B10 - The Tenth Anniversary of North Devon's Biosphere Reserve
By B10 North Devon's Biosphere 10th Anniversary | Saturday, March 16, 2013, 11:37
B10 North Devon Biosphere - view over Taw Torridge estuary
Individuals, organisations and businesses from around North Devon will be contributing to an exciting programme of celebratory events in support of the North Devon Biosphere Reserve.
From spring until autumn 2013 there will be entertainment, activities and presentations and with the variety of events on offer (and even a limited edition B10 beer!) there really will be something for everyone.
North Devon Biosphere Coordinator Andy Bell says "Ten years is an important time for the Biosphere Reserve. As a new global accolade for our area's environment and culture, it takes time to get established. However, looking back, the community and Biosphere Reserve partnership have achieved so many things through the Biosphere Reserve that we should celebrate them and also look forward to what we can do in the next 10 years to keep this area world class."
"Whether you are interested in the environment, the rural economy or interested in learning, the Biosphere Reserve has a facet that is of interest to you."
The North Devon Biosphere catchment area follows the water from the source of the Taw & Torridge rivers (and smaller rivers running into the sea along the coast from Lynton to Hartland) down through the villages and towns of north Devon out to sea, to Lundy and beyond.
The small towns of Chulmleigh, Witheridge, South Molton, Winkleigh, Hatherleigh, Torrington and their surrounding villages are within the Biosphere and are just as important to its existence and well-being as the world-famous Braunton Burrows sand dunes.
It is not all about wildlife though, North Devon's strong cultural and local identity are an important element in the Biosphere designation and the main message to its residents is sustainable living.
Martin Wickham, of Marsdens Cottage Holidays, is a supporter of the Biosphere:
"North Devon is more than just a pretty place - it is a place where our wonderful environment shapes every aspect of our lives and certainly supports tourism, the industry I'm involved with. As a family owned, locally-based business Marsdens is run by people who share a real passion for the area and care deeply about building a more sustainable future, which is exactly what the Biosphere Reserve is about. We are pleased to support it and have begun a pioneering customer donation scheme to do just that and hope that the B10 celebrations will encourage more people to support it and get involved. "
The events will be advertised locally and via the new interactive B10 website www.northdevonb10.org.uk. The events programme kicks off with RHS Rosemoor's ECO FAIR on Saturday 6 April 2013.
Just to add to the excitement there will be a free prize draw with some fabulous prizes donated by Biosphere business supporters and individuals in north Devon. There will be plenty of opportunities to enter the draw at B10 events and online from May to September 2013.