River Cottage in new countryside partnership

PUBLISHED: 06:59 02 April 2015

TV stars at River Cottage

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Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall's Axminster team joins forces with East Devon District Council

TV chef Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall’s Axminster-based River Cottage is linking up with the district council’s countryside team to promote the area.

A partnership has been cemented following a series of meetings at River Cottage’s HQ, at Park Farm, and the Seaton Wetlands.

Both teams are keen to inspire visitors about East Devon’s natural environment by working together on each other’s sites. Initial discussions have led to agreement to the following joint working:

● EDDC’s countryside team to attend River Cottage’s food fair on May 23 and 24 as one of their exhibitors and to promote East Devon’s amazing wildlife

● EDDC’s countryside rangers to provide practical management events such as hedge laying, and outdoor skills at Park Farm as part of their offer to corporate clients

● To develop Trinity Hill Local Nature Reserve, next to Park Farm, as another venue for team building days for River Cottage bespoke clients.

EDDC councillor Iain Chubb, who brought the two teams together, said: “This is exactly the sort of partnership we want to encourage as River Cottage brings in visitors from all over the world and so shines a light on our amazing natural environment. This partnership will go a long way to helping each other bring in more visitors to the area and so boost our local economy.”

Simon Dodd, head of operations for River Cottage said: “A big part of our message is sustainability and the ultimate motivation for that is to protect and promote the health of the land and the natural environment. I can think of no better way to link the message and the motivation than working with the countryside team.”

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