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Have you ever been up to your neck in that black, gluey and smelly mud which abounds in the upper reaches of the Avon Estuary and around the salt marsh areas – thinking you might never escape its clutches and, somehow, might have to call the Coastguard for rescue if only you could get your hands free of the stuff? If so, you might want to withdraw your curses and instead sing its praises, rather like the old Flanders and Swan song – “Mud, Mud, Glorious Mud” – because, with the recent renewed level of interest in global warming, that black goo has now been reinvented as ‘Blue Carbon’.
Click on this link for a mud bath! YOU CAN SKIP THE ADVERTS! – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1QW85kfakJc
For an aerial view of some of the estuary mud, click here – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1ekZu202ZZo#action=share
According to the website at BlueCarbonPortal.org., ‘Blue carbon’ is the carbon stored and sequestered in coastal ecosystems such as mangrove forests, sea grass meadows or inter-tidal salt marshes. These valuable ecosystems hold vast carbon reservoirs; they sequester atmospheric CO2 through primary production, and then deposit it in their sediments. In fact, most blue carbon is found in the soils or sediments beneath the vegetation.
The rates of carbon sequestration and storage are comparable to (and often higher than) the sequestration rates in carbon-rich terrestrial ecosystems such as tropical rainforests or peatlands. Unlike most terrestrial systems, which reach soil carbon equilibrium within decades, deposition of carbon dioxide in coastal ecosystem sediment can continue over millennia. However, when these coastal ecosystems are degraded or destroyed they can become carbon dioxide sources due to the oxidization of biomass and organic soil.
Because coastal ecosystems do contain substantial amounts of carbon, and because this carbon is in danger of being released, they are important in mitigating climate change. Unfortunately, however, the rate of loss of mangroves, seagrasses and saltmarshes (driven mostly by human activities) is estimated to be among the highest of any ecosystem on the planet, prompting international interest in managing them more effectively for their carbon benefits.
Although the Avon Estuary’s contribution to carbon sequestration may be small on a planetary scale, that contribution to conservation strengthens the argument for its designation by Natural England as one of the new Marine Conservation Zones and for the inclusion of the embryonic salt marsh at South Efford within its boundary.
Those anaerobic bugs thriving in the mud, locking up carbon, could be the saviours of our planet. Disturb them at your peril!!! GLORIOUS MUD indeed!
South Hams CVS has a lot going on in November, most of it is FREE. Come and join us!
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South Devon Advice Network 8 November 10-1 Buckfast. Topics include: Illegal money lending & lone sharks, updates on Universal Credit. If you are a community group helping vulnerable people this FREE information & networking event is for you! Book at https://sdadvice.eventbrite.co.uk
Volunteer Organisers Forum – Focus on Youth Volunteering 15 November 2-4.30, Ivybridge Library. A chance to network, troubleshoot and share ideas for all who work with or manage volunteers in the South Hams. Book your FREE place at firstname.lastname@example.org
Customer Service for Groups 27 November 10-1 Ivybridge £15 voluntary groups in the South Hams; £25 other organisations https://shcvscustomerservice.eventbrite.co.uk
Introduction to Peer Mentoring (2 day course) – 28 November & 5 December 10-3, Totnes FREE + travel bursaries available (£10 deposit required to be returned on completion) To reserve your place or to discuss further email email@example.com or call Kate on 07562 336409
Kingsbridge & District Caring Alliance – 28 November 10-12.30 Erme Yealm Caring Alliance – 30 November 10-12.30 – These South Hams Caring Alliance meetings are for community groups and statutory organisations who are working in the towns & villages with individuals who have health problems to create links and share ideas. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org for further information about meetings
And…..Look out for our themed ‘CVS POP UP!’ sessions coming in the NEW YEAR J
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The Citizens Advice drop in advice sessions held in Caring Town Information Exchange (CTIE) at the Mansion on Fore Street. Will be moving from Fridays to every Wednesday from October 3rd.
Teena Barrett, Advice Services Manager at Citizens Advice South Hams says, ”The service will be the same as before, open on a drop- in basis for people to come along with their problems and talk to an adviser although the hours have changed slightly and will now be 9.30am – 12.30pm.
CTIE have made us very welcome and working from the Mansion in Totnes has helped clients who live centrally and find it difficult to travel to Follaton House. The move to a Wednesday is because we have more advisers on hand to help residents with problems such as housing, debt, benefit and disability entitlement. The demand for our services has increased since the introduction of Universal Credit so we have to make sure our advisers are in the right place to help people”.
All information and advice given by Citizens Advice South Hams is free, independent, impartial and confidential. Advice is also quality assured and meets the Advice Quality Standard (AQS), all debt advice is regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority. CTIE at the Mansion also has a public access computer available.
Totnes residents can access advice from Citizens Advice South Hams, on line by visiting southhamscab.org.uk and typing their problem into the “How can we help” box, by ringing 03 444 111 444 or by dropping into their offices at Follaton House Mon – Thurs 10am – 4pm or CTIE at the Mansion Weds 9.30am-12.30pm
The latest stage in the demise of the Royal Oak is that an application has been made for a change of use to turn the remnants of the pub into three houses (Appln. no. 2873/18/FUL & see the Parish Council DOCUMENTS section on this website).
This application was extensively discussed at last evening’s Bigbury Parish Council meeting (10th October) and approved with a recommendation to provide a wider passing place for traffic in this bottleneck on the road to Bigbury-on-Sea. Anybody wishing to comment on this application will need to do so by October 19th via the SHDC planning portal.
Although the STROP (Save The Royal Oak Pub) group was always promised by the original owner (Hugh Ridgeway) that the pub would re-open on a small scale as the ‘bait in the trap’ for housing development on the car park, no condition was placed on the car park planning consent by SHDC to that effect – against the wishes of the STROP campaign. The ‘promise’ by the developers that the pub would be resurrected in a diminished form was only listed as a ‘consideration’ in the Planning Officer’s report which led to the application being granted for several houses to be built in the car park.
Time has moved on: being realistic, no rural pub could survive in that location with the inadequate parking now available.
It does not help that our application to make the pub an Asset of Community Value, when it first closed, was denied by SHDC – in the face of a professionally prepared counter-argument from the developer. There was no right of appeal. That ACV designation would have made it easier to use the building for some other community-related purpose and to argue against the current proposal for conversion to three houses.
Sadly, the STROP campaign foundered on the rock of unsympathetic bureaucracy.
Click on the link for a review of water quality in the Avon Estuary