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Kate Humble on Radford Quarry – What a relief, and great news for wildlife!

April 10, 2014 | By | 3 Replies More
Kate Humble on Radford Quarry – What a relief, and great news for wildlife!

Friend of hooelake.org Kate Humble has had a fairly frantic start to the year with two – almost back-to-back filming trips in Australia and lots of tearing up and down to Scotland for Lambing Live in between. Kate, who is familiar with the area, kindly took the time out to offer a few words and comments …

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Plan for bugs to flourish in Radford Park

April 9, 2014 | By | 2 Replies More
Plan for bugs to flourish in Radford Park

Buglife, who have their southwest office in Plymouth are working with Plymouth City Council on plans to re-create an area of wild flower meadow in Radford Park, above Radford Quarry. A massive 3,000,000 hectares of flower-rich grassland have been lost in the UK since World War Two – these flower-rich areas were vital habitats for […]

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Radford Quarry Housing Plans – Wain Homes

April 6, 2013 | By | 5 Replies More
Radford Quarry Housing Plans – Wain Homes

Just to recap on the latest: Plymouth City Council unanimously rejected the original planning application last year. Wainhomes appealed and we are now in the process of a public inquiry. The decision being made by the government inspectorate. Plymouth City Council have been vigorously defending their original decision. The appeal is now in recess and will […]

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Radford & Hooe Lake Brochure

April 5, 2013 | By | 5 Replies More
Radford & Hooe Lake Brochure

We have put together a Discovery brochure/poster for Radford Park & Hooe Lake, that cover a little of the history and the wildlife of the area, and highlights the reasons for keeping it in it’s natural state. To Raise awareness and help prevent this area from further building development please download the brochure, print it […]

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A Little Stonecrete history and the F.J.Moore Quarries Plymouth

April 2, 2013 | By | 7 Replies More
A Little Stonecrete history and the F.J.Moore Quarries Plymouth

These are extracts from a book by Alec Wood who worked for F.J.Moore’s Stoncrete works at Pomphlett. He has written a number of books of his interesting life, his employment and times at Stonecrete, he worked for them prior to World War II as a trainee mould-maker and was later re-employed by them after the […]

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The Eastern Hulks of Hooe Lake, Plymouth

November 8, 2011 | By | 6 Replies More
The Eastern Hulks of Hooe Lake, Plymouth

The remains of hulks, or abandoned watercraft, located along the river edge and the intertidal zone are an important component of our maritime past. Often they represent the only remains of types of boats that are no longer afloat or very rare. In this article we look at those at the eastern end of the Lake

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Hooe Lake Hulks, Paintings by Richard Allman

July 25, 2011 | By | 1 Reply More
Hooe Lake Hulks, Paintings by Richard Allman

Another fine example of how the area of Hooe Lake captivates & inspires! Local artist Richard Allman has been painting the Hooe Lake wrecks for a number of years, and as they  are such a prominent feature we couldn’t help but highlight them here. Richard writes – Over the last 15 years or so I’ve […]

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Mute Swans and their six Cygnets on Hooe Lake

July 22, 2011 | By | 4 Replies More
Mute Swans and their six Cygnets on Hooe Lake

Radford Duck Ponds welcomed 6 new cygnets that hatched sometime between Friday night and Saturday the 7th of May 2011.  They are pictured here newly hatched and then at approximately 6 weeks old.     The name ‘mute’ derives from it being less vocal than other swan species. It is recognisable by its pronounced knob […]

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The Radford Story – My Childhood Days at Radford by Colin Stephenson

March 28, 2011 | By | 10 Replies More
The Radford Story – My Childhood Days at Radford by Colin Stephenson

These are the memoirs of Colin Stephenson and his sister Sheila Coaker who were brought up living in Radford Castle. Colin was seventy seven when he wrote these words, he has now sadly passed on.

My earliest memories of Radford Castle are taken from the time when my parents moved in as Tenants and Gatekeeper in 1931 when I was about eighteen months ‘ old, along with my ten year old half- sister Edna and half-brother Roy aged twelve. Their mother had died at the age of thirty two and my father was a widower when he married my mother.

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Do Buzzards Eat Chickens?

March 2, 2011 | By | 2 Replies More
Do Buzzards Eat Chickens?

Following on from the sad post about the Buzzard and a trip to Plymouth Museum here are the photo’s of the Buzzard that came swooping around us and the garden.  The Buzzard stayed around for a good 10-15 minutes just looking at us and the chickens!  I don’t know if it too was hungry or […]

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