Greener Ugborough Parish

Greener Ugborough Parish is a new sustainability group to collate ideas and encourage and support action towards making the wider community of Ugborough, Bittaford and the smaller hamlets in the Parish more sustainable. 

See here for information on lowering your carbon footprint.


These are some of the current projects:

Waste and Recycling

Ugborough now has collection points for three hard-to-recycle waste streams:


Crisp packets (any brand) – collect these at home in a bag like the pic and then drop them in the monster wheelie bin located inside the corner gate at Hillhead Farm. You can drop off small amounts at USS, or if you’ve children at the school they have a collection box in the dining hall which children can also use.


Writing instruments (any brand or pen part) – drop your dried-up pens in the collection box at USS or via the school if you have children that attend. 

Crisp packets and pens are being recycled via Ellie’s Fund – a charity for Brain Tumour research - click here for details.


Brain tumours kill more children and people under 40 than any other cancer, yet receive only 1% of cancer research funding each year. Through this charity, business sponsors pay for various specific waste streams and this money is donated to research into brain tumours via BTRS and a UK based laboratory, in memory of 14 year old Ellie, who sadly died of a Brain Tumour in 2010. These posters show what can be accepted. 


Plastic flower pots – clean and drop your surplus pots in the round black bin outside the village hall during We will deliver these to Otter Nurseries for recycling, combing delivery with other journeys in that direction.

Events coming up: Come back for updated details soon

Sarah Allen – ‘The Rubbish Talk - A Journey Towards Zero Waste Living’.      DATE: TBC

Mother, teacher and writer Sarah Allen shares how she has reduced her household waste to one wheelie bin every 6 months (for a family of 4). Sarah will give an honest insight in to how she has achieved this, likely obstacles and helpful tips for anyone looking to reduce their environmental impact even a little.


Jane Ford - Plymouth Energy from Waste facility  DATE  TBC

Tree Planting

This November we are tree planting – initially

working in partnership with Ugborough

Primary School Key Stage 1 children on

21st November. Many thanks to

Ashley Todd and The Woodland Trust.

Trees are carbon sinks, absorbing the pollutants we emit and cleaning our air, filtering our water, preventing soil erosion and flooding, harbouring wildlife and housing complex ecosystems, supplying us with medicine and providing jobs to over 1.6 billion people worldwide. They really are the superheroes of the planet. Here, only 9% of South Hams is woodland, whilst the highest proportion in similar areas according to Friends of the Earth is 27%.  We are keen to plant beyond the school site, so please get in touch if you know of suitable space for this constructive initiative. 


We recently got stuck in to removing Himalayan Balsam, an invasive weed species that smothers native plants and has started to make itself at home in local hedgerows.  It’s likely this will need to be an annual activity to keep it at bay – so please let us know if you spot any in to next year.

Useful Links

Sustainable South Brent is well established (having launched some 12 years ago). Their website is worth scouring for the variety of inspiring projects they have implemented. Also worth looking at their ‘Zero-Carbon Working Group’ arm – launched recently in response to the Environment and Climate Emergency that Devon County Council, South Hams District Council (and most recently South Brent Parish Council) have declared.

The Transition Town movement involves using locally centred approaches to address challenges that communities might face. In starting local the idea is that communities can become stronger and more caring, more skilled and innovative and find ways to thrive together that can have a positively impact more widely. Ivybridge and Totnes are both Transition Towns.

This umbrella organisation was recently flagged up with me as one that is successfully encouraging sustainable living and supporting this in practical terms both in Wedmore and surrounding villages. 


Friends of the Earth – interesting statistics on how the UK district-by-district is dealing with the Climate Emergency. Looking at where South Hams is at might help us target the most impactful initiatives for here:



About re-wilding: ~

Moor Meadows – a local (near Buckfast) community initiative to restore, conserve and create flower-rich grasslands regionally.

Knep is a pioneering re-wilding project in Sussex.


Near Ivybridge




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