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Clyst Valley Regional Park

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We need your help planning new public green space on the edge of Exeter. With a growing population, it’s important that communities can connect with nature for their health and wellbeing to explore the East Devon countryside.  Help us plan for the future to connect a growing population with wildlife-rich countryside on the doorstep:

The Clyst (“Clear Water”) Valley has natural and historic heritage of national importance: The Killerton estate has 1,218 ancient, veteran & notable trees; there are several Grade II designed parklands and the Veitch family horticultural legacy associated with them is unique; traditional orchards remain, with commercial cider production still strong at Whimple.

The Clyst Valley is on the doorstep of a rapidly growing population east of Exeter. Whilst some parts of it are well known, others are inaccessible and await discovery. So we’re creating new public, green space and we need your help with our survey.

The new green space will:

  • Link up existing rights of way and create new trails, giving people access to the countryside
  • Create new accessible, high-quality green spaces to take recreational pressure off our most precious European habitats and species
  • Strengthen the landscape through the restoration of wildlife-rich habitats such as native trees, hedges, parklands, orchards, and wetlands
  • Restore and provide access to the built heritage
  • Create new educational and visitor facilities so that people can enjoy and understand the countryside

A new 13 km multi-use Clyst Valley Trail will enable people to travel on foot, bicycle, mobility scooter and where possible, on horseback through the valley, linking to the Exe Estuary Trail and the Exe Valley Way. You can find the delivery plan for the Trail here.

The Regional Park is given special policy protection in Strategy 10 of our local plan. You can help to shape the future of the Park later this year by attending a series of workshops to produce a 25-year vision for the Regional Park and a 5-year action plan.

You can already enjoy the Clyst Valley thanks to our partners:

The National Trust at Killerton, Ashclyst Forest, Whitedown and Paradise Copse, Danes Wood and through historic properties at Broadclyst. Go here for more information

Poltimore House Trust run lots of cultural events, more information here

Visit Cranbrook Country Park which is now managed by Cranbrook Town Council