As an organisation we want to be as well known for our work in the countryside as we are for our work with our houses and gardens. We also want to appeal to all sections of society regardless of age.
To that end we have spent the last 6 months preparing for the Dartmoor 10 Tors Challenge organised and run by the Army. This year for the very first time we had our own team ‘National Trust Wild Tribe’. The team consisted of 3 girls and 3 boys aged 14-15. They set off on saturday morning at 7am and completed a course which included Sourton, Kitty, Lynch, Great Mis, Black, Beardown, Higher White, Sittaford (where they camped) Hound and Shilstone Tors before returning to Okehampton camp. They carried full kit including camping gear, cooking equipment and food. Their course was 35 miles as the crow flies and I guess they went around 40 miles in 28 hours – total respect!
Amazing – well done and thanks to Freddie (Team Leader), Emma, Harley, Annie, Laurence and Jasmine.
You can read more and see additional photos about Wild Tribe on my blog here.
The National Trust are really grateful to Paul, Team Manager at the Maynard School Exeter, Nigel, Team Manager at Torquay Girls’ Grammar School and Peter, Team Manager at Torquay Boys’ Grammar School for all their help in mentoring us this year. Without their help, guidance and advice there would have been no Wild Tribe. Thanks finally also to the Army to organising the event and letting us join in.