Environment and Landscape

Listed below are the main sections and some additional relevant websites which we hope will help you get to the right place quicker. You can also visit the topic homepage at Environment which has additional news and features.

  • country parks

      Devon County Council owns and manages two Country Parks; at Stover near Newton Abbot and the Grand Western Canal near Tiverton

    • Devon Hedge Group

        Devon’s hedges are of great historical importance, define the county’s beautiful farmed landscapes, and support an immense amount of wildlife. The Devon Hedge Group helps people to appreciate and understand this

      • energy – climate change

          Climate change is not just a global issue that will affect future generations in other parts of the world – it is happening now, and some of its effects can already be felt in Devon

        • environmental data

            Devon County Council collates and manages a range of environmental data and combines this with data from a number of external sources to provide a comprehensive understanding of environmental quality and performance across Devon

          • environmental maps

              These maps give access to spatial (geographic) data for Devon on a wide range of topics, including ecology, geology, flood risk, historic environment, landscapes, planning and public access

            • environmental policy

                Devon County Council's policy for reducing the impacts of its operations on the environment

              • estuaries

                  Devon has many valuable and beautiful estuaries

                • Explore Devon

                    Inspiration for exploring Devon’s green spaces – from a gentle woodland stroll to an invigorating bike ride, or finding the best bird-watching spot to discovering our ancient geology

                  • flood risk management

                      We are the Lead Local Flood Authority (LLFA) as defined by the Flood and Water Management Act, 2010

                    • geodiversity

                        Devon has a varied and ancient geology and as you travel around the County this variety is cleary reflected in the diverse landscape

                      • grand western canal

                          The Grand Western Canal Country Park and Local Nature Reserve meanders through beautiful mid-Devon countryside

                        • green infrastructure

                            Green infrastructure is a term used to describe the network of natural spaces and corridors in a given area

                          • historic environment

                              Devon is widely celebrated for the great beauty and diversity of its landscapes, for its numerous historic settlements, ancient buildings and archaeological sites

                            • land charges

                                We are responsible for providing information in connection with local land charge searches and the information provided answers questions on highways maintainable at public expense, road schemes and proposed traffic schemes

                              • landscape (planning)

                                  Conserving, enhancing and guiding change within one of Devon's most valuable assets

                                • landscape designations

                                    Devon has an outstanding natural environment with a range of nationally protected landscapes and internationally important UNESCO designated sites

                                  • public rights of way

                                      Maintaining and using the network of footpaths, bridleways and byways across the county

                                    • recycling

                                        What you can recycle and where you can do it

                                      • Tarka Trail

                                          Over 30 miles of the Tarka Trail is available to cyclists between Braunton and Meeth, using the old railways of North Devon

                                        • waste

                                            Plans for reducing and disposing of all our waste

                                          • wildlife

                                              Devon supports an outstandingly rich and varied range of habitats and species. This wildlife resource is one of the features which makes Devon special