Spring to Parke

We are all getting very excited here at Parke National Trust estate  nr. Bovey Tracey.  The apple trees in the orchard are beginning to bloom and the lambs have all been born.  Put  them both together and this is what you have – grass mowers getting ready for a Full Bloom Festival.

Yes, the Rangers and the sheep are preparing for the first ever celebration of the new apple blossom.

On Sunday 8 May, we will be inviting families to join us with their picnics for a day of fun in the orchard.

MED Theatre Group will be doing a workshop for people to join in entitled Trees for Life; Grimspound Morris will be performing their own unique dances; there will be games, activities and trails for the kids, making it a fun day out for all.  More details to follow or email us on



Plym Valley gains two new Long Term Volunteers

Lucy and Jonathan at Plym ValleyPlym Valley has gained two new Long Term Volunteers to assist with the day to day running of the estate. Lucy Tozer and Jonathan Noades have now settled in to the volunteer accommodation at Miners’ Cottage.

Lucy is working alongside Steph Rodgers as a Community Engagement Assistant. She is new to the area, having moved from the south coast of Cornwall, where she volunteered with the local National Trust, Wildlife Trust, Cornwall Seal Group and the RSPB. Education and engagement is Lucy’s main interest and she is keen to discover the abundant wildlife that can be found in Plymbridge Woods and the Upper Plym.

Jonathan is assisting Plym Valley Ranger Peter Davies with the upkeep and preservation of this naturally diverse estate. Having recently graduated with a degree in Environmental Science from the University of Plymouth, he is already familiar with the area. Jonathan has taken a dedicated interest in the vast array of archaeological artefacts around the Dewerstone area and on the Upper Plym. He looks forward to working on preserving such treasures, as well as undertaking a variety of tasks, to conserve the natural vitality of the landscape.

If you see either of them, please do not hesitate to stop and say hello.

Archaeological surveys on the Upper Plym

Upper PlymNational Trust volunteer John Smith (pictured) is once again braving the elements of the Upper Plym to undertake the annual archaeological surveys. John has been monitoring the condition of the internationally renowned, historic and pre-historic remnants of the area for several years, reporting on their condition and strengthening previous survey work. Artefacts examined include hut circles, stone rows and cists dating back to the Bronze Age, as well as medieval farmsteads and rabbit warrens. The surveys form part of the estates management to ensure the survival of such archaeological treasures for generations to come. With John’s help, it is hoped a guided walk will be made available to download from the NT website, allowing any budding “Time Team” enthusiasts, to discover some of these amazing artefacts for themselves.