Promoting Environmental Awareness in North Devon

September 29, 2022

A vibrant mural in Barnstaple celebrates North Devon’s UNESCO world heritage site status.

World Heritage sites are designated by UNESCO for having cultural, historical,  scientific, or other forms of significance.  

The purpose of the North Devon Biosphere is to inspire a positive future by connecting people and nature and this project celebrates the iconic landmarks and references that the area is so famous for and which bring tourists to the area each and every year.  Initiated by Barnstaple Town Council and lead by a local Councillor, environmental advocate, and UN award recipient and local teacher for over 30 years, Ricky Knight.

Artist Rich Thorne aka Richt,  returned to his hometown of Barnstaple, North Devon England; to deliver this vibrant street project and educational program. 

Rich also developed a creative workshop for young people that aligned with Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to celebrate the unique ecology and outstanding beauty of the area. 

Over 200 worksheets were distributed across 6 schools which were supported by the North Devon Biosphere.

Ricky speaks of his pride in supporting the importance of art in the area.

Turnstyle Designs is a proud member of the North Devon UNESCO Biosphere.

The scheme allows businesses to show commitment toward conservation, local development, and awareness-raising for North Devon through donations. As a company, we pledge to be part of a community helping nature to thrive.

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