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.

Salcombe and Kingsbridge – Site of Special Scientific Interest – The Citation

SITE NOTIFIED TO THE SECRETARY OF STATE ON 6 FEBRUARY 1987 CITATION – COUNTY: DEVON SITE NAME: SALCOMBE TO KINGSBRIDGE ESTUARY DISTRICT: SOUTH HAMS Status: Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI) notified under Section 28 of the Wildlife and Countryside Act 1981 as amended Local Planning Authority: DEVON COUNTY COUNCIL, South Hams...

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Dartmouth Dream Home Plans Withdrawn

  Thursday, 2 January 2020 by Daniel Clark – Local Democracy Reporter @HEDanielClark Homes Under The Hammer host Martin Roberts has withdrawn his application to build a posh new home in Dartmouth. The 56-year-old I’m A Celebrity star had wanted to build an “innovative” house overlooking the River...

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Last Years News – But Not Good News For The South West’s Farmers

EU subsidy loss ‘could wipe out farms’ Farmers across the UK last year received over £3.5bn in EU subsidies. With weeks to go before the UK leaves the European Union (EU), farmers say they still face uncertainty about future subsidy levels. Last year farmers received £3.5bn in financial support through the EU’s Common...

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Blanksmill Creek Under Threat

  For the latest updates please visit the South Hams Society Facebook page   Blanksmill Creek Under Threat Many people in the South Hams are worried about a proposal to build an industrial-sized storage building in a very prominent position, high above the water’s edge, on the bankside, at the head of Blanksmill Creek close by the...

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A wake up to the climate emergency

From the organisation ‘Rewilding’ … a relative newcomer to nature conservation. We’re a young organisation, still finding our way as we work to encourage large scale rewilding across Britain. But there’s one thing we’re sure of – rewilding is finding its place. So, for some end-of-year cheer, we’ve compiled some of the positive...

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      SHS MEMBER EVENTS PROGRAMME 2020 JANUARY Saturday 11th January at 11am. Low tide is around noon. Beach clean at West Charleton, via Marsh Lane. Some parking at the local pub. Joint activity with Gary Joliffe and ‘Till the Coast is Clear’ who recycle the debris found. For further details, contact Penny Fenton (email:...

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  CLIMATE AND BIODIVERSITY CRISIS – HAVE YOUR SAY! At a South Hams District Council meeting held on 25th July 2019, Councillors unanimously agreed the following Resolution: “1. That both a Climate Change and Biodiversity Emergency be declared; 2. That an Action Plan be developed that outlines how the Council will address the Emergencies and...

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Devon Climate Change Emergency

“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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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.

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