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31.10.13 - High Nature Yurt Camp Closes for Winter

The Yurt Camp officially closed today. All the yurts have now been packed down and stored away safely for winter. It was a fantastic first year, with over 50 happy families enjoying their stay with us here at the Centre (the weather of course played an integral role). We would like to thank all those who helped us to get the camp on it's feet. We feel very lucky to have such supportive friends and family. Looking forward to next year!



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01.02.13 - High Nature Offers Discounts to Early Bird Yurt Campers

For those who love camping (but not the unpredictable UK weather), the High Nature Centre is the ideal option for those looking for an outdoor rural escape. All the fun and wildness of camping in the outdoors, but with added luxuries like comfortable beds, wood burning stoves, and all weather activities. Those smart enough to book before April will recieve a generous 15% off! Book before May and recieve 10% off. Hurry, this is subject to availability and the yurts are filling fast!



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03.10.12 - High Nature Centre granted 10 years temporary permission.

On October 3rd South Hams District Council Planning Committee made their decision on whether Wayfield Nurseries could officially be transformed into the proposed High Nature Centre. The Committee voted 14 to 5 in favour of developing the Centre on a 10 year temporary permission basis. The High Nature creators are very happy with the result and would like to thank the 14 Councillors for giving them opportunity to bring their vision of High Nature to life. They plan to spend a short time celebrating and getting some much needed rest in prepartion for the hard work ahead.



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05.09.12 - High Nature Hire Yurt to Little Dartmouth Farm.

High Nature was asked to provide a yurt for an event at Little Dartmouth Farm last week. The 200 people festival was a private event which lasted for four days. The yurt was used as an outdoor lounge / tuck shop space in conjuction with a Marquee supplied by friends of High Nature 'The Indian Marquee Company'. High Nature would like to thank the owners of Little Dartmouth Farm for providing the platform on which to launch our High Nature yurt hire business. We would also like to thank all those invovled in the event for their hard work and professionalism. We look forward to working with you all again soon.



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21.08.12 - Announcement: Guernsey Milking Goats arriving soon! (Delayed till Spring 2014)

High Nature is soon to welcome two new members to the Centre. Two Guernsey Milking Goats (Mother and Daughter) are due to arrive to High Nature this Autumn. The Goats are to be co-owned and co-managed by two local families, with a third family on call for emergency care. The inital aim is provide the families with daily milk and to experiement with making goats cheese. The goats will also be integrated into the land management plan. If you are local to the Centre and would like to get involved in caring for the goats or poultry in exchange for learning or produce please contact High Nature.



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27.06.12 - AONB Responds 'No Objection' to High Nature Planning Application

An official consultation response has now been made by The South Devon Area Of Outstanding Natural Beauty Manager Robin TooGood. He responded 'No objection, subject to resolution of various queries, and recommended conditions if planning is approved'. The High Nature team are delighted with this response and would like to thank Robin for taking the time to understand the genuine intentions of the the applicants and the project as a whole. High Nature looks forward to collaborating with the AONB in the future.



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23.06.12 - Two New Members Arrive to High Nature

On the morning of the 23rd of June, local children Niall & Diori opened one of the bird houses to discover two baby runner ducks, freshly hatched and looking happy and healthy. The eggs were hatch by one of the bantam hens who is a natural nurturer. High Nature now proudly cares for 5 ducks in total.



18.06.12 - BTEC Art Students Visit High Nature

A group of BTEC Art Students from King Edward VI Community College (KEVICC) visited The High Nature Centre on Tuesday June 18th to kick start a new Environmental Art Project. The students, along with their tutor Ben Moon, spent 2 hours exploring the coast gathering inspiration and documenting colours and materials for the project. Inspired both by the landscape and artists like Andy Goldsworthy, the aim is to launch an annual 'Envrionmental Art Trail' where students can display their work within the landscape which inspired them. The High Nature Centre will be hosting the event, and local artists are being invited to work with the students whilst they develop their work.



25.05.12 - The High Nature Centre - Planning Application

We are currently in the process of applying for permission to allow for additional educational and rural business activities, and yurt camping facilities for visitors.

East Portlemouth Parish Council recommended 5 year temporary permission with the monitoring of noise and flooding. The Council also recommended it go to the District Council Planning Committee.

Due to a slight error made by SHDC, the decision on our application has now been pushed forward to September 5th.



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21.5.12 - The South Hams Society supports our application to develop the Centre.

The Society e-mailed SHDC as follows on 21/5/12: The South Hams Society supports this proposal for the reasons below. There is a great and increasing need in our urbanised society for young people to have opportunities to learn and practise rural crafts and study natural history. The High Nature Centre is to provide such opportunities. It is particularly important to successful operation that these opportunities should be provided in a form and style which young people find attractive. Again the form of the Centre provides an environment appreciated by the young for its ambience and low cost.
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