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New director is appointed to head up Torbay Coast and Countryside

By Western Morning News  |  Posted: March 14, 2014

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Damian Offer has been appointed new director of the Torbay Coast and Countryside Trust.

Damian was formerly Head of Landscape and Open Spaces at Winchester City Council and was also a trustee of the Hampshire and Isle of Wight Wildlife Trust for eight years.

Damian brings a wealth of experience to the role and will guide

the continued development of the Trust for the benefit of people and

the natural environment in Torbay.

Nick Powe, Chair of the Board of Trustees said, “Damian is joining a dynamic independent charity, set up 14 years ago, that has created Occombe Farm, transformed Berry Head and undertaken numerous environmental improvements and community projects across Torbay.

“The Trust was instrumental in gaining UNESCO English Riviera Geopark for Torbay in 2007. It now looks after 1,750 acres (80%) of Torbay’s coast and countryside sites, runs a successful organic farming operation, supplies woodchip to commercial biomass heating plants and has attracted over £8m of external funding into the Bay from grants and charitable trusts.

“Its activities are dependent on fundraising through events such as the annual Occombe Beer Festival and a 2,600 strong membership base, as well as support from a small army of volunteers dedicated to maintaining the natural beauty of Torbay. The Trust runs educational programmes, a cookery school and a teacher training under its own Sea Green brand, focused on learning opportunities from our rich coastal and marine environment.

“Current projects include a major fundraising appeal to help regenerate Cockington Park and the development of the Geopark Cycle Route linking Cockington and Occombe Farm.”

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