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Ivybridge is a bustling, friendly town set on the banks of the beautiful River Erme ideally situated as a base to visit Dartmoor and the South Hams, a designated area of outstanding natural beauty, all within easy reach.  The town is known as the 'Gateway to the Moor' and is the start/finish point of the long-distance walking path The Two Moors Way. Look north and visible high above the town is the Western Beacon and to the south, the South Devon coast with its stunning beaches, rolling green countryside and twisting Devon lanes waiting to be explored. In the heart of the town are the beautiful Longtimber Woods, Filham Park, Woodlands Park and Erme Playing Fields

The town enjoys both a magnificent natural setting and centuries of history as a mill town and a staging post on the London Road. Tumbling from the moors, the River Erme has formed the lifeblood of the town and provided power for three mills, one of which still stands today on Harford Road. You can read more about the town's history on our town heritage page. 

There are three tiers of local government with areas of responsibility in Ivybridge:-

Ivybridge is divided into 2 different wards: Ivybridge East and Ivybridge West. 

The Town Council comprises 16 elected members, 8 for each ward, who work for the town in a voluntary capacity. The person acting as Town Mayor is elected annually in May, and Town Council elections are held every four years. 

Visitors are welcome to call into both the Town Hall and into the town's Information Centre located in The Watermark nearby. The Watermark and Town Hall both have facilities that are available to hire for meetings, conferences, weddings etc.

01 November 2021

Full Council Meeting

The Watermark Monday 7:00 pm View Details
08 November 2021

Planning and Infrastructure Committee

Ivybridge Town Hall Monday 6:00 pm View Details

Latest Town News

Volunteering - Filham Park Scrub Cut

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October 2021
Collage showing the team of volunteers wearing hi-viz jackets and at work cutting the scrub

Lou and I were joined today by five volunteers,  for two of them it was their first time volunteering with the Parks team at Ivybridge Town Council. 

In just a few hours we had cleared a large area of the scrub and opened up the understory of the willow and hazel thicket running along the access track leading to Filham Park. Removing dense scrub allows light into the understory of the trees, all the trees will regrow and will benefit from being coppiced. The cut material was put back into the undergrowth as habitat piles.

On Saturday 30th October, Devon Rural Skill Trust will be running a hedge laying day along this access track, laying the hedge on the allotment side. When laying a hedge the process creates a lot of arising, another reason to cut back the scrub we did today is to create space to lay these brash arising into.

We have a couple of Wildflower meadow creation days next week, on Tuesday at MacAndrews Field and Thursday at Filham Park. These tasks are open to all ages. If you’d like to talk about today’s task, or getting involved with future tasks, then please don’t hesitate to contact me at andrewprice@ivybridge.gov.uk

Volunteering - Holman Way Meadow Maintenance

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October 2021
Collage showing volunteers at work in the meadow

After a week’s break we resumed our autumn volunteer programme with meadow maintenance at Holman Way. This small site, until two years ago, had been cut on a regular basis and been kept as short mown grass. Just before the first lockdown Lou and I planted approx. a dozen small trees, known as whips. Last Thursday we returned to the site to see how these trees are doing. With the help of three volunteers, we checked all the trees, replaced any missing tree guards and installed better ones for the larger trees. The long grass was removed from around the base of each tree, 50 wild native daffodil bulbs were planted, plus we cut back the shrubs that have started to spread into the meadow. We cut most of the long grass and installed a new metal perch bench. The plan will be to return in a month to cut the rest of the meadow and carry out some wildflower seeding and seed bombs.

Next week is half term and we plan to rotovate areas at MacAndrews field and Filham Park. These areas will need to be raked off so then we can seed with more wildflowers.

If you’d like to join in either and/or both tasks next week and need more information, then please don’t hesitate to contact me.

Andrew Price, Park Ranger andrewprice@ivybridge.gov.uk