Dartmoor Conservation Garden

(a project of the Dartmoor Preservation Association)

Summer & Autumn 2017 Events Programme

SATURDAY JULY 8th (10.30 – 3pm) Dartmoor’s Mires and Bogs, with the Launch of Dartmoor Conservation Garden’s mini-blanket bog

An illustrated talk on the ecology and botany of Dartmoor’s blanket bogs and mires, followed by a guided walk by Dartmoor expert ecologist Sue Goodfellow, with Jasmine Atkinson, Community Engagement Officer of the Magnificent Mires Project which is supported by the National Lottery’s Heritage Fund. The talk is at the Old Duchy Hotel, Princetown with a visit to launch the newly developed mini-blanket bog area within the Dartmoor Conservation Garden. Then Sue will lead a guided walk to explore valley mire ecology at the Devon Wildlife Trust’s managed area at Emsworthy, near Hay Tor. Cost: £18 whole event (concessions £12, children under 16 free with an accompanying adult.) Booking is essential – places limited.

SATURDAY JULY 29th Explore the Science of wild Dartmoor – A Fun Families and Communities FREE drop-in event between 12 – 4pm

Learn about the special plants that inhabit Dartmoor’s mires and blanket bogs including the amazing sphagnum mosses. A range of fun events for all ages with bug-hunting, plant trails, science experiments and nature crafts. Everyone has the chance to make your own plant dial to take on your next Dartmoor walk! Explore our new mini-bog created with help from the Magnificent Mires project, a DPA partnership with Devon Wildlife Trust, Duchy of Cornwall and the DNPA. Event led by Jasmine Atkinson, Community Engagement Officer of the Magnificent Mires Project. No booking needed. FREE.

SATURDAY SEPT. 9th (10.30 – 3pm) Dartmoor’s Upland Heaths & Moors

Join Sue Goodfellow, Dartmoor expert ecologist, guide and DNPA’s ex-Director of Conservation, who is giving an illustrated talk on the botany and ecology of our upland heaths and moorlands, held at the Old Duchy Hotel, Princetown. This is followed by a visit to identify heathland plants within the Dartmoor Conservation Garden, and a guided walk onto heather moorland near Bennett’s Cross and the Warren House Inn. Cost: £18 whole event (concessions £12, children under 16 free with an accompanying adult.). Booking is essential as places are limited.

SATURDAY SEPT. 23rd (6 – 8pm) Twilight Equinox Tales from Dartmoor

As the evenings draw in and autumn arrives, join us for a twilight session of stories, tales and myths from Dartmoor vividly told by local master storyteller, Spindle Wayfarer, whilst sitting around a covered fire-pit in the garden as the sun goes down. Free hot drinks available. Bring your own rugs, cushions, torches and warm clothes. For all ages, under 12’s to come with an adult. FREE but please book to attend.

FRIDAY OCTOBER 13th 10.30 – 3pm Dartmoor’s Ancient Valley Woodlands

Join Sue Goodfellow, Dartmoor expert ecologist, guide and the DNPA’s ex-Director of Conservation, who will give a talk with slides on the ecology and botany of ancient valley woodlands at the Old Duchy Hotel, Princetown, followed by a botanical stroll around the Dartmoor Conservation Garden. Sue will then lead us on a guided walk in the beautiful ancient woodlands of the River Dart valley near New Bridge. Cost: £18 whole event (concessions £12, children under 16 free with an accompanying adult.) Booking essential.

The Dartmoor Conservation Garden is a free public access educational garden, sited behind the National Park Visitor Centre in Princetown, hosting historic granite features from Dartmoor, wild-planted with local native species showcasing some typical habitats. It is a project of the Dartmoor Preservation

Association, with support by the Dartmoor National Park Authority.

Venue: Unless stated otherwise, all events take place within the Dartmoor Conservation Garden, or in the nearby Old Duchy Hotel beside the National Park Visitor Centre, Princetown.

Payment: Payment is taken on the day by cash or by cheques (payable to the Dartmoor Preservation Association.) Concessions are available for anyone on low income, students and under 18’s.

Bookings and information:

Contact Pat Fleming Tel: 01364 631233

Email: wylde@gn.apc.org

Events information on the DPA website:

www.dartmoorpreservation.com/events