Plastic Free Exmoor

Beach clean

We did it! Exmoor is officially a Plastic Free Community - the first UK National Park to be wholly awarded ‘Plastic Free Communtiy’ status!

We have completed the five-step community toolkit to start reducing single use where we live, laying the foundations for more work and effective change.

Thank you to everyone in our community who has supported us. You can find out more about the five steps we achieved and what the award means here:

Read our latest newsletter - Nov 22 (PDF)

Every day approximately 8 million pieces of plastic pollution find their way into our oceans.

Globally there is recognition that this must stop, which is why Exmoor National Park Authority has signed up to the ‘Plastic Free Communities’ campaign, coordinated by Surfers Against Sewage.

Single-use plastics have no place in our National Parks. Our ambition is to drastically reduce the consumption of single-use plastics, like packaging, cups, cutlery and carrier bags throughout Exmoor National Park, starting with our organisation, and working to help spread the word and find solutions within our wider communities.

Our Ambition is to:

  • REDUCE our own plastic footprint.
  • Help UNITE COMMUNITIES to take action across Exmoor National Park

We will achieve this by:

1. Reviewing our daily operations to identify ways of reducing single-use plastics.  

2. Encouraging partner organisations, communities and business to get involved and supporting them to take action.

3. Spreading the word about the plastics problem and simple ways to help tackle it.

Plastic Free Minehead & West Somerset
Plastic Free North Devon
The Plastic Free North Devon consortium 

The Plastic Free North Devon consortium was set up in April 2018 to combat the global problem of plastic pollution through local action. The consortium consists of representatives from a number of charities, voluntary groups and organisations.

To find out how to get involved contact

Watch this powerful short film created by Plastic Free North Devon to encourage people to feel empowered to make small changes to their lives which can ultimately have a big impact on our natural world. We are so lucky to live in a place which holds so much natural beauty but we all have a duty to protect it for future generations. (Opens in new window).

Thank you to all our fantastic Business Champions and Community Allies! Together we can kick our addiction to throwaway plastic and change the system that produces it.

Business Champions 

Community Allies 

Croft and Cottage Caterers

Lyn Climate Action Group

Dunster Living

Plastic Free North Devon

Exford Bridge Tearooms

Plastic Free Porlock Vale

Exmoor Adventures

Pinkery Outdoor Education Centre

Exmoor Character Cottages

Exmoor National Park Authority

Exmoor Magazine

Roadwater Community Shop

Exmoor Tea Company

Plastic Free Minehead

Field Studies Centre at Nettlecombe

Exmoor National Park Centre - Dunster

Grown-up Marshmallows

Exmoor National Park Centre - Lynmouth

Heale Farm Parracombe

Exmoor National Park Centre - Dulverton

Horner Farm

Somerset Wildlife Trust

Roadwater Community Shop, PO & Café

Dunster First School

Salad Days & Holi Moli Beach Huts

Plastic Free Watchet

Simonsbath House Hotel

Dunster Beach Holidays

Tessa’s Tea Rooms

Old Cleeve First School

The Dog House

West Somerset Green Forum (Forum 21)

The Great House B&B

Get Involved Volunteers

The Kind Kitchen

Timberscombe First School

The Railway Hut

Channel UK Events CIC

The Selworthy Pantry

Litter Free Coast and Sea -  Somerset

Westerclose House


Withypool Tearooms and Shop

Cottage Beer Project