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Farming Forum. The outcome of the Independent Review of Protected Sites on Dartmoor

Wednesday 22nd May
Postbridge Village Hall, Postbridge, Yelverton, UK

7.30pm

Please book online or contact Bill Murray email: chair@dartmoorsociety.com

Telephone: 01647 231 297

Ticket price £5

Postponed from 2023, our Farming Forum now has the chance to discuss the Government response to the Fursdon Review of Protected Sites on Dartmoor that was published on 10 April 2024.

We are interested in how Dartmoor’s historic and living farming culture can be reconciled with the need to accommodate concerns about climate change and species decline.

Dartmoor farmers are being asked not only to produce food but to deliver environmental outcomes. It is a difficult balance and during this forum we will endeavour to unpick some of the issues.

Chair:

Layland Branfield. Dartmoor farmer and Vice-Chair of the Dartmoor Commoners Council, Layland has been consulted on farming matters by the Fursdon Review panel and is often called on by organisations seeking advice on matters relating to Dartmoor hill farming.

Our panel will include:

Adrian Colston. Conservationist and rural social scientist who has spent many years working on Dartmoor.  Adrian has a special interest in the Dartmoor uplands.  He has written widely on the subject including his 2021 thesis:  ‘Stakeholder attitudes to the narratives of the Dartmoor Commons: tradition & the search for consensus in a time of change

Janet Dwyer Professor of Rural Policy at the University of Gloucester.  Until very recently Janet was commissioned by the DNPA and the Dartmoor Commoners Council to carry out research into payment schemes, governance and land management structures that can achieve common goals on Dartmoor. She will be travelling to Dartmoor especially to take part in this event.

Farming Forum. The outcome of the Independent Review of Protected Sites on Dartmoor

Fursdon Review. The government response to the Fursdon Review of protected sites on Dartmoor was published on 10 April 2024. You can read it here

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/independent-review-of-protected-site-management-on-dartmoor-government-response

 

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Visit to Bowden Farm, Buckfastleigh

Saturday 15th June
Bowden Farm Organics, Buckfastleigh, UK

On our farm visit this year we will be the guests of Russell and Sandy Ashford who farm Bowden Farm near Cross Furzes, West Buckfastleigh. Russell is the Chair of the Dartmoor Hill Farm Project which is actively involved in promoting and supporting Dartmoor farmers role in food production, land management and public services. At Bowden Farm organic beef and lamb is home-produced and naturally reared to British Soil Association Standards. The beef is from South Devon, Welsh Black and continental cross cattle and the lamb from Scottish Blackface and crossbred ewes.

Please book online or contact Bill Murray on 01647 231297 chair@dartmoorsociety.com.

Visit to Bowden Farm, Buckfastleigh

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Bowden Farm Organics
A visit to Bowden Farm, Buckfastleigh hosted by Russell and Sandy Ashford.
£5.00
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Celebrating Dartmoor at Gidleigh Hall and Church. Saturday 13 July 9.30am and 2.00pm

Saturday 13th July
Holy Trinity Church, Gidleigh, Gidleigh, Newton Abbot, UK

Morning Session Gidleigh Hall 9.30am

Wool Workshop.  Includes the materials for making a Stitched Landscape £12. Tickets below.

Led by Bridget Cole and Barbara John

(The morning session is free if you want to listen and observe without making the stitched landscape, but please RSPV below)

Afternoon Session Gidleigh Church 2.00pm

Spiritual Celebration of Dartmoor in Prose, Poetry and Music

Led by Nick Fennemore

(No charge for afternoon session but please RSPV below).

Morning Session: Gidleigh Hall 9.30am

A Wool Workshop that includes making a Stitched Landscape

The cost is  £12  for materials to take part (The morning session is free to attend if you are not making the stitched landscape).

Bridget Cole is a Dartmoor livestock farmer and environmental land manager interested in promoting the benefits of the wool from Dartmoor grazing sheep; maximising their value as a product rather than a byproduct of sheep farming and looking for imaginative ways to use wool and to develop markets. This interest has resulted in an honours degree from Plymouth University in 2020 and an address book that includes wool manufacturers worldwide!

Barbara John was the Devon Co-ordinator for the West Country Embroiderers for many years and teaches embroidery/stitching workshops to various groups, traditional & contemporary.  With others she set up an embroidery group in Bovey Tracey in 2021. Before retirement she taught creative stitching & dressmaking at South Devon College Adult Education.

Afternoon Session: Gidleigh Church 2.00pm

Spiritual Celebration of Dartmoor in Prose, Poetry and Music.

Following the success of last year’s celebration at Lydford Church we are holding a similar event this year at Gidleigh Church.

Led by our vice-chair Nick Fennemore, there will be time to enjoy the surroundings of this ancient church and appreciate some of the ways that people through the years have expressed their feelings about Dartmoor in words and song. Please do get in touch with Nick if you have some words or music to contribute. 07919 547508 canonfennemore@btinternet.com

Scorhill Stone Circle is close to Gidleigh and, depending on the schedule (and the weather!), there may be a chance for an informal walk up to the circle.

Please book through this website or contact Bill Murray on 01647 231297 / chair@dartmoorsociety.com.

Celebrating Dartmoor at Gidleigh Hall and Church. Saturday 13 July 9.30am and 2.00pm
Photo:DevonChurchLand.co.uk

Celebrating Dartmoor in Prose, Poetry & Music

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Wool Workshop. Observing

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Celebrating Dartmoor - Stitched Landscape
Morning Session: Wool Workshop and Felt Crafting. Start at 9.30am Gidleigh Village Hall.
£12.00
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Annual Barbecue and Walk: Coombe Meadow, Ashburton TQ13 7HU

Saturday 17th August
Coombe Meadow, Ashburton, Newton Abbot, UK

Coombe Meadow is described by the National Garden’s Scheme as a ‘lost garden, by a beautiful Dartmoor stream … since 2016 its mature magnolias, camellias, azaleas and other trees have been rescued. Paths and ponds have been cleared, archaeology preserved’

Start Time 2.00 pm

Annual Barbecue and Walk: Coombe Meadow, Ashburton TQ13 7HUOur hosts for the barbecue this year are Mike and Angela Walker who have restored and developed a garden that was originally laid out in the 1970’s.  One of its unique features are the archaeological remains that have been uncovered and stabilised.  The afternoon will include opportinuty to wander through the garden at leisure.  There will also be a guided walk in the wooded valley to see former tin mine workings.

The cost is £12 to include the barbecue.  Please bring your own drinks.

Members, friends and those who may be interested in joining the Dartmoor Society are all welcome.

Please book online or contact Bill Murray on 01647 231297 chair@dartmoorsociety.com

Annual Barbecue and Walk: Coombe Meadow, Ashburton TQ13 7HU

 

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Barbecue at Coombe Meadow, Ashburton. TQ13 7HU The price includes the barbecue, but please bring your own drinks. There will be vegetarian options. Start time 2.00pm
£12.00
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Guided walk to Vitifer Mines and Birch Tor with Inga Page

Saturday 14th September
Bennett’s Cross, B3212, Yelverton, UK

Guided walk to Birch Tor and the Vitifer Mine workings near the Warren House Inn.

Please bring your own drinks and packed lunch

Starting from Bennett’s Cross at 9.30 am.

The walk will be 3-5 miles according to the needs of the group.

 

Guided walk to Vitifer Mines and Birch Tor with Inga PageVitifer and Birch Tor mines are situated in the area adjacent the Warren House Inn. It is an area that is rich in wildlife and contains extensive former mineworkings.

Inga Page, Dartmoor Moorland Guide and the founder of www.dartmoorwalksthisway.co.uk will guide us on this walk that will be 3-5 miles, the length depending on the wishes of those who book. Please bring your own drinks, a packed lunch, stout footwear and clothing suitable for the weather conditions. The ticket price is £8. Start time 9.30am. Please book online or contact Bill Murray on 01647 231297 chair@dartmoorsociety.com

Information about mining  in this area can be found the website, Dartmoor Explorations https://dartmoorexplorations.co.uk/birch-tor-and-vitifer-mine-and-miners/

Tom Greeves is acknowledged for his contribution to our knowledge about mining in this area and Tom’s book that was Devon Book of the Year in 2016 includes references and photographs.

Called Home: The Dartmoor Tin Miner 1860-1940 by Tom Greeves

Guided walk to Vitifer Mines and Birch Tor with Inga Page
Looking towards Birch Tor. Photo: Steve Sprigg

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Guided Walk
3-5 mile walk to Birch Tor and Vitifer Mines with Inga Page. Start time 9.30am Start Location Bennett's Cross, near Warren House Inn
£8.00
30 available

Glaciation on Dartmoor: A talk by Richard Horsham

Wednesday 23rd October

Time: 7.30pm

What is the landscape legacy of the severe cold climate that Dartmoor experienced as a result of the Ice Age?

Richard Horsham will discuss the effects of frost and ice processes on Dartmoor and the physical features that are left in our current landscape.

These are not always easy to recognise, interpret and explain and his talk will review both iconic, well known and little known landscape features of Dartmoor and show how the different cold climate conditions may well have been responsible for them.

Richard writes for the Dartmoor Magazine on topics relating to the Dartmoor landscape and we feel priviledged that he has agreed to travel from his home in Somerset to talk to us.

The location of this event will be published as soon as it has been agreed.

Glaciation on Dartmoor: A talk by Richard Horsham

 

Glaciation on Dartmoor: A talk by Richard Horsham

 

 

Glaciation on Dartmoor: A talk by Richard Horsham

 

Some members may remember that this subject was covered in 2012 when Dr Stephan Harrison gave a Research Lecture to the Dartmoor Society presenting his evidence for glaciation on Dartmoor.  You can find the report on that talk via the following link.

The Glaciation of Dartmoor

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A talk by Richard Horsham
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A talk by John Walters, recipient of the 2023 Dartmoor Society Award

Tuesday 26th November
Bovey Tracey Methodist Church, Fore Street, Bovey Tracey, Newton Abbot, UK

Time: 7.30pm

Ticket price £8.00

John Walters was presented with the Dartmoor Society Award in November 2023 and we are very pleased to let you know that he will speak to us about his work on 26 November at Bovey Tracey Methodist Church Hall at 7.30pm.

John has been studying the widlife of Dartmoor for over 30 years and recorded his findings on film, photographs, in illustrations and in books and other publications.  He was presented with the award for his outstanding work and for the way he makes his findings available for others to enjoy and to study. Here is our report in our Spring 2024 Newlstter. A talk by John Walters, recipient of the 2023 Dartmoor Society Award

John Walters is presented with The Dartmoor Society award for 2023

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A talk by John Walters about his life studying Dartmoor wildlife.
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