Environment Statement

Appledore & Instow Villages share a very unique surrounding beautiful environment which has been recognised and registered as a 'UNESCO Biosphere Reserve' that is centered on the six square miles of ecologically rich beach and dunes that make up Braunton Burrows (the 'core'), and has the Taw-Torridge estuary itself a 'Site of special Scientific Interest' (Natural England, SSSI ) as its ‘buffer zone’. The Reserve extends up the Taw and Torridge watersheds as far as Exmoor in the north and Dartmoor in the south, involving the towns and villages in between (the ‘transitional zone’).

Appledore Village itself also has a designated Conservation Protection Area which was initially designated in 1971 and split into two areas:
Area 1 - centred around The Quay & included a narrow streets running inland.
Area 2 - centred on Irsha Street a lineal conservation area following both sides of the road which in turn follow the shore line of the estuary.

These areas were amalgamated in 1984 as shown in plan on the right, by the inclusion of an area of land centred around St Mary's Church. A further designation at this time 
included the largely 19th century housing in New Quay Street and New Street.

There is little of architectural character in the individual buildings in Appledore reflected by an almost distinct lack of Statutorily Listed Buildings.

However Appledore is not without its own interest, particularly its historic setting, narrow streets and a continuing tradition and heritage with shipbuilding. 

Equally, Instow with its beautiful stretch of sandy beach, has a long list of English Heritage listed buildings and also sites in a designated conservation area uniquely spanning the whole village. The Conservation Designation on the left is the pre-1974 Plan which has remained largely as is to this day.

The Residents of Appledore & Instow and the Regatta Committee are very proud of our heritage both man made and natural. So when planning the annual Regatta specific  consideration is given to the impact events have on the local environment, which are mostly held on the Torridge River, between Appledore & Instow.

Whilst many of the events have a negligible impact on the environment the Regatta Committee are actively engaged in ensuring, that were practicably, measures are taken to minimise if not mitigate the impact the Regatta has on the Environment.

To this end there are plenty of bins along both Appledore Quay and Marine Parade Instow and all visitors are encourage to take their rubbish home if they are unable to locate a bin. The Regatta Committee dispose of all recyclable and non-recyclable materials  generated responsibly as a result of the Regatta in concert with the local authority.

The Environmental Heritage is their for all of us to enjoy and maintain for future generations to come.

Peter Reveley
Regatta Secretary