We are aware that at the moment you are probably being bombarded with e mails from not only us, but also the parish council, if you are registered on their list.
To save you the bother of reading all of these, to see if you have already received it, all of our forwarded e mails will be prefixed Fw: so you may identify them.
Although library buildings are closed, there are still lots of services you can access whilst you’re at home.
Plymouth Digital Library is always open, take a look at their eBooks, eAudiobooks and eMagazines. Share this information with your families and friends and if they don’t already have a library card they can join online here
During these uncertain times they've made a few changes to make things easier for you. Due to the temporary closure of all library buildings the renewal period has been increased from 3 weeks to 14 weeks and they've also stopped any new charges from occurring. They’ve also temporarily had to close their book bins and letterboxes so it would be really helpful if you could keep hold of your books, or other items, until they reopen.
You can view your account using the Plymouth Library App or via their website where you're able to see current return dates and renew your books. For more information please see below.
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The RYDA would like to thank our Parish Council, Coordinators and Volunteers helping within Newton and Noss while we all try to cope during the emergency.
It’s quite amazing that you have been able to create a Network of Coordinators and Volunteers that cover the whole of Newton, Noss, Membland and Collaton in less than 2 weeks.
Many of you will have noticed that the majority of the Yealm Hotel site has been closed down in order to protect the contractors and visitors to the site. A small security presence will remain on site as will a very small workforce to work on the 3 flats that have been sold and are due for completion in a couple of months.
We are very fortunate where we live, that in the present ‘Lock down’ we can take our daily permissible exercise in lovely walks from our front doors, without driving anywhere and able to maintain distancing from others.
I would like to encourage you to think about enhancing our road verges, if you are not already planning wildflower seeding along the road verges where safe to do so. I say 'safe to do so’ because the vision from driving a car must not be obscured at corners and road junctions. But there is no need to have these potential wildlife corridors mown flat or worse, sprayed, as has often been the custom of late. Just think how lovely it is along the road from Collaton Cross to Puslinch in the spring, first with the mass of yellow Primroses, then the fragrant white Wild Garlic.
If you, or your group, want to take on a section of road verge, first find out who owns it - it may be the adjacent landowner or Parish or District Council (South Hams) and you will need ‘Line of Vision’ advice from the Highways Authority (Nick Colton DevonHighways@devonhighways.co.uk ). Then get agreement and permission to a change of management plan or even to do the work yourselves.
Plant Life are running a Road verge Campaign (roadvergecampaign) and they give good advice on what to do.
The seed may already be there in the soil, and only needs to be given a chance to develop by avoiding spraying and not cutting until after the new flowers have set seed and it has dispersed (late summer). The cuttings need to be removed after they have dried out, as they would enrich the soil, and wildflowers flourish better in a low nitrogen soil. If seeding is required then the seed should be locally sourced to conserve the local flora.
Such management should cost less as it usually results in fewer cuts per year. Dorset Council adopted a nature conservation strategy for its road verges in 2014 and in the 5 years since then they estimate they have saved £100,000. This saving could be even greater if a community adopted a verge and ‘cut and collected’ themselves.
Within our membership are professional biologists who could advise if you wish to take on such a project.
Someone with the knowledge is also useful so that invasive or problematic invaders such as Himalayan Balsam, Giant Hogweed or Ragwort, and be identified and dealt with appropriately – contact Peter Brown for names (561771).
And if funding is required, the local solar farms Community Fund is keen to consider well thought out applications – forms available on www.yealmenergy.co.uk.
The Newton and Noss WI have already planted 1,000 snowdrops this year at The Green in Newton Ferrers and the Community Orchard Group are seeding wild grasses at the Community Orchard in Noss.
Yealmpton Flowers (firstname.lastname@example.org ) have plans for some road verges in their parish, and they are trying to create a network and forum for similar projects in the 5-parishes (Wembury, Brixton, Yealmpton, Holbeton and Newton and Noss).
Here is an opportunity for sharing ideas, expertise and local wild flower seed, and to try to link up Bee Lines that cross parish boundaries.
The River Yealm and District
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