Exmoor National Park features in a new photographic exhibition with pictures of a powerful Red Deer stag, the ancient Piles Mill and the proud Rhenish Tower of Lynmouth. Minehead photographer Gaynor Gough’s image ‘The Watchful Tower’ won the ‘Celebrating Exmoor’s Heritage’ category sponsored by The Heart of Exmoor Scheme and now her work is part of the fantastic array of photography on display at Barnstaple.
Scheme manager Jason Ball, who judged the Exmoor category said: “The Heart of Exmoor Scheme champions the moorland landscape and its heritage, so it’s fantastic to be part of the North Devon Heritage Photographic Competition and to have these images of Exmoor National Park on display at the museum. They truly capture the character of Exmoor’s natural and cultural heritage.”
“This year is particularly special as Exmoor National Park celebrates its 60th anniversary. Judging nearly a hundred pictures takes time but it is always a privilege and I was delighted to look through such a strong field of entries to a heritage photo competition.”
Winners in the Exmoor category took away vouchers and an Exmoor Flag mug, and commended runners-up received Exmoor National Park calendars. The annual competition is organised by Melanie Terrell at the Museum for Barnstaple and North Devon. The Heart of Exmoor Scheme is run by the Exmoor Moorland Landscape Partnership supported by the Heritage Lottery Fund and Exmoor National Park Authority’s Partnership Fund.
The North Devon In Pictures exhibition is now open 10am – 4pm Monday to Saturday until 10 January 2015 at the Museum for Barnstaple and North Devon. Admission is free.
Clare O’ Connor, Exmoor National Park Authority. Direct Line: 01398 322244. Mobile: 07772 092128.
Heart of Exmoor “Helping people to enjoy and appreciate Exmoor’s moorland and supporting those who take care of it.”
The Exmoor Moorland Landscape Partnership runs the Heritage Lottery Funded Heart of Exmoor Scheme to champion the Exmoor’s moorland heritage, investing a million pounds to benefit the landscape and local communities. Projects have generated over 12,000 visitors, trips for 7,000 schoolchildren, 3,000 volunteer days, and 500 skills trainees. The Partnership brings together eleven organisations such as the Exmoor National Park Authority as lead partner, the National Trust, the Exmoor Trust, and the RSPB, and is chaired by The Exmoor Society. Visit heartofexmoor.org.uk for details.