Protecting and Enhancing the Natural Beauty and Heritage of the South Hams

The South Hams Society

Registered charity no. 263985 Our objectives are to stimulate interest and care for the beauty, history and character of the South Hams. We work to secure the protection and improvement of the landscape, features of historic interest and public amenity and to promote the conservation of the South Hams as a living and working environment. We encourage high standards of planning and architecture that respect the character of the area. We take the protection of the South Devon Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) very seriously and work hard to increase people’s knowledge and appreciation of our precious environment. We support the right development – in the right places – and strenuously oppose inappropriate development. The Society supports the seven ‘Nolan Principles in Public Life’ and expects everyone involved with planning, from applicants to decision takers, to undertake their work in accordance with them. The Society and it’s members aim to meet the same standards.


Seymour Drive ex-wood described by the Applicants as a “brownfield site”


Latest Articles …     


WOODLAND FELLING AT SEYMOUR DRIVE – A NATIONAL SCANDAL AND AN URGENT APPEAL FOR EVIDENCE Our members, and the local communities in the South Hams and around the country, were shocked when a hill above the picturesque town of Dartmouth was, without notice, stripped of its tree cover. In the current climate crisis and the South Hams District...

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Home truths: how climate change is impacting UK homes

There is no question that living in a low-carbon home is better for our health, the planet and our energy bills. The Climate Coalition has today published its report ‘Home truths: how climate change is impacting UK homes’, looking at the impacts of climate change on UK homes and the heightened risk of flooding, heatwaves and extreme...

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Agriculture Bill, Second Reading, House of Commons, 3 February 2020

Agriculture Bill, Second Reading, House of Commons, 3 February 2020 The Bill does not consider how this rural growth component fits into the proposed land management system, or how it will link to the forthcoming UK Shared Prosperity Fund (UKSPF). This funding is too important to rural areas to fall through the gaps of the new system. We would...

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Beavers released on National Trust land to ease flooding risk

  ‘Drivers of change’: beavers released on National Trust land to ease flooding risk Beaver number one was in no hurry to exit her safe, straw-lined wooden crate. After a tense six-minute wait, Derek Gow, a wildlife expert, reached a hand into the creature’s temporary home, grabbed her gently by the rear end and encouraged her...

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The Devon Dark Skies

Devon Dark Skies Day The Devon Dark Skies Day took place last October. Among the presentations is an excellent Power Point presentation. Devon’s Dark Skies and tranquillity – by Mel Croll, Landscape Specialist, Devon County Council & Peter Finch, Devon CPRE. The presentation is well informed and interesting.    ...

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Do you want to reduce the carbon footprint of your food?

Do you want to reduce the carbon footprint of your food? Jan 28, 2020 | Correspondence | 0 comments THE SOUTH HAMS SOCIETY – HELPING TO INFORM THE DEBATE Our World In Data You want to reduce the carbon footprint of your food? Focus on what you eat, not whether your food is local January 24, 2020 by Hannah Ritchie Our World in Data presents the...

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Devon Climate Emergency – Your Ideas

Annual average temperatures for the planet from 1850-2018 using data from UK Met Office (source) Let us know your ideas       Devon Climate Emergency  Taking action to get Devon to net-zero carbon “Temperature rise to date has already resulted in profound alterations to human and natural systems, including increases in droughts,...

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The Woodland Trust’s Emergency Tree Plan

How to increase tree cover and address the nature and climate emergency. In the 2019 general election, every major political party backed the necessary increase in woods and trees in response to the climate and nature crisis. The Woodland Trust’s Emergency Tree Plan sets out key recommendations for national and local governments across the UK to:...

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BIGBURY REFERENDUM This is a special drum roll to help you organise your ability to vote in our Referendum on the Bigbury Neighbourhood Plan on Thursday 27 February 2020 at the Memorial Hall (7.00 am to 10.00 pm) The SHDC Information Sheet for Bigbury Voters can be downloaded HERE On this site, you will find the following information: Bigbury...

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Ropewalk Development – online survey is open

Most of our members know that South Hams District Council owns a piece of land at Ropewalk in Kingsbridge that is currently derelict.  The building on it is unused and in a poor state of repair. The Council would like to use this land for the benefit of Kingsbridge and the South Hams.  In line with the policies of our commercial strategy, we want...

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FULL Membership

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.   Application Form

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Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty are Britain’s best landscapes. There are 46 of them, all designated by government and protected by law. Each one has its own special character. The South Devon Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty was designated by government in 1960. It covers 60 glorious miles of coastline, estuaries and countryside between Plymouth and Torbay. The AONB is one of a family of protected landscapes in the UK. With the guidance of a Partnership Committee, the AONB Team work to enhance South Devon’s outstanding beauty, for which the designation was applied. The special features of South Devon AONB include its rugged coastline, sandy beaches, secretive estuaries, patchwork countryside and historic villages – to name but a few! Visit the Coast & Countryside section and discover more.

PROTECTING TREES AND WOODS – THE SOUTH HAMS GUIDE Trees, hedges and woodland are an integral part of Devon’s countryside and towns, and they provide multiple benefits to society, including filtering air pollution, reducing surface water runoff /contributing to sustainable drainage, providing wildlife habitats, improving water quality and the stabilising of soils and slopes. Devon’s hedges are particularly special. They are of great historical importance, define the county’s beautiful farmed landscapes, and support an immense amount of wildlife. Our Tree Guide



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