Dartmoor Preservation Association
Friends of Dartmoor
On Friday 24th May, when the bluebells will be out and, hopefully, Spring will be at its height come and join us at the DPA barbeque. Held in the beautiful old stone barn at Neadon Farm, Manaton, it should be a great social evening. All DPA members and friends are welcome.
The sausages, burgers and pork steaks will come from the farm's own Dartmoor reared stock, followed by a mouth-watering array of puddings. There will be a complimentary drink on arrival followed by a donation bar. James Paxman is busy working on a picture quiz to test your Dartmoor knowledge, but he promises nothing too testing.
Music by Five Fingers Eddie
This is a great opportunity to meet up with old friends and get to know other members in an historic, working Dartmoor farm setting. Full details and a booking form will be in the next issue of Dartmoor Matters, so make sure you book early. You can always call the office to book as well.
Tickets are £15 a head. Turn up for 7pm and the food will be ready for 7:30pm.
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We are sorry to announce that David West, Development Manager of Forest Enterprise, the advertised speaker at our AGM on 25th May, has had to withdraw because of ill health. We would like to take this opportunity to wish David a full and speedy recovery.
Members may be aware of the "Moor than Meets the Eye" Landscape Partnership scheme that Dartmoor National Park Authority won first stage funding for, from the Heritage Lottery Fund, last year. This is a proposed £4million, six year project covering a wide range of activities and programmes on Dartmoor, delivered by a number of different partnership organisations. The DPA is a member of the Partnership Board. If the project wins the full funding this will represent the biggest investment in heritage projects on Dartmoor in recent years.
We are, therefore, delighted to announce that Steve Scoffin, the Project Manager for Moor than Meets the Eye will be our speaker on May 25th. Steve will give us an overview of the project and will then open the discussion to the floor. This is a great opportunity for you to find out about the project and what it might mean for Dartmoor.
The Dartmoor Hill Farm Project have arranged a series of four farmer-led farm walks on Dartmoor farms this year. The first one, enticingly entitled New Life, was on Wednesday 24th April at Huccaby Farm.
The farm sits in the West Dart Valley, across the river from the hamlet of Hexworthy, bordering the Dartmeet to Two Bridges road and is one of the 12 ancient tenements of Dartmoor. This means it has been continuously occupied and farmed for around 1,000 years. The latest in this long line of farmers are Dave and Shirley Mudge. Dave is a third generation Dartmoor farmer, and the second generation to farm Huccaby, his father having moved from nearby Brimpts Farm.
Do you have what it takes to help conserve Dartmoor ? Would you know how to repair a wall, lay a hedge, survey a monument, guide a walk or any of the many other skill practised every day by people in different walks of life on Dartmoor ?
As part of the Moor than Meets the Eye project, Dartmoor National Park Authority is conducting a survey to find out just what skills peoiple think they might need to help keep Dartmoor going.
Take a look at the survey Dartmoor Skills Survey
Tell the authority what you think. Make your views count !