What is the Bioregional Learning Centre…?

The Bioregional Learning Centre (BLC) works in South Devon in an area bounded not by political boundaries but by water. To the west the River Tamar that divides Devon from Cornwall. To the east the River Teign, to the south the sea and to the north the headwaters of our five main rivers that rise on Dartmoor and flow south. This geographical area is 40-50 miles in any direction and can be crossed in a car in roughly two hours. It contains some of the greatest human deprivation in England as well as some of the most beautiful countryside.

BLC has been set up as a Community Interest Company (CIC) to be a backbone organisation serving the sustainable and resilient future of this area. Our work lies in bringing statutory bodies, NGOs, individuals and communities together to address whole-systems change towards a flourishing bioregion. That means finding practical ways to work collaboratively towards long-term economic and ecological resilience.

All our projects are delivered with partners

We see again and again that the art of good collaborative working is essential, and hold it as an ongoing enquiry. We seek to lead not through stepping out in front but rather by working alongside others, catalysing and supporting initiatives that lead to stronger communities and more resilient places. We believe that resilience is founded on the connections between all of us and the living systems that we depend on. We recognise the difficulty of addressing resilience in a culture that has for so long embodied a compartmentalised approach to governance, business and living. The alarming degeneration of our ecosystems and communities demonstrates the negative consequences of this approach.

Our Vision

A flourishing, resilient, bioregion where we are inspired to find purpose, and where we care for the ecology, economy and culture of this place we call home.


Our Mission

To grow a learning network reflective of this region’s uniqueness through which we collaborate, co-create and tackle real world problems.


Our Purpose

We believe that by working together in practical and imaginative ways, citizens of South Devon can more effectively look after their natural assets, regenerate regional systems for food, water, energy and waste and enjoy life.


Water, food and energy meet our fundamental needs. How many of our basic needs can be met within our natural bioregion? Exploration and mapping of South Devon’s “sheds” is one way to find out.