1. Plymouth Leat milestone reached

      The DPA Conservation Team gathered again near Clearbrook, on Roborough Common, on Friday 17th September 2015 under a somewhat leaden sky – the weather showed us both sunshine and a light shower during the day. By the “close of play”, we had reached the road – Roborough Down Lane, which is a milestone along the…

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    2. New Project – Mardon Down

      The DPA volunteers (and you can join us!) started a new project on Wednesday 26th August 2015 on Mardon Down.  This is an area that is rich with Bronze Age archaeology as well as more recent features, particularly from WWII. The meeting point was beside the Headless Cross, otherwise known as the Maximajor Stone after the…

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    3. Bracken “bashing” starts again, 16th June 2015

      Tuesday 16th June saw the trusty DPA Conservation team starting work again, clearing bracken on Roborough Common. We started at “The Camp” – the old Iron Age hilltop structure and moved onto Drake’s 1591 Plymouth Leat after the morning coffee break. This team doesn’t hang around! The bracken growth seems to be a lot less…

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    4. Dendles

      Dendles farmstead was been obscured by conifers for almost 40 years until 15 years or so ago.  After that, stock were excluded from the area to allow regeneration of native tree species, but gorse, bramble and rank grasses grew to such an extent that the farmstead was again invisible.   The DPA conservation volunteers have…

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    5. Princetown Churchyard Restoration

      The DPA Conservation Team gathered in Princetown on Thursday 12th February to do some clearance work in the churchyard. The main problem was that the grass had not been cut for some time. The volunteers set to work brush-cutters and hand tools. Meanwhile ….. at the top end of the churchyard, two young beech trees…

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    6. A brilliant day on Devonport Leat

      Friday 6th February saw the motley crew that is the DPA Conservation Team assembling in the car park beside Plymouth Leat on the road down to Clearbrook.  Derek met us there to collect my own tools and then drove via Chub Tor to the end of the tarmac road to deliver the tools to the…

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    7. Devonport Leat on a sunny day

      Perhaps I should thank Helios, the Greek sun god? Friday 23rd January was a quite glorious day on our part of Dartmoor, as the photos below show, although the sun faded just as we finished work, with perfect timing. When I got home, the rain set in – the weather forecast was quite accurate. This…

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    8. Plymouth and Devonport Leats – two for the price of one!

      Friday 9th January was a grey day as the DPA Conservation Team congregated in the car park by the leat on the road down to Clearbrook.  The group was split into two parties with four people driving to the end section of Drake’s Plymouth Leat while the remainder walked to the west end of the tunnel…

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    9. DPA Christmas tree lights up again.

      After a successful workday on Tuesday, on Raddick Bronze Age settlement, when at last the weather was good and so were the views, volunteers adjourned to the self-sown spruce just inside our land on Sharpitor.    Courtesy of Derek there were lights on the tree and carols.   To restore our energies after working there…

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    10. Learning about Dartmoor’s history with the Exmoor Society

      Saturday May 11th was our turn to host the Exmoor Society for a walk on Dartmoor. Each spring and autumn we take it in turns to have an “awayday” exploring the other society’s home patch. Exmoor and Dartmoor share many aspects in common, not least being south-west uplands, but each area has it’s own character,…

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