The Heart of Exmoor Scheme championed Exmoor National Park’s moorland landscape heritage for 5 years (January 2011 – December 2015).
This was a Heritage Lottery Funded Landscape Partnership Scheme with a budget of £1.2 million managed by the Exmoor Moorland Landscape Partnership (EMLP) comprising 12 organisations with Exmoor National Park Authority as lead partner. Arabella Amory from The Exmoor Society chaired the group. A small staff team delivered the projects:
- Scheme Manager – Jason Ball.
- Moorland Heritage Officer – Faye Balmond.
- Exmoor Pony Officer – Linzi Green.
- Moorland Education Officer – David Rolls.
Moorland was fundamental to the establishment of Exmoor National Park. The moorland landscape is richly inspirational and very important for many reasons – the moors and coastal heaths are open countryside with a sense of remoteness, wildness and tranquility – unique wildlife habitats interwoven with the water, woodland and farmlands of Exmoor. Some of the country’s cleanest rivers weaving from high moor and peat bogs down to coastal heath – the River Exe reaches from Exe Head all the way to Exmouth on the South Devon coast, and supplies many communities with drinking water along the way. Cultural heritage on moorland landscape stretches back to the Stone Age and, perhaps most famously, Exmoor was a royal forest for hundreds of years.
We ran 19 projects across 3 themed programmes:
- Programme 1: Reconnecting People with Moorland Heritage
- Programme 2: Reconnecting Livelihoods to the Moorland
- Programme 3: Reconditioning Moorland Character
The Heart of Exmoor Scheme helped thousands of people to enjoy and appreciate Exmoor National Park’s moorland and supported those who take care of this precious landscape – the farmers and commoners, landowners, rangers and volunteers. Thanks to all involved, we were able to inspire visitors, create exciting educational resources, research the moorland’s natural and cultural heritage and help to conserve it for future generations.
The Exmoor Moorland Landscape Partnership Scheme was supported by the Heritage Lottery Fund and our local partners and funders. Part financed by the European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development 2007-2013: Europe investing in rural areas.