Flower Power

To mention an interest of flowers in many circles is to perform social suicide. An aesthetic appreciation of landscapes however seems to be more acceptable. Only last week we had a group of work men from Plymouth volunteering with us. One bloke whilst looking across the teign gorge turned to his collegues and announced, “its alright here init”. Which was greeted with sage agreeement. Would that have happened had he pointed at a primrose?! but what about the flower as a landscape? I have yet to see even the most dissimissive of people fail to appreciate a British bluebell wood in spring.

In these parts there is an altogether rarer beast, the wild daffodil. I tracked my prey to a known hotspot Dunsford Woods and was not disappointed as the photo testifies. So get down to Dunsford wood in the next couple of weeks, but only if you’re man enough!

Spring is in the air

It’s that time of year to get back into the countryside and visit some of your favourite places, woodlands and coastal footpaths.
If you are a National Trust member then you will be already enjoying all the beautiful places in our care; discovering our stunning coastline, walking through unspoilt countryside, exploring magnificent country houses and being inspired by fantastic gardens.
National Trust membership gives free entry to over 300 beautiful houses and gardens and the most stunning coastline and countryside. On top of this you will also benefit from free parking in over 100 National Trust car parks plus members receive a free Welcome Pack including a Handbook to help plan your days out.
You will also regularly be kept up to date with events in your area – so you can really make the most of your membership.
However, If you are not already a member then maybe I can help.

Jeff BoveyHi, my name is Jeff Bovey, I am a National Trust Countryside Recruiter based at the Dartmoor Office at Parke in Bovey Tracey. You have probably seen me driving my little green van around Dartmoor and the nearby towns and villages. You may have also me at many local agricultural shows including Chagford, Okehampton, Dunsford, Lustleigh and Cornwood in our marquee along with our Dartmoor Rangers providing information and entertainment for both adults and children alike.
I not only able to sign you up as a new member of the Trust offering three months free membership but I am also able provide information and support to our existing members. If you would like to take advantage of this membership offer why don’t you pop over for a chat when you see me out and about or alternatively give me a ring on my mobile 07779-160764 (or phone our Dartmoor Office on 01626-834749) to find out where I am.
During the season, you normally find me on Bedford Square in Tavistock on a Tuesday; in Bank Street, Newton Abbot or Union Street, Torquay on alternative Wednesdays; the Main Car Park in Ivybridge on a Friday and Exeter Moto Services on a Saturday. I look forward to seeing you.

Castle Drogo’s ‘Last chance saloon’ press coverage

Castle Drogo needs your help or its game over – we have just launched a public appeal to raise £1.5M as a contribution towards the £11M cost of saving Drogo forever.

Here is a selction of of the media coverage we have got today:

Westcountry ITV News
The Independent
The Daily Telegraph
Culture 24
Guardian Editorial

If you want to support the appeal go to here

You can also follow the Castle Drogo campaign on twitter at www.twitter.com@savecastledrogo and on facebook at www.facebook.com/savecastledrogo