Devon’s Best Churchyard Competition 2023 – Results!

October 20th, 2023

Many Congratulations to St Michael’s, Alphington – this year’s Best Churchyard in Devon. A churchyard in the suburbs of Exeter has won the accolade of Devon CPRE’s Best Churchyard 2023. St Michael’s Church in Alphington was named the winner at an awards ceremony held as part of our charity’s AGM at RHS Rosemoor in Torrington. […]

Devon’s Best Young Landscape Artist Competition 2023 – Results

October 16th, 2023

A teenager from Chudleigh, who depicted the charming view from his window by using an unusual technique of applying burn marks to wood, is the winner of the Over 12s category of this year’s Devon’s Best Young Landscape Artist competition. 15-year-old Jay Fennell’s original pyrography made a lasting impression on the judges – our Director […]

Annual General Meeting – Thursday 12th October 2023

October 10th, 2023

We are looking forward to our AGM, which all members are invited to, which this year will be held at RHS Rosemoor, Great Torrington, at 2.30pm on 12th October 2023. We are delighted that Selaine Saxby MP North Devon is able to join us and it will be a great opportunity to hear from her […]

Housing – 24 July 2023

July 25th, 2023

Our response to Tory pledge not to concrete over the countryside for new housing. We have campaigned for many years for the right type and number of new homes to be built in the right places at prices local people can afford. Responding to today’s announcements from PM Rishi Sunak and Housing Secretary Michael Gove, […]

Devon’s Best Young Landscape Artist Competition 2023 – June

June 20th, 2023

The search begins for Devon’s Best Young Landscape Artist 2023. We are on the lookout for budding young artists who can capture the beauty and variety of the county’s natural landscapes, from its wild moorlands to its sheltered river valleys. Young artists aged 18 and under have until the end of September to submit a […]

Devon’s Solar Spread – June 2023

June 16th, 2023

As yet another industrial scale solar farm is permitted in Devon – this time at Whimple, East Devon, we have put together a map showing all solar farms across the county with a minimum size of 20 acres. There are now 65 approved or in the pipeline. The 9 largest, covering 100+ acres, are all […]

Devon’s Best Churchyard Competition 2023 – May

May 3rd, 2023

Thank you to everybody who entered their churchyard or burial ground into this year’s competition. The judges have been busy getting out and about visiting the entries and enjoying the sunny weather – the spring flowers are looking fantastic. Who will be Devon’s Best Churchyard this year??

Derril Water Solar Farm, Pyworthy – April 2023

April 21st, 2023

It has been announced that the developer, RES, has sold the development to Ripple Energy who will sell shares in the scheme and that this will become the UK’s first shared solar park. Our thoughts on this are below: Devon CPRE has long campaigned for ‘Grass not Glass’ and supported the community of Pyworthy in […]

Devon Solar Farm Map – March 2023

March 24th, 2023

As applications for massive new solar farms on prime agricultural land continue to come thick and fast, we have released a map showing the alarming spread of industrial-sized solar developments across the county. The map shows the number, scale and spread of 65 permitted and pending solar farms of 20+ acres in Devon, and the […]

Planning Surgery – 23rd March

March 24th, 2023

A big thank you to independent planning consultant, Jo Widdecombe, for her excellent presentation explaining the planning process and how to get involved. It was a very informative workshop and it was so good to see so many of our new members attend. We hope you found it helpful. If you, your local community group, […]