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 issued today. You can donate to the appeal here.
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.
As I write this blog we have just had our third month of the new Woodland Explorers club for children and families which is held in Plymbridge Woods. The monthly Saturday club has been greeted with great enthusiasm and support from the children and parents alike.
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 the fabulous outdoor spaces we have to offer.
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 site which gives you all the details you need to know – what are the 50 things, where you can do them (in your garden, the the countryside or at an NT Property) and how to them safely.
The 50 things scrapbook available from lots of National Trust properties Continue reading…
Last Sunday (9/6/2013) saw the Annual Plym Valley Challenge, a 7.5 mile run organised by Instinctive Sports, from Torbridge High, down through the Plym Valley and back up again… just for fun. Continue reading…
Plym Valley Rangers, volunteers and visitors to Plymbridge woods all combined today to help with the National Trust 2013 launch of ’50 things to do before you’re 11 3/4. A wet start to the day could not dampen spirits and before long a number of children were walking off with a copy of the ‘Adventure Scrapbook’ under their arm.
Between us all, we managed to ‘Roll down a really big hill’, ‘Skim a stone’, ‘Play Pooh sticks’, ‘Hunt for bugs’ (including an impressive Oil Beetle), and ‘Go bird watching’ at the Plym Peregrine Watch. Five down, 45 to go!
A group of budding young ornithologists came on a guided walk around Plymbridge Woods yesterday. We focused on bird survey techniques and species identification, and finished with a look at our spectacular pair of resident peregrine falcons. We had fantastic views of both peregrines, who are looking particularly nesty. We saw some other great birds including a great spotted woodpecker, mandarin ducks and dippers. The kids’ bird i.d. skills were very good and I’m sure there were a few future Audubons and Humbles among them. Well done folks. If you’re children are interested in joining the young birdwatchers, we will be doing more activities on the 8th and 28th of August and the 29th of September. Please call the office for more details (01752 341 377).
This Sunday Pete Davies led a small team of volunteers in Plym Bridge Woods, reinstating some of the local archaeology. The wall which follows the Plymouth to Dartmoor tramway along the Western edge of the woods has slowly fallen foul of time and misuse, causing the majority of it to fall away degrading the aesthetic value and leaving loose shale on the path. Under instruction from Pete; Jim, Steve, Tony and the two Joes removed any loose shale and unstable rocks from the top of the wall and meticulously replaced them, reinforcing the base where necessary. The centre was filled in with the loose shale and soil which had slowly built up alongside the wall. Aside from the biting wind the weather was pleasant and didn’t hinder the team, allowing them to make serious headway into improving the site.
The work undertaken on Sunday was the first of many steps; the wall runs for miles and will be a long term project. The important thing is that the first Plym Valley Conservation Volunteers meet was a success. For the first day it was a respectable turn out and everybody enjoyed themselves which bodes well for the future.
The next meet will be on Sunday 12th May 2013 and will involve post and rail fencing in Plymbridge Woods. The group will be meeting at 10am in Plymbridge carpark; if you’re interested in helping out this would be greatly appreciated.
The nation wide Easter trail event that took place on Good Friday was a great success for us down in the Plym Valley. With more than 200 people following clues along the canal path that eventually lead to the “Easter village” at the end of the trail.
The village was a way of creating the kind of atmosphere you find at most village fate’s; a warming community spirit that aimed to keep people engaged in the event long after the trail had finished. This seemed to work as some families remained on site for 2 or so hours after they’d completed the trail, a resounding success.
Despite being cold, the event went off without a hitch with everyone really enjoying themselves. Alison from Opal came down with a volunteer encouraging children to forage for spring plants as part of the activities which also included the Easter bunny handing out chocolate eggs, games on the lawn and a sizeable craft tent thanks to Fred at Parke.
A lovely day had by all.
Plym Valley team