Saturday, 23 March 2013


RHS Garden Rosemoor in Torrington is holding its second Eco Fair designed to help north Devon residents who want to adopt a greener lifestyle. Diana Gilding, Events Manager at Rosemoor says “We are really excited about our upcoming ECO Fair here at RHS Garden Rosemoor, especially as it is the first event this year which forms part of B10, the North Devon Biosphere’s 10 year anniversary celebrations. Their inflatable classroom the Bio-Dome will be on site to engage our visitors with what the Biosphere is all about and we feel that strengthening the connections between the public and their natural surroundings is such an important factor, especially when you apply that to ecological gardening.” Rosemoor’s Eco Fair is a fun and informative event with lots of hands-on activities for both adults and children to enjoy including basket weaving, cob plastering a pig, thatching a roof, making willow fairy wands and there will even be a solar-powered Nellie the elephant to ride. To help you make your house and garden as ECO friendly as possible there will be local providers and installers of solar panels, wind turbines, natural insulation, rainwater harvesters and examples of electric bikes, vehicles and car ports, there will even be eco friendly paper made out of pony poo! Rosemoor has amazing green credentials too. As much of its waste as possible is recycled: cardboard and plastics are compacted and sold to fund other initiatives; all the food waste from the kitchens are placed in their Rocket Composter and the Peter Buckley Learning Centre (PBLC) was designed and built to be as environmentally friendly as possible. There will be talks, demonstrations and displays and visitors will be introduced the Rocket Composter and shown round the PBLC. Normal garden admission applies but for the green traveller there will be a special £2 discount on the entry fee if you travel to the Eco Fair by Stagecoach Bus number 315 which runs between Barnstaple - Bideford - Crediton - Exeter and stops right outside Rosemoor.
Fun for the family at Rosemoor Eco Fair: Solar powered Nellie the Elephant, Electric Car, Cob Plastering - All photos copyright B10
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Friday, 15 March 2013

Get ready to celebrate B10 - North Devon's Biosphere Reserve 10th Anniversary

North Devon’s Biosphere Reserve celebrates the 10th anniversary of its designation this year. The anniversary (branded B10) will see individuals, organisations and businesses from around northern Devon contribute 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 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. 

View over Taw Torridge Estuary Photo copyright B10 North Devon Biosphere

UNESCO Biosphere Reserves are sites established by countries and recognised under UNESCO's Man and the Biosphere (MAB) Programme to promote sustainable development based on local community efforts and sound science. Biosphere Reserves seek to reconcile conservation of biological and cultural diversity and economic and social development through partnerships between people and nature. They are ideal to test and demonstrate innovative approaches to sustainable development from local to international scales. Local businesses can register their interest as business supporters via the Biosphere website:  
For further information about B10 contact Amanda McCormack Tel: 01271 860610 
For further information/quotes about North Devon’s Biosphere Reserve and the B10 celebrations please contact Andy Bell Tel: 01271 388647 

Wednesday, 13 March 2013

Notorious Street Performers MR WOODNOTE, LIL RHYS & EVA LAZARUS Live at the Factory, Barnstaple

Mr Woodnote, Lil Rhys & Eva Lazarus will be performing live at The Factory on Friday 19th April. Armed with a saxophone, loop pedals and practically whatever he can get his hands on; Mr.Woodnote creates every track, live on the spot, from scratch whilst Rhys and Eva drop their distinctive vocal flavors into the mix. Each with their own back story, Mr.Woodnote from Australia, Lil Rhys from Bristol and Eva Lazarus from somewhere in outer space, these three artists found each other through music and the bonds became as tough as the sounds they produce. Notorious street performances, heavyweight stage shows, regular collaborations and never playing the same set twice has been a driving force for the group and enabled their momentum to continuously build. They have supported, and collaborated with a wide array of acts including Dub FX, Foreign Beggars, Pete Philly, Dub Mafia, MC Xander, Snareophobe, Krafty Kutz, Joe Driscoll and Ill Skillz and relish any opportunity to make new and original music with creative and passionate artists. Their infectious and unique audio offerings have made them regulars at many home brewed festivals including Glastonbury, Shambala, Beatherder, the Edinburgh Fringe and also European events De Ski Dance and Loftas Fest. Support comes from The Breaks Collective bringing you a refreshing take on Hip Hop. They take inspiration from many styles of music including jazz, rap, hip hop, funk, soul, rock and R&B. Despite this wide range of influences the member of The Breaks collective knit melodies, beats and lyrics together to create unique musical and poetical flavor.
North Devons finest scratch turntablist Johnny Scratch with probably the largest collection of vinyl will be spinning some bad man tunes throughout the night.
Doors open at 8pm
Advance tickets £8 More on the door
Tickets available from: Beats Workin Barnstaple, Petroc Brannams Campus Reception, North Devon Theatres Box offices.
Online tickets available from:
Mr Woodnote

Mr Woodnote & Lil Rhys 'Space Dust' feat. Eva Lazarus