A new online survey seeks the views of resident and visitors about how they view Dartmoor and what could be done to broaden opportunities for the area.
Resources for Change have been asked to undertake work on behalf of the Dartmoor National Park, who lead on the development of the Moor than meets the eye project which has been funded by the Heritage lottery Fund (HLF). The landscape area of Moor than meets the eye is the Eastern Part of Dartmoor around Widecombe.
With money from Heritage Lottery Fund the aim is:
- to conserve the unique historic landscape and its natural habitats which tell the story of human influence over thousands of years
- to significantly enhance physical and intellectual access to the heritage landscape for everyone to enjoy.
- to develop new ways to increase community involvement and understanding of the historic and natural landscape and improve the ability of local people to share, celebrate and enjoy their local landscape
- to sustain a living and working landscape by encouraging and facilitating business opportunities that capture the value of the landscape
- to develop a well trained and co-ordinated volunteer workforce for the area to help conserve and interpret the area’s heritage both now and in future years
- We would like your thoughts and ideas on how you use the area, whether opportunities for people can be broadened and how this could be achieved. It would help the development of the project considerably if you would take a few minutes to complete the on-line questionnaire by clicking on this link: http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/mtmte-consultation
In commenting on the survey Resources for Change have said
"The results, (which will not be attributed to individuals) will be used to help design an exciting next phase for the Moor than meets the eye project and hopefully secure more lottery funding for this fascinating landscape."
Moor than Meets the Eye has provoked a lively debate among local interest groups and this is influencing the nature and scope of the projects which will be undertaken as part of the scheme. If you have views about how the scheme should be implemented you should have a look at the survey.
Members of the Exmoor Society were made extremely welcome by the DPA on the occasion of the societies’ third joint walk on Saturday 19th May. Derek and Bob were knowledgeable and informative guides, while Val was (just like last year) most considerate to those among us who do not manage hills and rough ground as well as our Dartmoor hosts! And everyone else was just so friendly.
On Tuesday 12th June there will be another chance to visit the Mires Project to learn about the latest developments. Frances Cooper from DNPA will lead the trip and it is hoped that scitentists from Exeter University will be in attendance to explain some of the technicalities of the project.
Come and help us to try and get rid of some of this nuisance plant that is becoming an increasing pest on Dartmoor riverbanks.
Himalyan Balsam is one of a small number of "alien plant invaders" wreaking havoc in the British countryside. It was introduced as a garden plant, but swiftly made it's escape and has been very successful at establishing flourishing colonies in the wild, especially in river valleys. As an annual plant, up to 2m high, it smothers native grasses and other plants during the growing season and then leaves the river banks bare in the autumn and winter, increasing the risk of bank erosion.
Natural England appears to be rethinking its long term policy view for the English Uplands according to a recent article that appeared in Farmer's Weekly.
It was only three years ago that Natural England conducted a consultation exercise to formulate its policy for the Uplands. The resulting document, Vital Uplands A Vision for 2060 was published to mixed reactions. Farming opinion in particular criticised its overwhelming focus on environmental matters and production of food appeared to be treated more or less as a byproduct of a process to create diversified upland habitats.