A brief summary. (January 2011 – March 2014)
The Heart of Exmoor Scheme* is an innovative Heritage Lottery Funded Landscape Partnership whose 11 Partner organisations are achieving an enormous amount by working together. The scheme is investing £1.2 million to benefit the moorland landscape and communities of Exmoor National Park.
We work hard to involve local people and organisations, and to make a real difference through our projects. The greatest measure of our presence is undoubtedly the fantastic response we have experienced from those who generously volunteer with us. So far, volunteers have added their energy and expertise to over 3,131 days of work – valued by HLF as worth over £200,000. Volunteering with the Heart of Exmoor scheme has encompassed everything from practical habitat work to artwork – from running events to being part of ambitious Community Archaeology studies and digs.
- We have enabled over 9,000 visitors to enjoy the moorland landscape. Major events include the Views of Exmoor exhibition, Bogtastic, Get Wild on Grabbist and the Exmoor Pony Festival.
- We have hosted moorland education sessions for 6,000 children.
- We funded 3 moorland farm apprenticeships and 3 Exmoor Moorkeepers, and boosted moorland management skills for more than 500 trainees.
- We had dozens of moorland management events for farmers and managers, and provided £30,000 worth of equipment to help their work.
- We enabled 4 major conservation projects to safeguard our moorland landscape heritage and supported a significant number of smaller projects with grants and muscle power!
- We have created 2 fascinating Exmoor Archaeology loan boxes about the Mesolithic Age and Bronze Age.
- We have published 10 educational web pages and videos, a Field Guide to Exmoor Royal Forest, 4 archaeology walk cards, 10 archaeological and scientific reports, 6 digital reconstructions of landscape scenes, a Dig Porlock booklet and Sounds of the Exe – an enchanting journey of 8 audio-visual snapshots along the River Exe.