Westden/TaVi merger goes ahead…

After a year of consultation and planning, the members of Westden have voted in favour for a merger with the Tavistock & Villages (TaVi) Development Forum. This is an exciting move forward and will go a long way to securing the future sustainability of Westden.

The new organisation will be called TaVi Network which brings together the “TaVi” from Tavistock & Villages (TaVi) Development Forum and the “Network” from West Devon Environmental Network (Westden).

The new aims and values are:

  • To support and promote sustainable economic, environmental and social development in the Tavistock & Villages (TaVi) Community.
  • To work in an atmosphere of partnership, co-operation and consultation with individuals and the public, private, third and voluntary sector organisations with similar aims and objectives.
  • To be inclusive, independent and community-led.

Move information will follow about this important news. One of the key changes is that the address if moving to:

c/o Tavistock Taskforce, Pixon Lane Trading Estate, Tavistock, Devon PL19 8DH.

The telephone number is changing to. Watch this space.


Incredibly Edible Chagford

Westden won’t be at the Big Lunch!!

I am disappointed to say that I will not be at the Big Lunch this Sunday. That doesn’t mean it can’t go ahead and so if you are intending on coming, please knock on your neighbours’ doors and rallying them up. I will be looking to do one later in the summer. Let me know any weekends that suit you…


Marcin Jakubowski: Open-sourced blueprints for civilization

Using wikis and digital fabrication tools, TED Fellow Marcin Jakubowski is open-sourcing the blueprints for 50 farm machines, allowing anyone to build their own tractor or harvester from scratch. And that’s only the first step in a project to write an instruction set for an entire self-sustaining village (starting cost: $10,000).

To watch the TED short click here.

Big Lunch 2011, save the date: Sunday 5 June

Save the date for this year’s Big Lunch:

Sunday 5 June

Westden’s event will likely see a return to the Bannawell Street Park….more info to follow nearer the time.

Buckland Food Growers press release

Community project grows roots at the Abbey

Buckland Food Growers Ltd (B.F.G.), based at the National Trust’s Buckland Abbey, near Yelverton, have been working hard to set the roots of their project since beginning work on it last spring. Now with just under a hectare of land which has been on lease from the National Trust since January, the growing and rearing of produce is underway in earnest.

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GrowTavi will visit the BFG at Buckland Abbey

The next GrowTavi will be on Tuesday 5th April 2011 at 2pm.

The venue will be Buckland Abbey.

Guestspeakers will include organic specialist Tom Petherick.

There will also be a chance to tour the new work that the Buckland Food Group are doing with the National Trust….veg, pigs, fruit….(cider, we hope!!)

For more information and to get on the mailing list contact Max at contact@westden.org.uk or 01822 618 715.