The brilliant Jess Liebig has been busy organising a wildflower garden, with Lee from Libraries Unlimited, our community builder Ebbie and a fantastic bunch of volunteers from Wild Pinhoe. There’s space for scouts and guides to do some planting now the borders have been dug out and you’ll never spot the hedgehog box from Robin Hoad because it’s been so well camouflaged! Look out for plants being grown on by The Little House which are destined to flourish here #LovePinhoe
With magnificent views across the estuary and out to sea, fields at the top of Pinhoe have always been a valuable vantage point.
In 1001, a priest from Monkerton famously came to the rescue of local defences against the Saxons, bringing fresh withies for their arrows on the back of his donkey. He saved the day and became immortalised on local school badges.
When the Spanish armada was threatening our coastline, Beacon Field was part of the vital network of Armada beacons alerting local sea defences.
Now we have a very 21st century battle to save these historic fields. Reaching across from Cheynegate to Park Lane, these green lungs of Pinhoe are facing further development which runs riot with our sense of history, restricts local access to open spaces, decimates our green lanes and will dominate the skyline itself.
There is new science and new evidence to show how important these spaces are to all our wellbeing. A hyper-local approach to neighbourhoods is finally being recognised as a vital direction for future planning, where local distinctiveness and character are valuable assets which benefit from community engagement and ownership.
The tide is beginning to turn.
Beautiful Higher Field at the top of the village is not only a hub for local wildlife and biodiversity, it is an important connection point as a wildlife corridor. The Pinhoe Ridgeline connects us to the woodland skyline which is one of Exeter’s most beautiful features. Please sign our petition for NEW THINKING and formal protection. The petition is open to ANYONE IN EXETER who cares about trees, wildlife, Exeter’s skyline and our sense of connection to the natural environment.
Do you have an hour a week to monitor traffic outside your house? Maybe you know of a traffic crunch point you’d like to nominate for monitoring?
We’re looking for volunteers to count motor vehicles, site traffic and cyclists. We’ll provide count sheets and clickers! Get in touch to join the citizen science team!
Contact Kate: firstname.lastname@example.org
Whether it’s the Little House at the top of Station Road, or regular Wednesday delivery of afternoon teas, Pinhoe Community Support continues to showcase the brilliant work of our caring community. If you know someone who needs a bit of help, please contact the COMMUNITY HELPLINE: 07387 614896