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Food, Land and Sea

Please note the below information is not the final Devon Carbon Plan, but formed part of initial engagement about what should be in the Plan:

Need a Devon Landuse Framework to bring key partners together and understand impact.

Increase education and knowledge transfer so people are informed at all levels.

Establish a carbon offsetting scheme to incentivise and fund carbon sequestration.

Improve the local timber markets.

Lobby for national clarification on farming subsidies & how this aligns with net-zero targets.

Support local food supply chains.



Laura Cardenas

Gill Westcott

Suzanne Goodfellow


Adam Lockyear

Paul Cottington, NFU Environmental Advisor

Chris Gregory, MVO, BSc, FRICS

Mark Prior, Area Director, Forestry Commission

Peter Burgess, Devon Wildlife Trust

Sarah Jennings

David Fursdon

Mary Quicke

Martyn Bragg

Dr Laurence Couldrick, Westcountry Rivers Trust

David Rickwood , Woodland Trust

Key Points Summary

Key Outcomes

  • We need a Devon Land Use Framework a strategic plan to assess and bring regional coherence to implications of land use choices, helping to resolve conflicts of land use, bringing key partners together.
  • We need greater education and knowledge transfer so that people are informed at all levels.
  • We need to establish carbon offsetting verification mechanisms for Devon, to incentivise and fund carbon sequestration – Devon Carbon investment platform.
  • Processing and markets for local timber need to be enhanced.
  • Local food supply chains need greater support in the form of provision of distribution and retail hubs and public procurement.
  • Tools -We need to know what ours baselines are and what tools we should be using. We need to be able to have comparable data and methods for quantification.
  • Lobby for national clarification of farming subsidies and alignment of subsidies and national legislation with need to achieve net zero carbon and nature recovery.

Key Actions

Establish a Devon Land Use Framework

Funding the Shift

Reduce Emissions from Livestock

Halt Soil degradation and repair degraded soils

Mitigate pests and diseases key to adaptation

Increase number of small labour-intensive farm enterprises

Tree planting

Restore and protect degraded peatlands and wetlands

Ignite and foster public mind-shift & cultural change

Enhance local supply chains & shift consumption patterns

Download a PDF summary of the key outcomes here.

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