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Gold for ‘green’ #WeAreDevon County Show marquee

Council leader and Chair holding the gold awardCllrs John Hart and Caroline Chugg

Posted on: 21 May 2019

Waste from the equivalent of more than 2,000 single use plastic water bottles was saved in just three days, in this year’s county show gold award-winning #WeAreDevon marquee.

Also in the marquee, 150 blood pressure checks were taken by South West Ambulance Service Trust, resulting in some GP referrals for people with high risk measurements.  Around 200 people signed

South West Ambulance Service Trust

South West Ambulance Service Trust

up to the NHS organ donation register across the course of three days, and almost 600 people had conversations with the council’s healthy lifestyle service about their health and wellbeing.

These were just some of the activities in this year’s Devon County Council-hosted marquee, which won a gold award from show organisers for its content, which involved local organisations from across environmental and health services.

With the natural environment the main focus of this year’s marquee, Refill, the campaign to reduce the number of single-use plastic bottles, encouraged visitors to refill their water bottle with water provided free by South West Water.

The offer proved a huge success with large queues forming at the filling station throughout the course of the show, and 1,200 people signing a Refill Devon pledge.

Once again a big attraction was the organic café provided courtesy of the Harvest Workers Co-op,   This year they were also offering tips on how to make plant pots out of newspaper using an old wine bottle!

Devon Local Nature Partnership and Farmwise Devon, provided activities to celebrate Naturally Healthy May, including a ‘Where in Devon’ and ‘What’s in the box’ competition, and the Jurassic Coast team kept schoolchildren entertained with activities, including the popular digging for fossils.

OneSmallStep healthy lifestyle service

OneSmallStep healthy lifestyle service had conversations with almost 600 people about their health and wellbeing

The Council’s healthy lifestyle service, One Small Step and the South West Ambulance Service were on hand to offer free blood and BMI checks, and demonstrating cardiopulmonary resuscitation, and the NHS and Proud to Care Devon were encouraging people to consider careers in health and social care.

Sally-Ann Turner, Proud to Care Devon lead, said:  “There was great partnership working with Devon County Council, Royal Devon & Exeter NHS Foundation Trust, University Hospitals Plymouth NHS Trust and Torbay and South Devon NHS Foundation Trust all working together under the Proud to Care Devon banner to show health and social care working together across Devon.

“We are also really lucky to have Orsa, Proud to Care’s therapy dog Ambassador, who attracted the crowds, and school children and people of all ages enjoyed playing the giant Operation game.

“There were some really good conversations about careers in care and health and also feedback about care and health services across Devon.”

Libraries Unlimited, ran a pop up library, giving away a hundred pre-school books to youngsters, and Men in Sheds were on hand to talk about their support through Age UK for people with dementia.

The Dartmoor Search and Rescue team from Ashburton gave a series of demonstrations on helping casualties off the moor, delighting pupils from a local school by demonstrating on their teacher.

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