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EXMOOR PHOTOGRAPHY HAS MOVED FROM PORLOCK TO MINEHEAD

Jack and Alison Clegg have moved their photography business from Porlock to Minehead. We wish them all the best with this development! Jack is a long-standing contributor to the magazine and his photography stars on the current winter cover. The photo above shows a red kite which Jack photographed in Valley of Rocks. The image accompanies Trevor Beer’s Country Matters article on page 63 of the winter magazine (which is all about wildlife in winter in the Valley of Rocks).

Here is a message from Jack and Alison about their move, which we have promised to share…

As our lease has now ended at the shop in Porlock, we are relocating the business. We would like to thank you for your custom and support over the last six years and we look forward to your continued custom and support in the future. We have found that with the ever-increasing popularity of the photography courses, we are away from this shop too much to justify staying here.

Exmoor Photography is continuing as normal. However, we will be concentrating on the following services,

  • Exmoor Photography Courses
  • Online Gallery Sales
  • Commercial Photography
  • Canvas & fine quality printing service (not kiosk)

All of our products and information are available online
as always on the following websites.
If you have any questions or would like
to book your photography course
Please do not hesitate to contact us.

Gallery: www.exmoorphotography.co.uk
Course & Photo accessories: www.exmoorphotographycourse.co.uk
Alternatively, you can contact us on
T: 01643 702312 (active from Monday 23rd January 2017)
M: 07790 885506
E: exmoorphotography@btconnect.com

OFFICE ADDRESS:
Exmoor Photography
Hillbrook
85 Marshfield Rd
Minehead
Somerset
TA24 6AJ.

You are welcome to visit the office BY APPOINTMENT ONLY,
please contact us on the above numbers to make an appointment.
We will be running the business from our H/A until we find
a larger retail premises in a bigger town.


  • Please note if you have a Photography Course GV, please contact us (as per normal) to book your course by contacting us on the above numbers.
  • Please note if you have a current shop GV you can use it on the gallery website as above or as part payment against one of our photography courses.

CONNECTING DARTMOOR & EXMOOR PROGRAMME

The National Parks of Dartmoor and Exmoor contain some of the most remote and poorly connected parts of England. But that is about to change when they get connected to the superfast digital highway through one of the largest wireless broadband infrastructure projects ever to be undertaken in the country.

Matt Hancock, Minister of State responsible for digital and culture policy at the Department for Culture, Media and Sport, recently unveiled the roll-out of the Connecting Dartmoor and Exmoor (CDE) superfast broadband programme across the National Parks. It is being hailed as a game changer for the region’s economy by business and community leaders from Devon and Somerset.

The Minister said: “Fast, reliable broadband is no longer a luxury, it’s a necessity, perhaps especially in rural areas such as Dartmoor and Exmoor. It’s great to see Connecting Devon & Somerset (CDS) working together with the National Park Authorities, West Somerset Council and Airband on this innovative approach to roll out superfast broadband in such a remote and challenging area.

“The faster speeds will bring significant benefits to local people, businesses and public services, and open up the National Parks to a much wider marketplace so that even more people can enjoy these places of outstanding beauty.”

Councillor David Hall, Somerset County Council’s Cabinet member for Business, Inward Investment and Policy, added: “The Connecting Dartmoor & Exmoor programme builds on the success of the first phase of the CDS programme and is already making significant impact with some 2049 premises already able to connect to the wireless network and many more will be able to connect before Christmas. This will bring long-term economic benefits to the Moors that will be felt for many generations to come.”

Cllr Andrew Leadbetter, Cabinet Member for Economy and Growth for Devon County Council, commented: “The roll-out to the National Parks represents an important element of the second phase of the CDS programme. It will enrich residents’ lives by providing easier access to public services and education resources for our young people, whilst providing a major stimulus to the farming and tourism sectors which are crucial to the local economy.

“The innovative approach that has been taken with the roll-out across the National Parks is also testament to the open procurement route used for the second phase of the programme which ensures we provide competition, choice and value for money to the communities that we are serving.”

MP for Central Devon Mel Stride, said: “It’s vital that rural areas have the same access to faster broadband as their urban counterparts and I am delighted for my constituents in the Dartmoor National Park area that will receive both social and economic benefits. It will make the region an even more attractive place to visit, work and set up new enterprises.”

The National Parks have played a key role in balancing the need to rollout broadband to really hard to reach places, whilst conserving the landscape of the area.

Chairman of Dartmoor National Park, Bill Hitchins commented: “We are delighted to have supported this new approach to connecting our most rural communities and businesses to faster broadband. National Parks are national assets that we are very proud to look after, however they are living, working landscapes that still need good connectivity to ensure our businesses and communities thrive.”

Cllr Andrea Davis, Chairman of Exmoor National Park added: “Superfast broadband will provide a welcome boost to those living and working on the moors. Dartmoor and Exmoor have been leading the way being the only National Parks to gain funding through the Rural Community Broadband Fund for phase one and now funding and supporting the rollout of the largest wireless broadband network in the country. Our staff have worked hard to secure these benefits for the area whilst conserving the special landscape loved by so many.”

Airband, a specialist in high speed wireless broadband for rural areas, is delivering the £4.6m scheme to connect 5,800 homes, farms and businesses across Exmoor and Dartmoor.

The Airband solution uses state of the art data radio technology delivering speeds of 30Mbps or more, ensuring high speed connection where fibre is not available. Its technology is also future-proofed so will be able to exceed these speeds in years to come.

The technology works by passing a signal from a radio on a transmitter or mast to a radio attached to the final building. A cable then takes the connection into the building allowing the home or business to connect to the internet the same way as via fibre or a standard broadband connection.

The roll-out of the infrastructure has been a major engineering feat. Designing a network in such sensitive and nationally important landscapes as the South West’s two National Parks demands great care and consideration, not only  to conserve  the moorland skyline but also its rich wealth of nationally important archaeological and wildlife sites. In addition, groundworks have been challenging due to the difficult terrain and have required the use, for example, of specialist equipment to drill through rock before installing poles. The dramatic topography of the moors has also presented accessibility challenges, where at times vehicles have struggled to climb steep hills or reach very isolated spots. Despite these challenges, works have continued to progress and the connectivity on the moors is now live in areas.

The nature of fixed wireless infrastructure means that there has been no need to dig up roads and lay cables to connect with the exchange points, again minimising the impact of the works on the environment.

Redmond Peel, Managing Director of Airband, commented: “We’re delighted to be involved in coming up with a next generation communications solution for one of the most challenging areas in the country in terms of the dense treelines, long distances involved, hills and existing structures. Through our experience of rural deployments and specialist expertise in implementing fixed wireless broadband, we’ve been able to minimise disruption and maintain this area of outstanding beauty.”

As part of the unveiling of the CDE programme, schoolchildren at local primary school Ilsington got a lesson with a difference when they were provided with a futuristic view of the digital world. Pupils had a demonstration in virtual reality and the use of iPads whilst listening to a talk on the unlimited potential of technology that will form an ever-increasing part of their lives as they grow up.

Connecting Dartmoor & Exmoor, which forms part of the 2nd phase programme to extend superfast broadband coverage beyond the phase one deployment, is part of the Connecting Devon & Somerset (CDS) superfast broadband roll-out programme across the wider region.

About Connecting Devon and Somerset
Councils across Devon and Somerset are working together to bring faster broadband to the area and deliver improved broadband for rural Devon and Somerset – the “final third” – rural areas that are unlikely to benefit from commercial investment in broadband.

The Connecting Devon and Somerset Programme covers Devon County Council, Somerset County Council, Bath and North East Somerset Council, Plymouth City Council, Torbay Council, and North Somerset Council areas.

In 2011 the programme secured £32 million of funding from the government agency Broadband Delivery UK (BDUK) and both Somerset and Devon County Councils put in £10 million each. Further funding from Bath and North East Somerset Council brought the public sector total close to £53 million.  With the £41 million additional investment from BT the Programme is investing £94 million to improve broadband connectivity.

In addition, over £700,000 of additional funding was secured working with Dartmoor and Exmoor National Park’s to extend the reach in this phase to around 75% of Dartmoor and 69% of Exmoor premises by the end of 2016.  In 2014 BDUK announced a further £22.75m allocated to the CDS programme to support the extension of superfast broadband coverage to 95 per cent of premises nationally. This has been matched locally, which means the programme has over £45 million further to invest in bringing superfast broadband to the area.

About Connecting Dartmoor & Exmoor
The Connecting Dartmoor and Exmoor programme is led by Connecting Devon and Somerset Partnership with the support of Dartmoor and Exmoor National Park Authorities.  It is being delivered by Airband Community Internet Company and will connect 5,800 homes, farms and businesses across the two National Parks using fixed wireless broadband technology.

It kick-starts phase two of the publicly-funded Connecting Devon and Somerset broadband programme which aims to provide 95% of Devon and Somerset with superfast broadband.

About Airband
Airband is an internet service provider that focuses on delivering superfast broadband to hard to reach and rural communities across England and Wales where a traditional fibre solution cannot be used. This is achieved by using fixed wireless radio wave technology to bring speeds of 20Mbps to 1Gbps, connecting users to the internet via overground transmissions rather than digging up roads to lay underground cables. The result is a low impact solution ideally suited to rural areas, National Parks and AONBs.

With 10 years’ experience, the Airband team plan, install and maintain a private network, tailoring the solution to the local environment, taking into account the geography, the existing wireless landscape and the economics of each project, enabling the best possible connection and speed to each location.

A WORKHUB FOR EXMOOR?

Exmoor National Park has commissioned WorkHubs CIC to explore the viability of a potential workhub at Wheddon Cross which would support sole proprietors, self-employed, home workers and micro businesses by providing shared facilities and a focal point for micro enterprise on Exmoor.

A workhub is a club-type workspace which provides a place for people to work as members as and when they need it, with a range of facilities from hot desks to rent on a pay as you go basis through to serviced offices. The workhub can cater for a mix of daily and occasional users under one roof providing a special mix of services for people whose business is often home-based.

In order to see if this idea is viable Exmoor National Park Authority really needs small, local businesses, home workers and self-employed people to give their views. If you fit into any of these categories or it is of any interest to you, please go to www.workhubs.com and click on the button in the centre marked Exmoor Workhub to complete a quick survey or join the discussions on the dedicated Facebook page – www.facebook.com/exmoorworkhub.

Whilst it may not be directly relevant to some tourism businesses it probably will be for many of the suppliers and contractors you work with and so everyone is being asked to spread the word if they can.

PHOTO: The work hub in Penzance, known as The Workbox – find out more here: theworkbox.com

INVITATION TO DISCUSS REVISED PLANS FOR WATCHET’S EAST QUAY DEVELOPMENT

Social Enterprise regeneration company, Onion Collective CIC, are inviting local people to come and discuss new concept design ideas for a cultural workspace development on the marina side at Watchet’s East Quay. An informal workshop will take place on Thursday 10 November at 7pm in the Watchet Visitor Centre, Harbour Road Watchet.

To book a place follow this link: http://bit.ly/2eJtQpx or go to the homepage of Onion Collective at www.onioncollective.co.uk

The East Quay Foundry Project is a proposal to build workspaces for makers of all types, from light industrial, to fine art to craft and web-based. It is a place where visitors can come to see makers at work and will include a larger gallery to house exhibitions. It will include a café/restaurant with views out onto the marina and coast, and small, bespoke self-catering accommodation pods for the adventurous traveller. The scheme also includes a ‘look-out tower’ for visitors to climb and see unrivalled views of the West Somerset Coast, the Quantocks and Exmoor. The project aims to bring life and energy back onto the Watchet quayside, with music, entertainment and activities throughout the year. Crucially it also aims to bring jobs into Watchet through staffing needed to run the facility as well as encouraging entrepreneurship by providing inexpensive workspaces for start-up enterprises.

The next phase of work is thanks to funding from the Coastal Revival Fund which awarded Onion Collective £50k this year to move concept designs to the planning stages. The funding is in order to move concept designs to technical drawings, as well as pay for a number of surveys and engineering investigation work needed for planning permission. Onion Collective have been awarded ‘Preferred Bidder Status’ from landowner West Somerset Council, and once planning permission has been granted Onion Collective will then be able to apply for capital grant funding to build the project.

Onion Collective Director, Georgie Grant, says: “We are at a really exciting phase for the East Quay Foundry project. This funding from Coastal Revival means that we can take another look at the architectural concept designs, created by architects Invisible Studio, and incorporate the comments that people have been telling us. Recent feedback has led to changes in the designs, and we want to discuss those changes with local people before they become more firmly developed. By talking to local people at this stage we can be sure that we fully understand all the observations and questions that they have. This project is very close to our hearts and it is important to us that we get it right. We want this project to be an key catalyst to bring jobs into Watchet, for it to become a landmark destination to bring visitors from far and wide and fantastic resource for everyone living in and around West Somerset.”

The workshops will be a presentation of the revised concept designs before they become too developed and an informal discussion for people to say what they think and share observations. Light refreshments will be provided to act as brain food! Thoughts, comments and observations at these workshops will then be fed back to the architects, and the final designs will then be presented at a larger public meeting later in the year.

Come and talk through the new designs on Thursday 10 November, 7pm at the Watchet Boat Museum. To book a place follow this link: http://bit.ly/2eJtQpx or email info@onioncollective.co.uk or call the office on 01984 633496.

For more information about the East Quay project go to: www.onioncollective.co.uk/east-quay-work-foundry

DUNKERY BEACON COUNTRY HOUSE HOTEL & HESTERCOMBE WINNERS AT SOUTH WEST TOURISM AWARDS

The team at a country house hotel on Exmoor are celebrating winning yet more awards after scooping golds and being declared the Winner of Winners at the Bristol Bath and Somerset Tourism Awards.

Dunkery Beacon Country House Hotel in Wootton Courtenay near Dunster won gold in the Small Hotel, Boutique Accommodation category and gold in the Restaurant/Bistro of the Year for its Coleridge Restaurant at the ceremony at Double Tree by Hilton, Cadbury House.

John Bradley, who runs the award-winning Dunkery Beacon Country House Hotel together with his wife Jane, said: “We are absolutely thrilled to have taken home gold in these prestigious awards and it is a credit to all the hard work everyone on the team puts in. We’re also absolutely delighted to have won the title of Winner of Winners too. We’re very humbled by it all and completely blown away!

“We pride ourselves on the beautiful accommodation we provide and we feel our rooms are really top notch and wonderful places for our guests to really relax. Once fully rested they can enjoy our delicious food in our Coleridge Restaurant where our ingredients are locally sourced.”

The Bristol Bath and Somerset Tourism Awards are run by Services for Tourism, who already run tourism awards schemes across Southern England.

Successful businesses in the awards will now be considered for matching categories in the South West Tourism Excellence Awards in February 2017 with the chance to go on to represent Bristol, Bath and Somerset at the National VisitEngland Awards later in the year.

John has more than 25 years’ experience in catering, notching up numerous top chef roles in this country and overseas.

Jane has a background in hospitality and worked in the wine industry for more than 15 years.

To find out more, please call 01643 841 241 or visit www.dunkerybeaconaccommodation.co.uk .

PHOTO:  John and Jane Bradley, who run the Dunkery Beacon Country House Hotel, which has just received two golds and a Winner of Winners award at the Bristol Bath and Somerset Tourism Awards, with Sally Shalam, a former London Evening Standard travel editor, Guardian hotel critic and Condé Nast Traveller columnist.

Hestercombe, near Taunton, are also celebrating, after winning gold at the Awards in the category of Small Attraction of the Year.

Chief Executive of the Hestercombe Gardens Trust, Philip White, and General Manager Richard Mira attended the awards ceremony at Cadbury House Hotel near Congresbury on Wednesday (October 19).

Mr White said: “To have been recognised as a top destination in the region is a great honour, and we are delighted the work of our dedicated staff, volunteers, and supporters has paid off in helping us bring this award back to Somerset. We were up against some strong competition and this is testament to the support of everybody who is so involved with the preservation, restoration and development of Hestercombe.”

John Turner, Chief Executive of Visit Somerset, says: “Visit Somerset is delighted to be part of these prestigious awards, finally now many Somerset tourism and leisure businesses are going to get the recognition that they deserve in our wonderful county that we call Somerset.”

It’s been a winning streak for Hestercombe, as only last month the gardens winning the European Gardens Award.

NEW BROADBAND VOUCHER SCHEME TO GET EVERYONE CONNECTED

Connecting Devon and Somerset (CDS) has launched a new scheme to bring faster broadband to the area. 

North Devon Council is urging local residents and small businesses with a broadband speed below 2Mbps (megabytes per second) to apply for a £500 voucher to help pay for the installation of a new broadband connection in their home or premises.

The scheme will run for one year up until March 2017 and is open to individual residents, small businesses and communities. Following an eligibility check, CDS will provide a voucher for use with one of a number of recommended Broadband suppliers, bringing broadband speeds up to a minimum of 10 Mbps.

CDS is still working through the Phase 1 roll-out, which is bringing faster broadband to the area through fibre optic cable installation in towns and villages across the district. However, not all rural areas will be covered by the roll-out and the voucher scheme has been launched as an alternative solution for these areas.

Executive Member for economic development, Councillor Pat Barker, says: “Connecting Devon and Somerset have already brought faster broadband to much of North Devon. However, some areas are still suffering from slow speeds and certain rural areas won’t benefit from the current roll-out. If you think this may apply to you, go online to check your broadband speed and apply.”

For more information and to apply online go to www.connectingdevonandsomerset.co.uk/cds-broadband-voucher-scheme or email broadbandvoucher-mailbox@devon.gov.uk.

LOCAL PRODUCERS GET FANTASTIC SUPPORT FROM THE WIMBLEBALL LAKE VENTURE

The Duck Café at Wimbleball opened its doors on Saturday 5 March and immediately ticked lots of boxes with visitors to the South West Lakes Trust’s famous beauty spot.

The café and shop sells the best of local food and gifts and is focusing on a fresh, seasonal menu which will change regularly. More than 80 customers enjoyed Saturday’s menu with the Whortleberry Jam Exmoor Cream Tea and The Duck signature Beef Burger selling out.

The café and shop have been set up under licence by local food enthusiasts and good friends Ellie Street and Michele Maltby who both live nearby. Ellie is a professional cook and Michele is already in business on Exmoor.

Ellie said, “I always walked my dogs at Wimbleball and I kept saying to Michele what a fantastic spot for us to have a café. We are delighted the opportunity came along. We will be developing what we offer as we learn more about what our customers would like us to cook and sell.”

Alex Forster, Exmoor Countryside Manager, said, “I am really impressed with the transformation Michelle and Ellie have made. The Duck is really cosy now. I’ve also tried the cake already and can vouch that it’s delicious! We are confident that it will encourage even more visitors to this area, which is truly beautiful.”

The café and shop have been redesigned to have a relaxing but stylish feel. The Duck at Wimbleball will be open for the next 3 weekends and will then open 5 days a week from 23 March, including Easter Monday.

Donna Saunders, Catering and Hospitality Manager for South West Lakes Trust said, “I would like to take this opportunity to wish Ellie and Michele the very best of luck.  I know how passionate you are about The Duck and have no doubt that it will be a great success.”

For more information call 01398 371257 or follow ‘The Duck Café’ on Facebook and on Twitter – @duckwimbleball.

NEW ECONOMIC PLANS SET TO BOOST NORTH DEVON COASTAL AREAS

Four coastal communities in North Devon have published ambitious plans to boost their local economies.

Lynton and Lynmouth, Fremington, Barnstaple and Ilfracombe join over 100 other coastal communities across the country taking control of their futures.

The economic plans are the result of a funding bid to the government’s Coastal Communities Team at the Department for Communities and Local Government (DCLG) submitted by North Devon Council last year. As a result, Coastal Community Teams in each of the four areas received £10,000 to help their local economies.

Following consultation with local stakeholders, the economic plans, published yesterday (Tuesday 23 February), set out practical steps to drive growth, jobs and prosperity in their communities. The Coastal Community Teams will now prepare funding bids to deliver these projects.

Communities Secretary, Greg Clark, says: “Our Great British Coast has enormous economic potential and we are determined to see it thrive all year round – not just in the summer months. The huge number of plans submitted across the country, demonstrate the wave of optimism and wealth of creative and practical ideas to boost economic lift-off.  I now want to see their hard work and enthusiasm come to fruition by helping to deliver their ideas through the Coastal Community Teams.”

North Devon Council’s Executive Member for Regeneration, Councillor Pat Barker, says: “The Coastal Community Teams have brought together the various groups that are active within each of the areas and they have worked hard to develop their economic plans. It is clear that each community is brimming with enthusiasm and ideas and the plans set out both the issues they face and their aims for improvement. The next step is working together to access funding to make these ambitions a reality. The initial funding to set up the teams will allow some simple projects to be delivered and now the focus is on the medium-term, more complex developments.”

The economic plans for each area focus broadly on:

  • Fremington Quay – increasing visitor numbers through walking, cycling and potentially by sea (bringing the estuary alive)
  • Barnstaple – focusing on maritime heritage and the river frontage using this to attract more visitors to the town for longer
  • Ilfracombe – using the activities and successful regeneration of the harbour area to help benefit the economy along the High Street
  • Lyn Valley – increasing visitors by sea, to look at new media as a way to market the area and to build on the success of the Valley of Rocks as a filming location

The economic plans for each area are published on the North Devon Council website www.northdevon.gov.uk/ccteams.

NEW STREET FAIRS FOR WATCHET – CALL OUT FOR STALLHOLDERS

Watchet’s Coastal Community Team, who are working to develop tourism and economic growth in the town, are putting the call out to all interesting stall holders for new monthly Street Fairs in Watchet. The Street Fairs will be starting in May and will run on the first Sunday of every month.

The Street Fairs will include bands, food and entertainment and particularly welcomes new start-ups, craft, vintage, up-cycling and artisan food traders. Each month there will be a particular theme for the Street Fair with associated food offerings and entertainment. The themes will be:

Sunday 1 May – May Day Street Fair

Sunday 5 June – Royal Street Fair

Sunday 3 July – American Day Street Fair

Sunday 7 August – Sand & Sea Street Fair

Sunday 4 September – Indian Summer Street Fair

Sunday 2 October – Apple Sunday Street Fair

Sunday 6 November – Autumn Leaves Street Fair

The organisers of the events, Watchet Coastal Communities Team is made up of local people, businesses and organisations in Watchet and includes Town Council, District Council, Watchet Chamber of Trade, Onion Collective CIC, Conservation Society, Market House Museum, West Somerset Railway, Watchet Boat Owners Association and other local business representatives. The Street Fairs aim to attract more visitors to Watchet, celebrate local festivities, as well as helping to support start-up businesses in the area. The Fairs are funded by the central government national initiative Coastal Communities which aims to boost Britain’s coastal towns. Watchet is one of 118 Coastal Communities Teams set up last year by government to help drive forward coastal areas growth.

Watchet Conservation Society’s Molly Quint says:

“The new Street Fairs will bring entertainment and life into Watchet, and we are excited at the prospect of working with new interesting stall holders, we hope that the Street Fairs will help them to develop their business as well as bring lots more visitors into Watchet.”

Pitches will be from £15 with a gazebo and £5 without.

To book a pitch contact Molly Quint tel: 01984 632592 or email: quint407@btinternet.com

 

CROSS LANE HOUSE AND RHS ROSEMOOR BOTH TAKE SILVER

Two local businesses, RHS Rosemoor and Cross Lane House, were absolutely thrilled to receive Silver in the South West Tourism Awards Small Hotel of the Year category 2016 in a glittering ceremony at Exeter Cathedral last week, hosted by ITV news presenters Kylie Pentelow and Ian Axton.

With a record 490 entries from Devon, Cornwall, Somerset, Dorset, Avon, Gloucester, Wiltshire and the Scilly Isles, these awards are the biggest scheme of their kind and follow a rigorous three-stage judging process, including individual personal visits. The undercover inspector who came to stay at Cross Lane House reported that, “This is a most attractive property. Having lain derelict for several years, the current owners have invested considerable time and money in refurbishment. This has been matched by the provision of excellent service.”

Cross Lane House, built in 1545, is close to the West Somerset coast and set within Exmoor National Park. Described as ‘romantically old-fashioned and stylishly contemporary’ by hotel guru Fiona Duncan in The Telegraph recently, this small, luxurious hotel has just four sumptuous rooms and an acclaimed restaurant serving light lunches, candlelit dinners and tantalising afternoon teas.

“It’s a team operation,” say owners Max Lawrence and Andrew Stinson, who are committed to a quality and a level of service above and beyond the expected. “We have a passionate team of local people who are focused on delivering a consistent quality experience for our guests.  Our supplier partners are also key to the excellence agenda by providing outstanding produce from the South West peninsula.”

Robin Barker, Director of Services for Tourism Ltd, who manage the Awards, commented: “We are celebrating the excellence of the south west tourism offering who are pushing new boundaries in what this region has to offer.  They are the role models in tourism, constantly reinventing their offering and making sure this region stays at the fore in what is one of the biggest and fast growing industries in the world.”

Cross Lane House 01643 863 276 www.CrossLaneHouse.com

The Royal Horticultural Society garden in Devon, RHS Garden Rosemoor, which recently won Gold in Devon went on to win silver in the Large Attraction category at the South West Tourism Excellence Awards.

Sally Charleton, Head of Site at RHS Garden Rosemoor, said: “I am overwhelmed and so proud that Rosemoor has won this award. It is testament to a great team effort of everyone at Rosemoor, both staff and volunteers, who contribute to providing an amazing visitor experience. From a prospective visitor perhaps seeing a leaflet or searching online right through to leaving Rosemoor at the end of their day out, we pride ourselves in showing a glorious garden in the best light, giving excellent customer service, providing great facilities, and an extensive events programme that give our customers reasons to visit 364 days a year.”

Sally went on to say, “Many thanks to all the wonderful staff at Rosemoor whose hard work and dedication made this possible. This fantastic news will surely drive further visitors to enjoy the stunning horticulture highlights of the garden with its many fabulous events to look forward to, including the month long-rose festival and Rocket Science during the summer holidays.”

RHS Rosemoor 01805 624067  www.rhs.org.uk/gardens/rosemoor