About us

The Bioregional Learning Centre

Based in South Devon, we are a Community Interest Company (CIC) founded in 2017. Our small team has a big commitment to foregrounding civil society and to whole-region revitalization. In the face of climate change, our work lies in bringing statutory bodies, NGOs, individuals and communities together to find practical ways to work collaboratively towards long-term economic and ecological resilience. We name the suite of innovative practices we are developing as ‘Bioregioning’.

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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.
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Our Mission

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

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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.

South Devon Learning Journey

What would make this place more resilient, who’s making change happen?
What might a joined-up climate resilience strategy for South Devon look like?
Our Bioregional Learning Journey for Climate Resilience is a great way to find out first-hand.

Our home

The South Devon bioregion is an area bounded not by political boundaries but by water. To the west is 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 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.

The South West from William Smith’s (giant) first geological map of England, Wales and parts of Scotland, 1815.

The South Devon bioregion (as we have defined it) is 712.18 sq miles, or 1844.53 sq km.

Parish boundaries are often inherited from land holdings that date back to the middle Saxon period or earlier. They have proved useful for dating features in the landscape, but they don’t appear on 1:50 OS maps. How relevant are they to our lives today?

We work in and at the intersection of economy, ecology, learning, arts and culture and the gaps in between.

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