On the 8th Feb the Biosphere team took local district and county councillors on a tour of local places near Torrington and Barnstaple that showed some of the recent work we've been doing and the positive effect it is having.
We began with a visit to Rothern Bridge at Torrington to talk about the work done on the Riverfly project, then on to see the 'Life's Journey' project at Rolle Canal, and to see the new audio posts on the Tarka Trail. All illustrate different ways of engaging the public with the Biosphere and the natural environment.
A very quick coffee break at the Puffing Billy Trading Co. and then off to Goodleigh for a farm visit to see how Catchment Sensitive Farming is working to improve water quality in North Devon and Torridge.
Finally, we gave a presentation and launched the Biosphere Strategy at Saunton Sands Hotel.
A big thank you to our elected members who braved the weather (and unexpected detours) to see and hear about the work of the UNESCO World Biosphere.
Reaction to the day
" I would like to say how much I enjoyed the day despite all the weather events. Yes I am pleased to know more about the Biosphere". Cllr Cathrine Simmons
"Many thanks for your kind invitation to yesterdays Biosphere Briefing Day which I personally found most enlightening and informative. It enabled us to receive an insight into the invaluable work that you guys put in on our behalf and of course for the residents of North Devon and Torridge". Cllr Dick Jones
"It was good to learn more about the Biosphere and see what work is being done first hand. I must say I found the visit to the farm, and the ability to talk to the farmer, most informative". Cllr David Hurley