On Sunday, 12 April, John Watson led a walk to include two archaeological sites recently cleared for surveying by DPA volunteers. These were the Stannon stone row (found to be about three times longer than was previously generally recognised) and the Sittaford recumbent stone circle.
Notices showing the main features of Hawns and Dendles and High House Waste are now in place .....
Hawns and Dendles is owned by Dartmoor National Park Authority with Dartmoor Preservation Association undertaking conservation work there. The DPA own High House Waste where it practices exemplary management principles as a good landowner. The adjacent wood, Dendles, is owned by Natural England.
Charities across the UK are today joining forces to campaign for the protection and enhancement of our treasured landscapes.
Encompassing 27 national and regional organisations, including the Campaign to Protect Rural England, National Trust, British Mountaineering Council and Wilderness Foundation, the coalition is believed to be the largest ever to be formed on this issue.
Ahead of May’s general election, the coalition aims to raise the profile of landscape and to emphasise the importance of landscapes to our wellbeing, environment and economy.
With ongoing speculative development in and around sensitive areas, such as National Parks and AONBs, the varied group of organisations believes that it is vital for future government policy and funding to reflect the extraordinary value of landscapes.
The Landscapes for Everyone vision is supported in parliament today by Natural Environment Minister Lord de Mauley, Shadow Minister for Natural Environment Barry Gardiner MP, and Liberal Democrat Spokesperson for Environmental Affairs Baroness Parminter. The vision calls for better landscapes for people, better planning for landscape and better places for nature.
CLICK HERE to read the Landscapes for Everyone leaflet.
At nearly 5km and removing up to 36 poles, the Walkhampton scheme is the largest to be undertaken in the South West region by Western Power Distribution. The old overhead line was readily visible from the B3212 Princetown to Yelverton Road, strung across Walkhampton Common from Devil's Elbow to just above Horseyeatt at Peek Hill. The works to provide the new underground supply were mainly undertaken on the highway to minimise the impact on the sensitive moorland landscape, its archaeology, wildlife and livestock.
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.