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Stakeholder Update
July 2020

As it is not possible to have a face to face Stakeholder group at the moment, we'll be updating you in this newsletter with a summary of achievements and plans for the remainder of 2020
 
After an enforced pause due to Covid-19, Wild Exmouth has now been redesigned to enable a dynamic and sustainable restart to the project. We have plans for new exciting activities and we're looking forward to getting the Exmouth community involved

Nature pledge campaign is blooming

Residents are making great strides to offer connected habitat for wildlife as part of our 'My Patch For Nature' campaign. Over 300 people have now pledged part of their gardens, allotments, window box or balcony to add space for nature.

Our campaign has unlocked the potential for Exmouth's community biodiversity consciousness. We have now added all 300+ pledges on to an interactive Google map which you can visit to see how far we have come since the launch last year:

Find out all about more about our project themes and activities with the new Wild Exmouth trailers. 

Enjoy the EXCLUSIVE stakeholders' premier of


Wild Exmouth: Wild at Home
Family events

New this Summer: small group events for households or families to book on to. This will allow safe and engaging events to be run for groups up to 5 people. Look out for bug hunts, pond dipping and bat walks.

 

New online events

We're launching Wild Exmouth Online Learning Webinars, beginning with An Introduction to Bumblebees. These sessions run alongside nature and outdoors ideas and activities on our social media accounts.
New outdoor features for social media
 
We have started to introduce new video content that helps residents to explore Exmouth's special environment. Click below to see a preview of this bird's-eye view of a 10-mile cycle around Exmouth. Over the summer we will continue to utilise this technology to recommend walks and cycle routes for everyone to explore. 
Earlier this year we planted new orchards with our partners at Point in View, with the National Trust at Lower Halsdon Farm and at Carter Avenue. Over 50 new fruit and nut trees were installed as part of our new and developing Orchard Trail. We are now recruiting Orchard Guardian volunteers to look after these new trees as they mature over the coming years.
From a crisis comes opportunity!

During the lockdown we had the chance to accelerate our wildflower creation work in conjunction with Streetscene. Over 37,000 metres squared of short-mown grass has been brought into more favourable management, allowing biodiversity to restored to additional parts of Phear and Brixington Parks and St Johns Road playing field. Surveys are being undertaken to record which species have grown this year and will be putting together management advice for future care of these areas.
We dig trees!
 
From our 2019 community tree planting success we are now rooting for the coming season. With the help of Exmouth Tree Project and Streetscene we are identifying sites to plant additional trees. We want to establish new orchards, parkland trees, and to plant on other suitable locations including cycle routes and around housing estates. We believe there is scope to plant over 60 orchard and specimen trees and over 300 mixed native trees in the coming years. We have funding for some of these and will be a launching a crowd-funding project to help with the cost of the more expensive trees.  
If only I had a map! 
 
One of our key aims is to improve information for residents to enable exploration and discovery of nature on their doorstep. We have recently commissioned a designer to develop a green space map to be distributed to every household in Exmouth later this year. This will showcase the hidden environment in the town, highlight cycle and walking routes, shine a light on the valley park areas and inspire residents to get outdoors and encourage extended pride in their town. 
Where are the Valley Parks?
 
This year we are working to support some of the ideas set out in the neighbourhood plan, especially focusing on the valley parks.  We have started to draft some signage designs to make the vision a reality for residents on the ground. Please see below the designs for the two valleys that have considerable council owned open space. The final designs will be agreed with Exmouth Town Council and Streetscene in the coming months. Please let us know your thoughts on these first styles. 
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