Name of company: Tor Ecology
Where is the company based? Totnes, soon to be Dart Mills near Buckfastleigh
Website address: www.torecology.co.uk
We will be conducting a range of ecology surveys on the site over the next 12 months in order to establish the ecological baseline conditions on the site. This will include surveys for protected species, including bats, otter, dormice and breeding birds. Moving forwards we will also feed these findings into the design phases of the proposals, working alongside other members of the design team (i.e. architects and landscape architects) in order to establish appropriate mitigation and biodiversity enhancements on the site. We also hope to work with the community itself in providing mitigation and enhancements that work for them as a community as well as for wildlife. As Atmos Totnes is the first project of its kind in the UK it’s a real opportunity to model this community-led development process and we are delighted to be involved!
Please share here other information that might help people understand the background of the company and its values.
Tor Ecology are a relatively small company based presently in Totnes. Jenni Reid, who set up Tor Ecology has lived in Devon for the past 5 years having previously lived in Bath and Bristol for many years. Jenni has always had a keen interest in wildlife and was lucky enough to be brought up in the New Forest where she spent many a happy childhood year exploring ponds, woodland and heaths.
As a company we have strong social values at Tor Ecology and believe in an holistic approach to development wherever possible. Developments that respond to the needs of local communities are critical in terms of the health and wellbeing of us all and we regularly work alongside local groups to enable them to achieve their own projects with this goal.
Name of Atmos Totnes lead within this company: Jenni Reid
Job title: Managing Director
What do you think makes Atmos Totnes so interesting? Atmos Totnes will be the first project in the UK to go down the route of the Community Right to Build order which makes this project a flag-ship nationally. Totnes has always been an exciting town in terms doing things differently and with such a strong community I have no doubt that the project will be a success. Hopefully other communities will then follow suit and community-led developments throughout the UK will become the norm. I personally think the potential for this kind of development to blossom elsewhere extremely exciting as it responds to the needs of everyone!
Tell us a bit more about you. It can be something from your professional life or something about your interests outside of work.
The concept of ‘community’ has been a bit of a running theme in my life. My parents helped to run a community house in the New Forest called Minstead Lodge for nearly 15 years when I was a child. When it was initially set up it was run as a retreat centre for the benefit of many different and varied social groups and it also partnered several charitable organisations around the world. As a child I spent much of my time at the Lodge where there were always so many interesting characters to meet and learn from. It was a magical period of my life in many ways and I feel very privileged to have had such a varied and interesting childhood.
If there were an object to represent your role in the Atmos Totnes project what would it be?
I think it would have to be a bat detector! I will be spending quite a few hours out on site undertaking bat surveys so by the end of the year I may feel a bit like it is an extension of my hand!