Sign the pollinators’ pledge or take a Tour of Britain – all at the Devon County Council marquee at this year’s County Show
Posted on: 12 May 2016
The Devon County Council marquee at this year’s Devon County Show (Thurs 19 to Sat 21 May) will have a nature and activity theme, offering visitors the chance to sign up to the pollinator pledge or cycle part of a virtual Tour of Britain stage through Devon’s countryside.
Devon County Council Leader John Hart will attend the show, and is encouraging people to drop in and see the range of exhibits and staff.
“We’re here this year to showcase some of the work we’re doing in local communities around protecting our environment, supporting local enterprise and encouraging people to get out and active in their natural surroundings.
“Our role is increasingly less about providing traditional services which can be rigid and inflexible as well as costly; and more about supporting communities with the way they want to work – whether that’s about keeping people out of hospital or giving people the training and tools to help them maintain their local street or neighbourhood.
“This makes the conversations we have with our public and communities even more critical, and we need to make sure we’re visible and accessible to people, whatever their situation. I’d encourage visitors to the show to come along and chat to our staff and see what’s new, as well as take advantage of the activities and produce on offer in our marquee.”
At the Recycle Devon’s composting roadshow people can design their own food waste caddy.
Visitors can also meet staff from Devon Disability Collective (DDC) – a Social Enterprise that provides quality employment and training to people with disabilities and those furthest from the labour market, and see their upholstery skills in a camper van they’ve provided new seats for.
Poltimore House will be returning with the Public Health ‘Transforming Lives’ project, which offers support to people in recovery from substance misuse and mental health issues. The project provides extensive opportunities for people to develop key employment skills including building, horticulture, estate management, hospitality and catering.
With the Tour of Britain back in Devon this September, the route will be on display and people will have the opportunity to ride a section of it, all from the comfort of the marquee, with road bike and turbo trainers provided courtesy of the Bike Shed alongside some expert advice for anyone embarking on a sporting challenge available from Exercise Science Consulting Ltd.
And May is Naturally Healthy month – a campaign to encourage everyone living and working in Devon to be more active while enjoying the natural environment. To celebrate this, Blackdown Hills AONB team will be promoting awareness of the importance of pollinators such as bees and butterflies, and offering people flower seeds to take home and plant.
Alongside will be Learn Devon promoting adult learning courses across the county and offering visitors the opportunity to take part in creating a large mosaic of a butterfly.
And of course, the ever popular community partnership Love Local Food will again be running a café area inside the marquee offering visitors somewhere to sit down and take in the rest of the marquee while enjoying a cuppa.
Also at the show will be the Farmwise Devon exhibit – a hugely popular interactive
feature especially for children letting them get ‘hands on’ with various farming activities from milking a cow, to feeding lambs and butter churning.
Devon County Council’s marquee will be situated next to the Devon Travel Academy, Road 8, Stand 315 at the Devon County Showground at Westpoint.
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