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09 August 2021

Full Council Meeting

The Watermark Monday 7:00 pm View Details
16 August 2021

Planning and Infrastructure Committee

Ivybridge Town Hall Monday 6:00 pm View Details

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.

Latest Town News

Volunteering - Victoria Park meadow cut

22

July 2021
Photo of the nature area with the volunteers

For wildflower meadows to work well, the grass needs to be cut once a year. This works best after the grass has gone to seed and the flowers have finished and dropped their seeds, but before the grass has started to wilt later in the year. Cutting and removing as much of the grass as possible means we can stop most of the nutrients from returning to the soil as wildflowers grow best in nutrient poor ground.

Last week Lou and I were joined by 3 volunteers who helped cut, rake and remove the grass in two thirds of the nature area wildflower meadow. We have left some grass as cover for insects, and where plants are still in flower. We will return in a month to 6 weeks’ time to cut the rest. The volunteers also cut back the hedge, reducing it in height, making it easier to see into the nature area. Luckily the shade kept us all cool during a very hot day. 

Many thanks to Pat, Clare and Mark for all their help.

Anyone wishing to get involved in similar tasks, then please email me on andrewprice@ivybridge.gov.uk

Volunteering - Filham Park sign and gate installation

15

July 2021
Collage of photos showing Ranger team with the new sign for Lesley's Wood and the new gate

On a very hot, dry day at Filham Park, Lou and I were joined by 3 volunteers to install a lovely oak sign, produced by Marc from Wild-Works (www.wild-work.co.uk). The sign was produced from locally sourced hardwood. Lesley Hughes, Ivybridge Town Council’s recently retired Town Clerk, organised the planting of the trees 20 years ago, the wood has now been named ‘Lesley’s Wood’. You can read more about the woods by clicking here

We also removed the broken bridleway gate on the access track from Filham House into the park, with a new self-closing gate. The old one had been vandalised and was unfortunately beyond repair. Devon Public Rights of Way kindly supplied the replacement gate.

If you would like to get involved locally, then please email me at andrewprice@ivybridge.gov.uk.