Current Events

The following events have been organised over the next few months. Some are member only events and others are open to all.  If you are thinking about becoming a member you are welcome to join any event, if places are available.

Booking Events 

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Some of our events are open to all. You can book these from this page

If you cannot attend an event you have booked, please email as soon as possible. Your place can be allocated to someone else.


A Revelatory Eye – Dartmoor Photography from the 1850s to the 1870s

Thursday 5th October
Ashburton Arts Centre, 15 West St, Ashburton, Newton Abbot TQ13 7DT, UK

Time: 7.30pm  at Ashburton Arts Centre TQ13 7DT

Over the past 25 years Tom Greeves has collected together some of the earliest landscape photographs of Dartmoor, taken in the 1860s and 1870s. Many were by one of the finest national photographers of the era, Francis Bedford, but several other photographers captured scenes that are of great historical, social and environmental interest, and often beautifully composed. A Victorian sense of humour is also evident in some of them. This talk will illustrate examples from across Dartmoor.

Tickets for this event can be obtained through Ashburton Arts Cente, links below, or by telephone from Bill Murray 01647 231297

£10 full price or £8/£5 please pay what you can. (+10% fee) or email to reserve and pay on the night.

Doors and bar open 7pm
Free parking after 6pm in the town car park across the road, or in the Greymatter compounds on Chuley Road, a 5 minute walk away.
See for more about local cafes/restaurants, access, and the rest of the programme
A Revelatory Eye - Dartmoor Photography from the 1850s to the 1870s

Photo of Ashburton from the South by Francis Bedford. Copyright Tom Greeves collection

Dartmoor’s Temperate Rainforests

Friday 17th November
Fingle Bridge Inn, Drewsteignton, Exeter, UK

Dartmoor’s Temperate Rainforests: Past, Present and Future

Ticket Price £21

Dartmoor's Temperate RainforestsDartmoor’s temperate woodlands with their understory of lichens, mosses and shrubs are one of the wonders of Dartmoor.  How did they evolve, what steps are taken to conserve them and what is the future for these climate sensitive wooded landscapes.

A series of talks on the many facets of Dartmoor’s temperate forests will take place at the Fingle Bridge Inn, a perfect woodland setting for this gathering. Tickets are selling fast.  Do join us.

Programme: (in progress)

9.45am Arrival. Tea/Coffee and biscuits

10.15 am Nick Fennemore  Welcome from the chair

10.20 am Guy Shrubsole Author and conservationist. Winner in the conservation category of the 2023 James Cropper Wainwright Prize

 10.50 am Professor Ralph Fyfe University of Plymouth  Dartmoors Temperate Rainforests: A long term view. 

11.20 am – 11.30 am Tea and Coffee

11.30 am Dr Lawrence Couldrick Westcountry Rivers Trust The role of temperate forests and other nature-based solutions to deliver integrated catchment management.

12.00 pm Dave Lamacraft Plantlife 

12.30 pm Questions and discussion

12.50 pm – 1.40pm Buffet lunch

1.40 pm David Rickwood The Woodland Trust

2.10 pm Helen Aldis and Tim Ferry Moor Trees What is the Future for Temperate Rainforests on Dartmoor? Maintain, Extend, Expand?

2.40 pm Closing remarks and questions.

3.15pm: Depart

The cost of £21 includes refreshments on arrival and in the morning break, and a buffet lunch. The bar at Fingle Bridge Inn will be open for drinks 11am – 4pm. The day is open to all.

Dartmoor's Temperate Rainforests


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Dartmoor's Temperate Rainforests
A day of talks to inform and celebrate one of the wonders of Dartmoor. 9.45 am to 3.30 pm
23 available