Friends of the Byes: ten years on

“a mission to establish an exciting environmental education project to enhance the Byes”

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The Byes Environmental Education project was set up some ten years ago:

2011 Friends of the Byes – Vision Group for Sidmouth

Sidmouth residents asked to dig in for £44k Byes project | Sidmouth Herald

News – Launch of The Byes Project

Futures Forum: Sid Meadow in June 2013… and July 2012

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It then became the Friends of the Byes – to look after the initial project and to take it forward into greater things:

Futures Forum: Friends of the Byes

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With a really excellent online presence:

Friends of The Byes / Sidmouth BEE Project – Home | Facebook

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So begins a piece in the Herald, looking at the start and history of the group:

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Sidmouth biodiversity project celebrates its 10th anniversary

Ten years ago, a group of environmentally-minded volunteers, led by Michael Horsnell, set out on a mission to establish an exciting environmental education project to enhance the Byes area in Sidmouth.

After securing a £50,000 lottery grant at the beginning of 2010, the group formed the Byes Environmental Education Project (BEE Project).

The group, now known as the Friends of The Byes (FoTB), aims to bring biodiversity to this large piece of parkland, by working together with councils, the landowner National Trust and other groups in the Sid Valley.

The area has seen many changes over the years, with the planting of a Community Orchard and many native hedges, several copses and specimen trees. Wildflower areas have also been established in Sid Meadow…

The Byes project celebrates ten years | Sidmouth Herald.

   
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