The Exmoor Moorland Landscape Partnership is precisely that – a partnership – and we do everything by working with others. So when we mention our achievements, it’s important to point out the partnership approach, because we get far more done than our small staff team could manage alone.
Since its launch in 2011, the Partnership and project partners have enjoyed great success with the ‘Heart of Exmoor’ scheme, which helps people to enjoy and appreciate Exmoor National Park’s moorland landscapes, and it supports those who take care of the moorlands.
Here is a brief summary of what we’ve achieved together!
Programme 1 – Reconnecting People with Moorland
So far, we have enabled and inspired more than 8,000 people to enjoy and discover the moorland landscape – boosted by special events such as Bogtastic, Dig Porlock, and the Exmoor Pony Festival (1,300 visitors in 2013). Over 2,300 volunteer days have helped to get things done – valued as being worth over £192,000.
The Partnership has supported moorland-themed education sessions for over 5,800 children. The Moorland Classroom project has published 10 sets of new, free to access web-based education resources.
Our archaeology investigations found new evidence of human settlement from mediaeval, bronze age and stone age – discovering thousands of flint objects and an 8,000 year old hazelnut! Findings inspired a new exhibition called ‘Views of Exmoor’. We have published a new Field Guide to Exmoor’s Royal Forest and 4 Archaeology Walks cards. The DIG Porlock community archaeology project was very successful in engaging local volunteers in archaeological techniques and conservation, as part of a local project in a PAL (Principal Archaeological Landscape).
Special interpretive projects such as reconstructions, artefact loan boxes, digital artwork to create visions of the moorland’s past, and Sounds of the Exe.
Programme 2 – Reconnecting Livelihoods and Moorland
Over 500 trainees benefitted from a range of practical training and knowledge exchange events. Many used moorland management examples on Exmoor National Park and were often led by moorland managers. We engaged 3 Moorkeepers to boost moorland management and helped 3 moorland farm apprenticeships at Exmoor farms. We delivered 23 events and 20 practical demonstrations for moorland managers.
We supported the management of Exmoor’s unique free-roaming Exmoor Pony herds by providing a mobile handling unit, microchip scanners and demonstration workshops – and EMLP commissioned an in-depth, independent study about the herds.
Outreach work at schools and colleges promoted practical skills, farming and moorland management to many young people within and beyond the national park, with the help of the Moorkeepers, educators and other partners.
Programme 3 – Reconditioning Exmoor’s Moorland
We supported 4 major moorland character projects: landscape improvements at Valley of Rocks; helping to put powerlines underground 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. We have put £ thousands into small landscape grants for farmers and Exmoor Pony Grants to help the moorland herds – an Exmoor Pony Officer also promotes the breed and works with moorland herd owners.
Practical conservation was 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 Heart of Exmoor Scheme is funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) and by our local partners and funders. (Read more…) The scheme funders are HLF and the Exmoor National Park Authority. Programme 2 was mainly funded with 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 Malcolm MacEwen Trust; Exmoor National Park Authority’s Sustainable Development Fund; and CareMoor. The scheme also benefits enormously from time and resources given in kind by partner organisations and volunteers.
Help us to achieve even more!
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.