blaze that broke out in an industrial unit in a barn in East Devon on Friday afternoon (October 1). Firefighters from Colyton, Seaton, Axminster, Danes Castle, Lyme Regis, Yeovil, Sidmouth, Chard, and Honiton were called to a farm in Colyton at around1.15pm, and worked together to extinguish the flames using two hose reel jets, one compressed air foam jet, one ground monitor, one 45mm jet, one gas monitor, and two thermal imaging cameras. The cause of the blaze at the commercial workshop was thought to be accidental, the fire service said. An Axminster…

These photos show how donkeys at Sidmouth have been involved in a conservation project to encourage the growth of wildflowers. Rescued Paddy and Kelley, living at The Donkey Sanctuary, are regularly walked by staff through a wildflower meadow at the charity’s headquarters in a bid to spread seeds and stamp them into the ground to grow. The animal sanctuary hopes the project will encourage the growth of a new wildflower meadow next year. Ben Hart, animal behaviourist at the sanctuary, said: “Donkeys evolved to walk long distances searching for food. “Walking more and exploring new environments while helping to re-seed…

An early-hours theft of tractor GPS equipment from a village in East Devon has prompted police to urge farmers to keep records of serial numbers. The message comes after a tractor guidance system was stolen from Woodbury at around 1.10am on Thursday, September 9. Police said they had received ‘several reports’ of similar thefts and urged farmers to secure and mark their property. Anyone with information that could help police, or CCTV footage from around the village, is asked to contact Devon and Cornwall Police. A police spokesperson said: “We are appealing for witnesses and anyone with information in connection…

Hundreds of hay bales were moved from a barn when fire broke out in an agricultural building near Axminster on Tuesday morning (September 21). Firefighters from Axminster and Colyton, and the water carrier from Danes Castle, Exeter, were called to a barn blaze near Dalwood at around 6am. Around 200 large hay bales were removed from the barn using a telehandler. The cause of the fire was thought to be accidental, the fire service said. A Devon and Somerset Fire and Rescue Service spokesperson said: “The fire involved a number of hay bales in an agricultural shed. “Crews used two…

Urban beavers have been spotted in Honiton and could breed over the winter, wildlife experts have said. The first beaver activity in an East Devon town has been confirmed in Millers Way community orchard after a felled apple tree reported by a passer-by prompted an inspection of the site, and found the presence of at least one beaver in the River Gissage. Devon Wildlife Trust beaver officer, Jake Chant, said the beavers were likely to breed over the winter if they remained on the river. He said regular monitoring of the river would now take place, and safeguard measures to…

Police were prompted to search for a loose bullock on the road near Honiton on Tuesday morning (August 17) after reports it was in the area of the A35. The animal was said to be on the road at around 10am, and police urged livestock owners to check their cattle. Devon and Cornwall Police said officers scouring the area for the animal did not find the bull. A Devon and Cornwall Police spokeswoman said: “Officers have attended the area and carried out a search but have not located a bull.” Devon and Cornwall Police said: “We have received a report…

Auctioneers in Honiton reunited an 85-year-old retired farmer with a painting of his rare breed cows 30 years after it was mistakenly sold to someone else. Farmer John Warne, from Tregony in Cornwall, was ‘delighted’ to spot and buy at auction for £300 the canvas artwork, Longhorns at Tregony, painted at his farm in the late 1980s by artist Denise Manning. Chilcotts Auctioneers, in Honiton, said John was reunited with his cows thanks to his family setting up an online alert that sends notifications whenever anything related to Tregony goes on sale. Farmer John, keen to buy the finished artwork…

The best of the region was celebrated by thousands of visitors who flocked to the 2021 Devon County Show, hailing the agricultural event a success – becoming the first with livestock to be held in the UK for more than a year. The three-day show this year boasted 18,000 visitors on its first day, keen to sample the delights of Devon after the Covid-19 pandemic cancelled the 2020 show and prompted a new July date in line with the Government’s relaxation on restrictions. Show organisers said the turnout had been ‘better than expected’ over the 83-acre site, as many of…

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