The Exmoor Moorland Landscape Partnership is precisely that – a partnership – and it’s by working with others that we get anywhere. So when we mention our achievements, it’s important to point that out, because it’s more than just a small team of staff. All the Scheme Partners and project partners have been delivering the ‘Heart of Exmoor’ scheme. (3 programmes of 15 projects!)
The Heart of Exmoor scheme helps people to enjoy and appreciate the moorlands, and it supports those people who take care of Exmoor National Park’s moorland landscapes.
Here is a taste of what we’ve done together!
Over 1,600 volunteer days have helped to get things done – valued by HLF at more than £135,000.
Engaged 5,000 children in educational sessions, on and off the moor.
We have helped over 7,000 people to enjoy and discover the moorland landscape.
£ thousands put into small landscape grants for farmers and Exmoor Pony Grants for the moorland herds.
We have supported 3 Moorkeepers and more than 400 trainees in learning moorland management skills including 3 farm apprentices. We have delivered 20 events and 18 practical demonstrations for moorland managers. An Exmoor Pony Officer promotes the breed and works with moorland herd owners.
Major moorland character projects include the undergrounding of powerlines at Hawkcombe Head, renovation of the North Hill Radar Station, conservation and survey work in the remote Hoar Oak valley with the help of the RAF and Commandos.
Archaeology investigations have found new evidence of human settlement from mediaeval, bronze age and stone age. Discovered thousands of flint objects and an 8,000 year old hazelnut! Archaeology inspired the new exhibition at Barnstaple called ‘Views of Exmoor’. We have published a new Field Guide to Exmoor’s Royal Forest.
Special events such as Dig Porlock, Bogtastic, and the Exmoor Pony Festival (1,300 visitors).
Special interpretive projects such as reconstructions, artefact loan boxes, digital artwork to create visions of the moorland’s past, and Sounds of the Exe (coming soon!).
Practical conservation has been carried out at 10 Scheduled Ancient Monuments in the moorland landscape. The scheme has also supported heritage conservation projects on landscape features such as the Knight Wall and moorland hedge-banks. We have helped to survey and conserve dozens of historically important features, assisted by university student placements.
The Exmoor Moorland Landscape Partnership Scheme is funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund and by our local partners and funders. The scheme funders are the Heritage Lottery Fund, Exmoor National Park Authority, and by RDPE money through Western Somerset Local Action (WSLA) and Leader for Torridge and North Devon (L4TND).
Funders of individual projects include: the Heathcoat and Amory Trusts (through The Exmoor Society); English Heritage; the Environment Agency; the Exmoor Trust; the Macolm MacEwen Trust; Exmoor National Park Authority’s Sustainable Development Fund; Exmoor National Park’s CareMoor. The scheme also benefits enormously from time and resources given in kind by partner organisations and volunteers.
We are currently raising match-funds for our 2014 and 2015 projects. If you would like to support our work financially or in kind, please contact the Scheme Manager, Jason Ball, on 01398 322164.