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.

Devon Climate Change Emergancy

“Temperature rise to date has already resulted in profound alterations to human and natural systems, including increases in droughts, floods, and some other types of extreme weather; sea level rise; and biodiversity loss – these changes are causing unprecedented risks to vulnerable persons and populations.” IPCC (2018) Special Report: Global...

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Guidance – Managing Ash Trees – Arboricultural Association

  This guide provides practical advice and guidance for anyone who owns or manages ash trees, as well as tree contractors and consultants who may be employed to work on ash trees or provide site specific advice concerning their management. It directs people to where they can find more detailed information and relates to a wide range of sites...

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AONB NEWS New format for AONB Partnership Event (20/11/19) The AONB Partnership Committee is staging a public presentation and Open Forum prior to its Partnership Committee Meeting on Friday 6th December. The event at Holbeton Village Hall starts at 9am with a presentation from Gary Jolliffe of ‘Till the Coast is Clear’ focussing on shoreline...

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THE SOUTH DEVON AREA OF OUTSTANDING NATURAL BEAUTY PARTNERSHIP COMMITTEE HELD AT CHILLINGTON VILLAGE HALL ON FRIDAY 14th June 2019 Planning and Extinction crisis Geoffrey Osborn, our (Amenity Groups) Representative on the AONB Partnership Committee, noted that all three Neighbourhood Plans in the Torbay District received combined approval in...

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  Since the illegal tree fellings at Seymour Drive came to our attention earlier this year, the South Hams Society has provided support to the very successful local residents group as they have opposed the development of the former woodland they used to enjoy.  Those who viewed the area from adjacent properties will never forget the sight of...

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No more developments which could make flooding worse! New Frogmore Objection

For the last ten days the South Hams has been battered by heavy rains which have caused flooding on numerous roads and damage to houses. The A379 was blocked between East Charleton and Frogmore after what Police described as a “large landslip”. Despite this, development proposals with inadequate drainage and surface water management...

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Road Verges Really Matter

  Today Plantlife International – The Wild Plant Conservation charity launch new road verge guidelines which provide a roadmap to fundamentally transform the management of the UK’s verges. This best practice guide is for all those engaged in verge management and creation and is the result of our collaboration with national highways...

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Planning Enforcement

  Compliance One of the South Hams District Council’s key corporate aims is to provide and safeguard an attractive built and natural environment. Planning enforcement, in association with other Council enforcement functions, contribute to the Corporate Enforcement Policy which has a key role to play in achieving this aim. The Council take...

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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.


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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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