Join the South Hams Society
OUR OBJECTIVES ARE:
- To stimulate interest and care for the beauty, history and character of the South Hams.
- To encourage high standards of planning and architecture that respect the character of the South Hams.
- To secure the protection & improvement of the landscape, features of historic interest and public amenity.
- To promote the conservation of the South Hams as a living, working environment.
WHY WE EXIST
The society was founded in 1961, a year after the South Devon AONB was designated, to protect and contribute to the natural amenity of what was becoming recognised as a very special area. Since then the rapid growth of property prices and of the complexity of the forward planning system have provided conditions in which developers have been able to assault the character of the South Hams and thereby threaten its attractiveness to the ordinary person.
These pressures are eroding the natural environment more rapidly than ever before. The protection afforded by designations such as Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI) is not nearly as effective as is assumed. Other guardians of the environment, such as Natural England, the Devon Wildlife Trust and the RSPB have specialised interests which do not necessarily accord with those of the farming community or the wider interests of the public.
The South Hams Society has an important role to play in making the priorities of the local community known. Now more than ever before we need an active and involved society.
Now finalised and publised online, the Joint Local Plan specifies what development will be allowed and where:
The South Hams Society reviews planning applications which it believes do not meet public policy, it writes to the council and provides advice at planning meetings or inquiries.
THE NATURAL ENVIRONMENT
We make representations to various environmental bodies in order to try to preserve and encorage wildlife, not only in nature reserves and SSSIs but in the rest of the countryside which surrounds us and forms the background to our daily life. The improvement and conservation of our natural environment is of great importance for us all. An active South Hams Society can provide the impact and skills to achieve it.
EVENTS AND TALKS
Recent events include visits to a local vineyard and a micro-brewer. There have also been beach clean-ups, a canoeing trip, a bird-watching cruise on the Rivermaid, and talks on local wildlife.
We have contacts in other national and local organisations, including the South Hams Sustainability Forum, the Aune Conservation Association, the Salcombe and Kingsbridge Estuary Association, the Campaign to Protect Rural England, English Heritage, the National Trust and the South Devon AONB Unit.
THE BULLETIN AND WEBSITE
We are currently working to re-instate our quarterly bulletin. Previously these included articles on both general and local subjects, such as hedges, farming issues, conservation projects, current planning concerns and natural history.
This website contains the bulletins, news, contacts and a forum for members to express their views.
JOIN US NOW AND HELP TO PROTECT THIS BEAUTIFUL PART OF ENGLAND
Membership costs just £10 a year. Please print out the application form (which includes a GiftAid declaration) and send it to:
Ms Didi Alayli
South Hams Society, Olde Stones, West Alvington, Kingsbridge, South Devon, TQ7 3PN.
AND ASK YOUR FRIENDS TO JOIN AS WELL
Join us now and help protect this beautiful part of England.
Membership costs just £10 a year. Click here to find out more about the benefits of becoming a full member of the South Hams Society.