Devon is Heaven (for home-educators and tourists!)

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(from our Planet Action Workshop: June - 'Wild For Wildlife')

Jess: Devon is Heaven! As a child it captured my imagination, growing up in the South Hams, minutes from the sea, just a few miles from the moors. With access to beautiful hills, stunning scenery, rural havens and huge diversity of landscape it was just the best place to grow up!

For hours I stared at the clouds, made up stories about the things I could see on the opposite valley, went on mini-adventures with fellow muddy-faced children and felt the fresh Devon air in my lungs. It wasn’t always so rosy, but it was certainly the best place to start. Having moved up country; studied in the far reaches of Scotland, explored exotic lands and habitats, now that I have my own children I have returned to the very heart of the South West (Mid-Devon) and it is becoming much harder to leave the county - we have it all here!

With the natural world under threat, what a brilliant place to understand about natural value and ecology and what we can do to protect this wonderful Earth of ours. ‘Planet & People’ is passionate about inspiring kids to LOVE the Earth - read more about us when you have a mo! We have started our workshops for the Home Ed Community and have already learned a whole lot together.

There is so much to do and see here, I thought I would note down a few things that might help those who are home-educating - what a wonderful place to learn and enjoy!


People to learn with:

Countryside Classroom - Learning resources on rural themes

LEAF Education - Linking Environment and Farming

British Wool - Learning about wool

NFU Education - Learning about farming

Sciencedipity - Practical science workshops

Earthwatch Education - Planet conscious teaching resources

Food a Fact of Life - Learning where food comes from

Wildlife Trust Devon - Exploring nature at home

National Marine Aquarium - Resources for learning at home

Places to go:

The Bear Trail - Assault course

Escott - Wildlife centre

Quince Honey Farm - Bee themed attraction

Of course there are LOADS of stunning natural beauty spots which present LOADS MORE opportunities for learning. The Westcountry has it all! Why not explore the moors, the hills, the footpaths, the coast, the rivers, the woodlands. Have a look at what’s around you, lift stones, follow trails, explore!

Other people we like:

Riverford Farm Shop - Organic veg boxes, eco-intelligence and amazing food

The Dartmoor Soap Company - Ethical and beautiful soaps made locally

Liznojan bookshop - Tiverton’s independent for books and coffee

Exe Valley Farm Shop - Local farm shop and café


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