News: Exmoor gets a lift from RAF and Commandos


The RAF and Commando Helicopter Force recently held a special training exercise at Exmoor National Park to help a conservation project on remote moorland, airlifting heavy materials above the sensitive countryside to a rare heritage site at the heart of Exmoor.

Sarah Bryan, Head of Conservation and Access at Exmoor National Park Authority said: “We are extremely grateful to the skilled teams from Royal Air Force and Commando Helicopter Force for tackling a hugely difficult task – their support was invaluable and such a professionally executed airlift was very impressive.

“This airlift makes possible our work to conserve a famous farmhouse ruin, Hoar Oak Cottage. We had secured funding, but we still needed help. Our challenge was to transport several tonnes of materials and yet make minimal impact to the moorland that is steeped in sensitive wildlife and historic features, designated a Site of Special Scientific Interest.”

Some of the funding for the work on Hoar Oak is being provided by Exmoor National Park Authority with vital additional money from the Exmoor Moorland Landscape Partnership with funding from the Heritage Lottery Fund and the Heathcoat and Amory Trusts through the Exmoor Society.

An online archive of the history and heritage of the farmhouse is kept by the Friends of Hoar Oak Cottage who have welcomed the new conservation work. This summer saw the group’s second annual walk to the cottage. Next year the public will be able to enjoy and experience a series of events by the Moorland Partnership working closely with the Friends of Hoar Oak Cottage.


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Exmoor National Park

First designated in 1954, Exmoor National Park contains an amazing variety of landscapes within its 267 square miles – breathtaking coast, moorland, woodland, valleys and farmland. Exmoor National Park Authority works in partnership with the community,  businesses and other organisations to look after the National Park and promote its conservation and enjoyment. Visit for more information.

Friends of Hoar Oak Cottage

A Community Association set up by descendants of some of the original residents of Hoar Oak Cottage, whose focus is on the preservation of this rare chance to glimpse remote rural life and creating a living online archive of images and information about the cottage, its surroundings and the people who lived there. Visit for more information.

Heart of Exmoor

Moorland - the Heart of ExmoorThe Exmoor Moorland Landscape Partnership runs a lottery-funded scheme that promotes moorland as the Heart of Exmoor. The scheme’s 15 projects invest half a million pounds to benefit the landscape and community. Visit for more information.

“Helping people to enjoy and appreciate Exmoor’s moorland
and supporting those who take care of it.”

Media contact

Clare O’Connor, Exmoor National Park Authority. Direct Line: 01398 322244. Mobile: 07772 092128.


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Helping people to enjoy and appreciate Exmoor National Park's moorland, and supporting those who take care of it.
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