Parish Council Projects

We are very lucky to have a permissive path that connects Cornwood village to the Community Orchard and Heathfield.  The field that the path runs through has a very boggy area where a stream runs through it which makes it impassable for much of the year.  We have been working to improve the accessbility:

  • Volunteers have dredged one of the feeder streams

  • Dartmoor National Park has kindly built a new bridge over the stream and provided self closing gates

  • Volunteers have built a boardwalk over the most boggy bit to connect up with the bridge and have removed the stiles

We want to extend the boardwalk further but will need to raise £500 to pay for the materials.  We are applying for grants for the funding so fingers crossed we can get the money before winter comes!

We are lucky to have a permissive path that connects Cornwood village to the Community Orchard and Heathfield.  The field that the path runs through has a very boggy area where a stream runs through which makes it impassable for much of the year.  We have been working to improve the accessibility:

  • Volunteers have dredged one of the feeder streams

  • Dartmoor National Park has kindly built a new bridge over the stream and provided self closing gates

  • Volunteers have built a boardwalk over the most boggy bit to connect up with the bridge and have removed the stiles

We want to extend the boardwalk further but will need to raise £500 to pay for the materials.  We are applying for grants for the funding so fingers crossed we can get the money before winter comes!

 Heathfield Permissive Path 

Our Community Plan identified that the Lutton playpark needs lots of TLC!   Rather than tidy it up, we decided to go the whole hog and go for a complete redesign using ideas from local children.  The new design will cost £24000 including all the groundworks and new equipment.  We have selected a company called Wicksteed for the project.  We have been busy fundraising because the Parish Council doesn't have this sort of money in the bank and it's great to be able to report that we now have enough to go ahead!  Funding is coming from Devon County Council (S106 money); Dartmoor National Park, National Lottery, Southhams District Council and the Parish Council.

The playpark is now closed and the groundworks have started.  We are hoping that the project will complete before the end of the year, but that depends on how quickly Wicksteed can start - so fingers crossed!

 Lutton Playpark  

In 2022, Her Majesty The Queen will become the first British Monarch to celebrate a Platinum Jubilee, seventy years of service, having acceded to the throne on 6th February 1952. Throughout the year, Her Majesty and members of the Royal Family will travel around the country to undertake a variety of engagements to mark this historic occasion culminating with the focal point of the Platinum Jubilee Weekend from Thursday 2nd to Sunday 5th June.  This bank holiday weekend will provide an opportunity for communities to come together to celebrate the historic milestone. 

We are working with other organisations in the village, including the church, WI and cricket club to put together a programme of events to celebrate the occasion.  This will include lighting our beacon (at the top of Penn Beacon), a community picnic, street parties and a barn dance.  More information will follow as the plans firm up nearer the time.

 Platinum Jubilee  

We have signed up to support the Woodland Trust ‘Action for Insects' and this project will make better use of the outdoor space by the public toilets.   The garden is in a sunny position with flagstone paving weaving between currently neglected flower beds, tubs and borders.  The large overgrown shrubs will be replaced by RHS recommended bee and butterfly friendly plants and trees to provide habitat for our native pollinators.  This will also make it look more pleasing for both residents and visitors to Cornwood Square.

The garden had a tidy-up in July with some initial new planting, the school made some bug hotels and also released butterflies in the garden that they had hatched from butterfly kits bought by the parish council.  A water butt has been installed and we are now working on a sustainable planting plan for next Spring (2022) 

 Butterfly Garden 

DAA is actively seeking official sites for night landing.  Once a helicopter has landed at the site, the team then has to reach the person needing assistance on foot so DAA would like to have a site closer to the moor than the current nearest site which is in Ivybridge.  During the day the helicopters can land pretty much anywhere, but at night they need a designated zone with specific lighting that they trigger via GPS on approach. 

 

So far, DAA has not been able to approve any of the suggested sites including the cricket club, Heathfield, school playing field or fields bounding Fore Street and Vicarage Hill.   We have not given up yet and if we find a suitable site, the next challenge will be to raise £3000 to pay for the special lighting system required. 

Devon Air Ambulance 
Night Landing Site  

Yealm Estuary to Moor (YEM) is a community-based initiative to create a Wildlife Corridor for land and water along the River Yealm from estuary to moor, by restoring and joining fragmented habitats, by-passing physical obstructions, and reducing pollution and invasive species where possible.  

Initiated by Yealm Community Energy (YCE), in response to the Paris Agreement at COP21, the UN Climate Change Conferences (COP26 is in November 2021, Glasgow) and the State of Nature Reports, showing a serious decline in biodiversity both in the UK and world-wide.  Although community based, it will be directed by professional ecologists in a Catchment Partnership structure and led by the South West Rivers Trust.

Within the project , we are responsible for the stretch of land and water from Blachford Viaduct to top of Dendles Wood 

Yealm to Moor