Tag Archives : Britain’s Ocean City


National report supports Plymouth’s Marine Park ambitions

Plymouth Sound National Marine Park gets a mention in the new national Landscapes review by Julian Glover. The Landscapes Review looks at National Parks and Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty, in this the 70th anniversary year of National Parks in the UK. The report states: “We heard the case for a Plymouth Sound National Marine […]


Topper Dinghy Race brings £50,000 boost to Plymouth economy

Round One of the Topper National Series held over the weekend (Saturday 14 and Sunday 15 September) at the Mount Batten Watersports and Activities Centre, has, on initial estimation contributed over £50,000 into the local visitor destination economy. The single-handed dinghy event (the first of a series held around the UK) was hosted by Plymouth Youth Sailing with additional […]


Britain’s Ocean City gives Greta an epic send off

Plymouth’s reputation as a departure point for historic voyages was cemented today with an epic send off for climate change activist Greta Thunberg. The world’s best known climate change campaigner set sail from Mayflower Marina in Plymouth, Britain’s Ocean City, for her historic – and gruelling trip – across the Atlantic on board the zero-carbon […]


Families encouraged to get involved in free Sea In The Park events

We are bringing the sea to Plymouth parks over August with our partners Blue Marine Foundation and Marine Biological Association (MBA). Sea in the Park is an initiative to support Britain’s Ocean City becoming the UK’s first National Marine Park. The team will be visiting green spaces and play areas with events to help children explore the natural wonders […]


Partners launch new Plastics Code of Conduct

A new code of conduct to help businesses, community organisations and individuals cut down on single use plastics has been launched by partners in Plymouth. The Plan for Plastics Code of Conduct was launched jointly by members of the Plymouth, Britain’s Ocean City Plastics Taskforce and Devon and Plymouth Chamber of Commerce at the Chamber’s […]


Plymouth’s lifejacket scheme goes national

Plymouth’s trail blazing lifejacket scheme is to be rolled out across the country. Fishing crews based in Plymouth were all offered free E250 lifejackets with personal locator beacons, thanks to an innovative project set up by Plymouth City Council. Now the scheme will be rolled out in fishing ports up and down the country as […]


Plymouth awarded plastic free status in recognition of fight against plastic pollution

Campaigners in Plymouth are celebrating as the city has been awarded Plastic Free Community status in recognition of the hard work of partners across the city to reduce single use plastics and tackle plastic pollution. The accolade was confirmed by Surfers Against Sewage, and comes on the anniversary of Plymouth achieving Plastic Free Communities status […]


Sea bin installed in Plymouth to help tackle plastic pollution

A ‘Sea Bin’ has been installed at Queen Anne’s Battery Marina in Plymouth as part of the city’s ongoing commitment to tackle plastic pollution. Plymouth City Council is working with Queen Anne’s Battery Marina and the University of Plymouth to trial the Sea Bin and monitor collections of plastic and other waste, to determine how […]


Landing the right person for top fishing job

The hunt is on for someone to help one of the city’s biggest industries to grow and flourish. Plymouth City Council is looking to appoint a fishing industry development manager to fight the industry’s corner at a national and local level and help the city’s fishing industry thrive. Fishing is an important business sector in […]


Next steps announced for Plymouth National Marine Park

  Plymouth City Council is officially starting work to develop plans for Plymouth Sound to be designated the UK’s first National Marine Park, after securing £75,000 national funding to move the project forward. Councillor Sue Dann, Cabinet Member for Environment and Street Scene made the announcement at the Council’s next Cabinet meeting on Tuesday 15 January […]


Plymouth to host the 2019 Rolex Fastnet Race

Plymouth City Council and the Royal Ocean Racing Club (RORC) have confirmed that Plymouth will host the finish of the 2019 Rolex Fastnet race. Plymouth has marked the end of the biennial yacht race since its inception in 1925. Starting in Cowes on the Isle of Wight, competitors cover a course of 608 nautical miles […]


Plymouth to get rid of single-use plastics before Europe deadline

Plymouth City Council has reacted to the recent European Parliament vote to ban single-use plastics by 2021 by saying that the city won’t be waiting that long to make further efforts to stop polluting the oceans with items such as tea stirrers, straws, plastic bags and water bottles. Councillor Sue Dann, the Council’s Cabinet Member […]


£250,000 funding bid submitted to move forward Plymouth’s National Marine park plans

Plymouth’s plans to be the first National Marine Park in the UK moved forward today with a funding bid being submitted for a feasibility study. The bid – which was sent to the EU and DEFRA today along with a covering letter to Hilary Florek, Chair of the Marine Management Organisation – was developed by […]


Sutton Harbour walkway timetable

Heading to the Seafood Festival this weekend? We’ve got the latest opening times for the temporary walkway across Sutton Harbour lock.   These times are subject to change as they depend on the tide and the amount of marine traffic going through the lock, but here are the planned opening times for the next week. […]


Volunteers needed for Plymouth’s biggest ever beach clean

Plymouth is looking for volunteers this month to take part in the biggest ever beach clean as part of the city’s ongoing work to tackle plastic pollution and reduce single use plastics. Beach clean organised by a range of community groups take place in Plymouth throughout the year but the UK’s leading marine charity, the […]


Tourism targets smashed as work on new Visitor Plan starts

  An organisation set up to promote Plymouth’s potential as a destination has smashed its own targets.  Destination Plymouth, a private-public partnership set up in 2008, commissioned the city’s first visitor plan in 2010 and has seen numbers of visitors grow over the past few years from just above four million in 2008 to 5.1 million […]


Plymouth to apply for funding to be UK’s first Marine Park

Plymouth’s ambition to be the UK’s first National Marine Park is taking another step forward with a funding bid now being worked up following a successful meeting between Council leader Tudor Evans OBE and Government representatives. Plymouth City Council is developing a preliminary Expression of Interest bid for EU and DEFRA funding to help progress […]


Successful life-jacket scheme to expand

A scheme to keep fishing boat crews safer at sea has proved so successful the Council is hoping to expand the project. A total of 250 life-jackets with personal locator beacons have been given to people who earn their living at sea and contribute to Plymouth’s economy as part of a scheme to help reduce […]


Follow Stella the Starfish for family fun in Sutton Harbour

A new family friendly trail linking the Barbican and Sutton Harbour launches on Monday 6 August, offering families the chance to learn more about life under the sea – and win impressive monthly prizes. The Starfish Trail follows Stella the Starfish around Sutton Harbour, with trail boards located on the water’s edge to take visitors […]


Channel swimmer highlights importance of tackling plastics pollution

Plymouth got a high profile boost for both its Plan for Plastics and a potential bid for National Marine Park status when Lewis Pugh, UN Patron of the Oceans, stopped by in Britain’s Ocean City as part of The Long Swim. Lewis, who was born in Plymouth but now lives in Africa, is swimming the […]


Britain’s Ocean City to give warm – and wet – welcome to Lewis

A package of sea and swimming-related events is being organised in honour of Plymouth-born Lewis Pugh’s arrival into Britain’s Ocean City. Lewis Pugh is UN Patron of the Oceans and is currently on The Long Swim, an attempt to swim the full length of the English Channel. He started in Land’s End on Thursday 12 […]


More industrial units, more jobs, more prosperity on cards for Plymouth

More jobs are on the horizon for Plymouth thanks to new factory space being built in Belliver. Council leader Tudor Evans announced that the Council would be investing £2.4 million into creating brand new facilities at Broadley Park Industrial Estate. He said: “We have land lying empty on an industrial site, we have businesses clamouring […]


Plymouth to be first compassionate city?

Plymouth could become the first accredited Compassionate City. Councillor Ian Tuffin, Cabinet Member for Health and Adult Social Care announced the city would work together to become more compassionate towards people near the end of their life as well as those who are left behind grieving. A steering group is to be set up to look […]


Cross and unimpressed by Cross Country franchise consultation

Council leader Tudor Evans is calling on commuters, businesses and ‘anyone who is proud of Plymouth’ to respond to a rail consultation that suggests fewer trains from Cornwall coming into Plymouth. A motion on notice is to be considered at Full Council today in response to the Department for Transport’s consultation on its plans for […]


Plymouth in strong position with broader city centre offer

Plymouth is in a strong position and has anticipated the changing shape of city centres, Council leader Tudor Evans says. He said: “We have said for a long time that we need to broaden the city centre offer so that people come in to Plymouth to spend their money and their time in different ways. […]


City to back campaign for support ships to be built in UK

Plymouth is to join a campaign to call for the next generation of ‘solid fleet support ships’ to be built in the UK. A campaign will be launched in the city on 13 July urging that vessels which supply and support the Royal Navy are built in this country rather than contracts being tendered to […]


Plymouth achieves UK city district first as Plastic Free Waterfront as it launches ambitious plan to tackle single use plastics

On the same day that Plymouth becomes the first UK city district to announce its accreditation with ‘Plastic Free Communities’ status for its iconic waterfront, a major new plan to tackle single use plastics and plastic pollution in Plymouth is being launched by key partners in the city. The Plan For Plastics, which is being […]


Plymouth launches new reusable drinking bottles as part of week of action on plastics

A new reusable drinking bottle has been launched by partners in Plymouth as part of a campaign to reduce single use plastics in the city. The new Britain’s Ocean City and One Plymouth branded bottles are now available to buy at shops across the city. They were officially launched by delegates at the International Marine […]


Partners in Plymouth join forces for week of action on plastics

Organisations across Plymouth are working together to tackle the issue of single use plastics and plastic pollution, with a week of action taking place from 1 – 8 June 2018. Environment Plymouth, the National Marine Aquarium and Plymouth City Council are just some of the organisations getting involved with the week, which includes a series […]


Marine Tech Expo returns to Plymouth in 2018

Following its huge success in 2016, the Marine Tech Expo is returning to Plymouth, Britain’s Ocean City, on Thursday 21 June at the Roland Levinsky Building on the University of Plymouth campus. The event programme features 34 high profile, inspiring speakers, including international keynote Ralph Rayner, non-executive chairman of Sonardyne International; Michael Jones from USA’s […]