Britain’s national parks take lead in low-carbon initiatives

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The UK’s National Parks are leading the way in helping the country make the transition from oil dependency to a low carbon future through harnessing land-based resources.

The South West’s largest Low Carbon Festival will be held across the Dartmoor and Exmoor national parks with more than 20 events for all interests including local businesses and farmers.

The Festival, a partnership between Dartmoor and Exmoor National Park Authorities, will promote low carbon living in and around the region’s two National Parks, hosting community organised events for all ages to enjoy. A key aim of the Festival is for everyone interested to enjoy and celebrate existing low carbon activity on the moors and to share knowledge on how to achieve low carbon living.

The Festival is encouraging communities, individuals and businesses to devise and promote innovative solutions to low carbon living, meeting the challenge of tackling climate change. It’s the ultimate excuse for residents and tourists alike to enjoy a visit to the beautiful landscapes of the region’s two ‘breathing spaces’- Exmoor and Dartmoor.

No matter what age, interest or career, everyone can come along to enjoy and learn from the diverse selection of events throughout the Low Carbon Festival. Even better, the majority are free entry, although some need to be pre-booked – See: lowcarbonfestival.co.uk for full details.

Before the events begin though, the Dartmoor & Exmoor Low Carbon Festival Summit will be held at Exeter’s Met Office on Friday 9th October where leading South West business and community leaders will engage delegates from key public, private and community sector organisations in exploring and debating the challenges for the National Parks and the implications posed by climate change for the wider South West.

FUN LOVING FAMILIES:

  • Exmoor: How to Grow your Own Home! – Monday 12th October (Brendon Hill & Exford)
  • Exmoor: Wood Fair – Saturday 10th October (Dulverton)
  • Exmoor: Mire Restoration Project Open Day – Sunday 11th October (Squallacombe)
  • Exmoor Food Fair – Sunday 11th October (Porlock)
  • Exmoor: Eco Fair & Film Show – Friday 9th October (Minehead)
  • Exmoor Energy Excursion – Saturday 10th October (Various)
  • Exmoor: Sustainable Leisure Events at Wimbleball Lake – Saturday 10th October
  • Dartmoor: Green Living Open Weekend – Saturday 10th & Sunday 11th October
  • Dartmoor: Increasing footfall, not carbon footprints (travel onto Dartmoor on the Haytor Hoppa (271) or transmoor (82) bus services) – Saturday 10th October
  • Dartmoor: Tavistock Farmers’ Market – Saturday 10th October
  • Dartmoor: Bovey Tracey Green Street Fair – Saturday 10th October
  • Dartmoor: Climate change…medieval style – Saturday 10th & Sunday 11th October
  • Dartmoor: Green Living by Sustain Dunsford – Saturday 10th & Sunday 11th October

CLIMATE CAMP AFICIONADOS:

  • Exmoor: How to Grow your Own Home! – Monday 12th October (Brendon Hill & Exford)
  • Exmoor Energy Excursion – Saturday 10th October (Various)
  • Dartmoor: Green Living Open Weekend – Saturday 10th & Sunday 11th October
  • Dartmoor: Green Living by Sustain Dunsford – Saturday 10th & Sunday 11th October

WILDLIFE & VEGETATION LOVING RAMBLERS!

  • Exmoor Mire Restoration Project Open Day – Sunday 11th October (Squallacombe)
  • Exmoor: Carbon Fields Workshop – Tuesday 13th October (Venue TBC)
  • Dartmoor: Walk to the Middle of Nowhere – and back! All weekend
  • Dartmoor: Guided walk on Holne Moor – Sunday 11th October
  • Dartmoor: Climate change…medieval style – Saturday 10th & Sunday 11th October
  • Dartmoor: Increasing footfall, not carbon footprints (Travel onto Dartmoor on the Haytor Hoppa (271) or transmoor (82) bus services) – Saturday 10th October

RENEWABLE ENERGY LOVERS:

  • Exmoor Wood Fair – Saturday 10th October (Dulverton)
  • Exmoor Energy Excursion – Saturday 10th October (Various)
  • Dartmoor: Renewable Energy Tour (Devon Association for Renewable Energy) – Sunday 11th October
  • Dartmoor: Green Living Open Weekend – Saturday 10th & Sunday 11th October
  • Dartmoor: Two Moors, One Planet Awareness (The Dartmoor Circle) – Saturday 10th & Sunday 11th October
  • Dartmoor: Green Living by Sustain Dunsford – Saturday 10th & Sunday 11th October
  • Dartmoor: Audio self guided Dartmoor walk – Sunday 11th October

GREEN FARMERS

  • Exmoor: The carbon fields workshop – 13th October
  • Dartmoor Farms’ Carbon Project Workshop – 7th October

LOW FOOD MILE CONNOISSEURS

  • Exmoor Food Fair – Sunday 11th October (Porlock)
  • Dartmoor: Tavistock Farmers’ Market – Saturday 10th October
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