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Green Futures Community Projects

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Bradley Field Allotment Plot

The Bradley Field Allotment Plot is our operational base. We are developing this plot as a productive food growing environment where perennial pick and come again produce is central. The allotment site as a whole has 37 plots and is a really inspiring place to be. There is an incredible amount of knowledge and experience in terms of food growing there and a great sense of community and valuing of the natural world around us. 

Follow the Wren for more information.

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Bradley Bug Recovery Network

There is growing evidence that nationally and globally insect populations are falling, with particular concern around pollinating insects like bees and butterflies. To get a clearer sense of what species of pollinators we have in our local area, and in what levels of abundance, we want to enable local people to get involved.  With the help of professional ecologists from the Devon Biodiversity Records Centre, we will start measuring and recording in order to generate the necessary baseline data across the Bradley area of Newton Abbot. 

The project will use the information collected from these locations to assess what action we need to take to encourage more insects, particularly pollinators, into our local area. We will also feed our results into the UK Pollinator Monitoring Scheme, run by the Pollinator Monitoring and Research Partnership.  We are currently working with Bradley Barton Primary School to help encourage more insects to their environment...

To get involved or find out more click on the butterfly

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The Lemon Valley Biodiversity Project

The River Lemon runs from its source near to Haytor to the south of Dartmoor down through 9.9 miles of wooded, agricultural and urban landscape to where it meets the River Teign in the town of Newton Abbot. 

The Lemon Valley Biodiversity Project aims to engage with people of all ages, backgrounds and abilities across the geographical area of the river’s catchment in assessing the current levels of species biodiversity and developing a catchment-wide programme of action to increase these in ways that enhance the ecosystem services of the catchment and encourages greater wellbeing for all.

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Bradley Barton Primary School Meadows

Since July 2021 Green Futures has been working closely with staff and pupils at Bradley Barton Primary School to encourage greater levels of biodiversity across the school campus. The school already has a wonderful ethos that embraces environmental sustainability, with dedicated areas for horticulture and for encouraging wildlife and staff that are fully committed to bringing nature into the classroom. Through our initial work to develop the wider Bradley Bug Recover Network, we identified potential areas where we thought the habitat could be enhanced, including the grass banks around the school car park and a largely unused turfed area adjacent to nearby houses. In September 2021 after advice from Moor Meadows, we purchased native wildflower seeds with the help of Fermoys Garden Centre and Williams Southern Construction.

The seeds were sown with school children in October and a survey in May 2022 revealed an abundance of wildflowers now firmly established, which will brighten up the car-park and help local pollinators....

Click on the orchid to see more.

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