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Car parks on Dartmoor have reopened following a change in lockdown rules that allow people to drive to exercise. From today (Wednesday), people will be allowed to take unlimited amounts of outdoor exercise and drive to other destinations – as long as existing social distancing rules are followed. Dartmoor National Park had closed its car parks in March as part of the coronavirus lockdown. If you choose to come to Dartmoor to exercise, things will be different – you can’t simply do what you did before… A spokesperson said today: “We look forward to welcoming visitors back to Dartmoor. “Our priority…

Firefighters from Exmouth were on Monday morning tasked to rescue a cow stuck in a stream near Exeter. The specialist animal rescue crew from Exmouth joined colleagues from the Urban Search and Rescue (USAR) team at Clyst St Mary, to help a farmer in Tedburn St Mary at around 10.30am on May 11. The fire service said the cow was freed from the stream unharmed. A Devon and Somerset Fire and Rescue Service spokesperson said: “Our specialist animal rescue team from Exmouth and a crew from our Urban Search and Rescue team from Clyst St George, were sent to assist…

Devon County Show organisers have announced ‘with great disappointment’ the decision to cancel the 2020 event because of the coronavirus. The pandemic had prompted the annual May event to be rescheduled and held over the August bank holiday, but yesterday it was decided to cancel the 2020 Devon County Show. The show plans to return next year, taking place on May 20, 21, and 22, 2021, said the Devon County Agricultural Association (DCAA). Organisers said the move to cancel was triggered by social distancing rules and restrictions on large gatherings. Mary Quicke, chair of council for the Agricultural Association said:…

These photos show the aftermath of an accidental blaze which left an agricultural building in Branscombe ’75 per cent destroyed’.  Firefighters from Sidmouth, Seaton, Colyton and Danes Castle in Exeter tackled the flames yesterday afternoon (Friday, May 1). A neighbour had raised the alarm and dialled 999 at around 2.45pm. Two vehicles, gardening machinery and tools were housed in the barn. The cause of the blaze is believed to be accidental, said the fire service. A Sidmouth Fire Station spokesperson said: “Fire control alerted Seaton Fire Station, two pumps from Sidmouth and the water bowser from Danes Castle Fire Station -…

Firefighters from East Devon and Exeter tackled a blaze in Branscombe which has left an agricultural building badly damaged this afternoon.  Crews from Seaton, Sidmouth, Colyton and Danes Castle were called to the scene after flames and smoke were seen coming from the structure at around 2.45pm. A neighbour raised the alarm and dialled 999. The building – which was housing two vehicles, gardening machinery and tools- was 75 per cent damaged by the blaze. Its cause is believed to be accidental, said the fire service. On arrival, crews confirmed that there was smoke and flames issuing… A Devon and Somerset Fire…

A forestry team in East Devon has been identified as key workers as they continue to harvest timber to maintain supplies to the UK. Forestry workers at Clinton Devon Estates are continuing to deliver timber supplies to the industry, keeping up stocks of materials and the business running as usual. The team – whose timber supplies manufacturers, sawmills and wood processing industries to make products such as packaging, biomass fuel and pallets for transporting goods that are moved by lorry, including medicines and food – has adapted its working routines to comply to social distancing rules. The estate said Defra…

The price of Clinton Devon Estates organic milk has been slashed to help residents struggling to buy basic supplies during the coronavirus crisis. The Clinton Devon Estates (CDE) dairy has cut the price if its vending machine organic milk, sold at Otterton Mill visitor centre, by a third, from £1.50 to £1, to support the local community who may be unable to travel to buy supplies. The landowner said it had already seen a rise in demand for its organic milk, with sales doubling since the start of the pandemic. Sam Briant-Evans, farms manager, said: “We know there are many…

Firefighters tackling a tractor blaze at Axminster stopped leaking fuel from contaminating a nearby watercourse. Crews from Devon and Somerset Fire and Rescue Service and Dorset and Wiltshire Fire and Rescue Service were called to Lodge Lane shortly before 5pm on Friday afternoon (April 24). A farmer had reported his tractor was on fire in a field. The vehicle was severely damaged by the blaze and some five metres of hedgerow was also destroyed. When firefighters from Chard and Charmouth arrived, they found the tractor well-alight next to a hedge and called for back-up from Axminster’s crew. The water carrier…

An East Devon dairy caring for hundreds of cows has risen to the challenge of social distancing during the coronavirus crisis by splitting its milking parlour in half. The Clinton Dairy, with two organic sites at Otter Farm and Dalditch Farm grazing 750 cows, has adapted its entire milking operation so staff can follow the Government’s guidelines while also keeping up with the growing demand from customers. The team at the dairy, run by the Clinton Devon Farms Partnership, has been working around the clock to make sure organic milk supplies continue. Sam Briant-Evans, farms manager, said: “We have essentially…

Walkers and families turning to the countryside to exercise during the coronavirus lockdown are sparking concern they could be putting older farmers at risk of catching the disease. Rural insurer NFU Mutual has highlighted concerns for farmers and their health because of the sharp rise in people using farmland footpaths for exercise. Farmers are also concerned the increase in footfall is putting their livestock at risk, particularly from dog attacks during lambing season. The insurer has put together some advice for walkers on how to protect rural workers from the coronavirus, and how to prevent dog attacks on animals grazing…

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