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Help us shape the future management of Fingle Woods

The Woodland Trust and the National Trust are carrying out a public consultation on the future management of Fingle Woods for people and wildlife today (Thursday 27th November)at the Fingle Bridge Inn between 11am and 8pm. Please drop in and help us form our plans....
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Find your spirit of adventure on Dartmoor

Have you ever wanted to have a go at rock climbing? The National Trust has teamed up with Spirit of Adventure, an outdoor adventure activity provider, to give you the opportunity to try out rock climbing at one of Dartmoor’s natural beauty spots.  The rock adventure day takes place at the Dewerstone, near Shaugh Prior...
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The Fingle Festival – you are invited

To celebrate the purchase of Fingle Woods by the Woodland Trust and the National Trust we are holding an event at the woods this Friday – the Fingle Festival.  ...
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Launch of coastal appeal in bid to buy Bantham beach and Avon estuary

Our colleagues in the South Devon Countryside portfolio along with many National Trust Regional folk have been working really hard over the past few months on the ‘Bantham’ acquisition – things are beginning to really motor now so I thought I would share with you this really exciting news. Press here to see our press release...
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National Trust Devon Rangers come to Dartmoor

Around 50 of the National Trust’s Rangers in Devon have just met at Fingle Bridge in the Teign Valley for a conference on the Outdoors and Nature. We spent two days in the glorious sunshine and camped overnight. Tremendous atmosphere and camaraderie – now all back to our special places fired up and ready to...
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The National Trust on Dartmoor’s summer newsletter

We have just produced a Newsletter for all our staff and volunteers on Dartmoor. We thought you might like to see it too! To download the Newsletter – click here....
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We welcome a new member to the Plym Valley team

Hi everyone, Just thought I would do a little post about my new role here at the National Trust Plym Valley. My name is Charlie and I am the new Sport Development Officer for the area which is really exciting and something the Trust is looking to do more to get more people to enjoy...
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50 things to do

It’s half term so here are a few things you can do to keep everyone occupied and happy in the great outdoors. The National Trust runs a free campaign to get kids outdoors doing fun things called 50 things to do before you are 11 3/4. Here is the link to the 50 things web...
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Red Rangers

From now on all National Trust Rangers on Dartmoor (and indeed the rest of the South West) will be easily identifiable to everyone as they will be wearing red tops. Some of the Dartmoor Rangers at Parke today From l to r: Adrian Colston, Dartmoor General Manager; Mick Jones, Lead Ranger North Dartmoor; Adrian Shaw,...
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National Tribe Wild Tribe teams conquer 10 Tors

National Trust Wild Tribe 45 mile team approach the finish Pete Davies, our Area Ranger in the Plym Valley and myself (Adrian Colston, General Manager for Dartmoor) have just got back from the annual 10 Tors expedition on Dartmoor. The National Trust had three teams entered and we worked closely again all year with Torquay...
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Bluebells on Dartmoor – they are out!

Dartmoor’s bluebells tend to flower later than those in the lowlands – simply because it’s at a higher altitude and the climate is harsher. However once they are out they are usually spectacular.   Bluebells at Parke Bluebells are one of the classic flowers of the moor’s woodlands.  The National Trust has a number of...
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Become an Eggsplorer at Lydford Gorge this Easter

Come and explore on our Cadbury’s Easter Egg Trail around the orchard at Lydford Gorge for children aged 4 to 12. Collect your chocolate egghead prize at the end. £3 per child plus normal admission charges apply. In partnership with Cadbury’s chocolate...
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Lots to do at Finch Foundry over Easter

  There is lots to do at Finch Foundry over Easter – Easter Egg Eggsplorer events, a vintage car rally and a resplendant rag rug workshop...
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Lottery funding boost for Fingle Woods

  The transformation of Fingle Woods by the Woodland Trust and National Trust has been boosted  with initial support, including development  funding of  £64,900,from the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF), with plans in place to apply for a full grant at a later date....
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Peregrine watch point goes live in the Plym Valley

The dedicated group of over 30 Volunteers are again drawing up their rota. With the help of our ranger Simon Garland they are overseeing the successful nesting of the pair of Peregrine Falcons in the Plym Valley. The birds were likely nesting in Cann Quarry shortly after its creation as a result of slate mining...
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Dartmoor’s Leadership – who we are

Thought it would be a good idea to introduce ourselves! We are the National Trust’s Leadership Team on Dartmoor. Below we tell you what we all do. Front left to right: Adrian Colston (General Manager), Gus Fergusson (Lead Ranger – South Dartmoor), Ben Shapcott (Foundry Manager – Finch Foundry) Debbie Halls (Administrator) Catherine Maddern (Visitor...
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Dartmoor’s birds and the new BTO Atlas

Every now and again a book appears which grabs your attention and dominates your time! The last time this happened to me was when Mark Avery’s ‘Fighting for Birds‘ was published. Now the BTO, Birdwatch Ireland and the SOC have published their Bird Atlas 2007-11. It is a magnum opus both in terms of size...
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The outdoors becomes more accessible

Parke now open to all thanks to launch of ‘off road’ mobility scooter hire scheme! An all-terrain mobility scooter that can go ‘off road’ is opening up the National Trust’s Parke estate, near Bovey Tracey, to people who have difficulty walking. The ‘Tramper’ scooter has been provided by the Devon based charity Living Options Devon...
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Is this what they mean by “Multi-use Trail”?

Well, not really, but this is what a trail suitable for families, wheelchairs,dog walkers, cyclists, and pushchairs has to look like when its being built. Don’t worry though, once the construction crew have left and nature takes over, the new recycled road planing surface will weather in and it will look just like an inviting...
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New cycle trail at Bovey Tracey

The long awaited cycle trail through National Trust ‘s Parke estate on the edge of Bovey Tracey is moving forwards.  Just before Christmas work started on the route through Mill Marsh Park from the centre of Bovey towards the Moretonhampstead road.  The crossing of the busy highway was achieved by lowering the path that runs...
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Plym Bridge Cycle trail – update

The National Trust today (Thursday 13th September 2012) confirmed that it will be shortly submitting a planning application to Plymouth City Council to develop a new 4km off-road single-track cycle trail and increase parking spaces within the existing car park in Plymbridge Woods. This new moderate (blue) grade cycle trail will be ideal for people looking...
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Castle Drogo’s late summer garden spectacle.

  The last few magical days of  late summer sunshine have coincided with the garden at Castle Drogo reaching a seasonal  peak.  The  herbaceous borders are delivering their grand finale  before the onset of autumn with a beautiful display of bright yellow, orange, blue and lilac. To capture the full experience an early morning or late afternoon visit will definitely be...
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Go Batty in the Woods

Do you often find yourself asking: What’s the point of bats? Do bats suck blood? Are bats blind? What on earth is echolocation? If the answer is yes, then a night going batty in the woods is just the thing for you. Come and join the NT Ranger for a night walk through Plym Bridge Woods to...
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Saving Castle Drogo – the video

We’ve recently done this video explaing the problems at Castle Drogo and what we are going to do about it. Thanks to Nick Peres, Bryher Mason and Wes Key...
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Jubilee cake at Castle Drogo

Our Head Chef, Rob Kingscott produced this fabulous cake to mark the Diamond Jubilee....
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Castle Drogo’s wonderful garden

Now is my favourite time in the Gardens at Castle Drogo. They are awash with bright colourful azalea and rhododendron flowers.  If you have never been in the Garden before you don’t know what you are missing. The Gardens are also the highest (at 1000′) that the National Trust owns.   You can see my...
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Ten Tors 2012 – By Aggie Fielding (45 mile Wild Tribe)

Dear reader, You may be aware, I was on the 45 mile Wild Tribe team walking for the National Trust and I finished my Ten Tors journey at 12.20 on Sunday the 13th of May 2012 . As a proud “Wild Triber” I thought it would be great to share my wonderful adventures with the...
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Dartmoor ponies – Parke and the Dartmoor Pony Heritage Trust

The National Trust’s General Manager has posted a new blog Dartmoor ponies in Norfolk http://adriancolston.wordpress.com/2012/04/25/dartmoor-ponies-in-norfolk/  ...
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Finch Foundry – one of my favourite places

One of the places I am responsible for looking after on Dartmoor is Finch Foundry in Sticklepath. I don’t really know anywhere else like it. I was lucky enough to go there today and meet the team headed up by Roger Boney. It has really lashed with rain most of the day on Dartmoor today...
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Dartmoor General Manager updates

I have posted several new posts on my blog recently – here are the links. Solar panels on Dartmoor Castle Drogo HLF application Castle Drogo Trustees decision Upper Plym – from a different perspective Wild Tribe on the south Moor Hope you enjoy these  – lots of good news stories! Adrian Colston, General Manager, Dartmoor...
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Venison

I guess if we’re going to talk about food and Dartmoor then thoughts may naturally  go to the deer that are a major part of whatDartmooris so famous for. Recently, when I was contacting Mick Jones; North Dartmoor’s  Head Ranger, this thought rapidly become an action when, after I added a light reference to the...
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Blackingstone Quarry

My visit to Blackingstone Quarry today – one of the sources of granite for Castle Drogo – read about it here.  ...
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What’s a wassail?

Wassailing – the essential ingredient to any Devon orchard.  Without a rowdy wassail being carried out on Tweth Night an apple orchard will be riddled with bad spirits and the next years crop will be a disaster.  Well that’s the tradition and the orchard at National Trust, Parke,  Bovey Tracey, was well and truly wassailed...
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Teign up from Fingle Bridge

Following on from Stuart’s post of the 3rd of January showing the Teign in full spate – here are a couple of pictures I took on the 8th January – what a difference!        ...
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Christmas at Widecombe

Lots of people turned up to Widecombe village recently to welcome Father Christmas when he arrived on a pony and trap (reindeers were busy elsewhere!) in order to distribute presents to the children.  The weather was certainly not as Christmassy as last year , when FC could make it because of the deep snow, but...
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Holne Woods on the River Dart

Haven’t featured this National Trust Property on the blog for a while so …. Holne Woods on the River Dart – my photo account of a recent walk...
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The Teign Valley in autumn – a great walk

Want a lovely autumn walk by the river over the weekend? – try this one – you won’t be disappointed...
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Wild Tribe hit magical mystical Dartmoor

The National Trust on Dartmoor’s Wild Tribe – who are training to do the Army’s 10 Tors Expedition next May were up on Dartmoor last weekend – here is an account of their walk illustated with photos....
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Plym Bridge Cycle Hub and Trails

The National Trust has today (Monday 31st October) announced that it is withdrawing its planning applications for the proposed cycle hub and trails at Plymbridge Woods on the edge of Plymouth. This decision has been made following the recent discovery of a restrictive covenant which affects the site of the proposed hub cafe. The trails...
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The fabulous River Plym

The fabulous River Plym- check out my new blog posting with a calming video of the River Plym – its just what we all need!        ...
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Views over Plymouth

This has got to be the best city view in the country even on a rainy overcast day http://adriancolston.wordpress.com/2011/10/05/the-view-across-plymouth/ #LovePlymouth...
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‘Save Castle Drogo’ Bunting goes on display

We would like to thank all the volunteers and local groups who worked so hard to make the bunting, shown above.  This is now on display in our Visitor Centre and will promote the ‘Save Castle Drogo’ appeal,  helping to raise the funds required to carry out urgently needed building works. For further information please contact Paula Clarke on 01647...
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Exeter University rolls into Parke

Despite an unpromising weather forecast, a group of staff from University of Exeter, (Research & Knowledge Transfer), descended on National Trust, Parke at Bovey Tracey for a day of Employee Volunteering. Their task was to lay the paths in the newly renovated walled garden and for this they were met and assisted by a team...
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Volunteering at Castle Drogo

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Joseph Cavendish on work experience at Finch Foundry

Over the past week I have been working at Finch, I have met some wonderful people here, and found out a lot about the place and how work and manufacturing has evolved over the past 50-100 years. This has been a real eye opener for me personally, as to how even the smallest of properties...
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Drogo’s Day of the Triffids!

Marauding Triffids have been spotted ambushing Baby Bunty outside her cottage at Castle Drogo. Head Gardener John Rippin said ” We recently introduced the carnivorous plants to Baby Bunty’s newly re-designed garden and had no idea they would turn into such monsters”. Latest reports seem to indicate that the situation has stabilised, a spokesperson for the National...
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A Classic Day for Dads

Today’s warmer weather certainly brought the crowds out, to see more than 60 classic cars, from all eras and from across the world, as we celebrated Father’s Day with our traditional Classic Car event. Of course it takes more than a car show to make the perfect day out and our cafe was, once again,...
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Why is the National Trust playing squash?

Why is the National Trust playing squash? Visit the General Manager’s blog to find out why. http://adriancolston.wordpress.com/2011/06/14/why-is-the-national-trust-playing-squash/...
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For The Love of an Orchard

Everybody’s guide to growing and cooking orchard fruit, beautifully illustrated book on special offer for £10.00 in Castle Drogo shop now, while stocks last. Why not visit Castle Drogo on Fathers Day for Locally Produced Parke Apple Juice and Winkleigh Cider tastings in the shop, these products on special offer, buy one get one half price, ideal...
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Father’s Day Weekend Classic Car Event Castle Drogo 18th & 19th June

There is plenty to enjoy from displays of classic cars, Dads guide to gardening, beer, cider and apple juice tasting and the chance to make Dad a unique Father’s Day gift.(£2 per child). To round off your visit why not treat Dad to a special lunch in the cafe, available all weekend from11am-3pm. Menu starting from£8.95...
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