1. Devonport Leat – 6 Mar. 2014

      It started with a quick sortie to get a puncture repair kit for the wheelbarrow that was required to carry some tools. Go Outdoors was nearest and I have used their green “Slime” before. At about 9.30 am I was in the Clearbrook car park removing the valve from the flat tyre, squirting in the…

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    2. DPA volunteers at Dendles – part 2

      DPA volunteers met for the second time in the car park of the Cornwood Inn, Cornwood,  prior to setting out to Dendles – the first occasion was on 22nd November 2013. Clearance work was carried out for the conservation of old field walls and the area of the medieval farmstead buildings and associated walls at…

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    3. Mission accomplished – Plymouth Leat project is completed.

      “Keith’s sold his soul to the Devil” – that’s what they said when they saw the weather that we had for the work party on Saturday 11th January.  I know that’s not true, but it was a fantastically beautiful day, wall-to-wall blue sky, and it was due to the bones. Divination by throwing chicken bones is…

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    4. Plymouth Leat – another goal achieved

      Monday 9th December saw the DPA volunteers meeting at the main car park beside Plymouth Leat at Clearbrook. The day was a little cool and there was a mist in the valley of the River Meavy ….. The clan gathered in the car park, picked up the tools and then walked back to the finish…

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    5. Plymouth Leat – rapid progress

      Thursday 14th November saw quite a large party of DPA volunteers appearing at Plymouth, or Drake’s, Leat on Roborough Common. The quite amazing news about this work party is that covered close to 650 metres of the leat! Admittedly, some sections had no or next to no growth to deal with. Unfortunately, I was on…

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    6. Conservation day at High House Waste

      Twenty people spent a day of surprisingly good weather on DPA land at High House Waste, north of Cornwood, on Sunday 3rd November, clearing the firebreak for the 2014 swaling and continuing with clearance of gorse from the post-medieval farmstead walls. The photo shows the group by the Sayer gate entrance to High House Waste.  

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    7. Plymouth (Drake’s) Leat once more …..

      I said in the last blog entry for the work on the leat (Fri. 20 Sep) that I must try and take more photos of people working rather than just sat for lunch. This time, Fri. 18th October, I have done that – although it was all a bit rushed near the end of the…

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    8. Gorse control on Drake’s Plymouth Leat

      Friday 20th Sept. saw the volunteers of the DPA Conservation Team in action again, back on the leat built by Sir Francis Drake in 1591 to take water into Plymouth.  Over a five-year period recently, the leat was cleared from a near-total covering of gorse in places to expose it again to public view, for…

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    9. Bracken cutting on Roborough Common

      Following a Spring ‘break’, the DPA volunteers have started into action again. There have been days of bracken cutting on Sharpitor, Leeden Hill, Drake’s Plymouth Leat, Grimspound and Venford Reservoir. I was present for some but not all of these. On Saturday 20th July, we returned to Roborough Common. First, we cleared bracken from the…

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    10. Butterfly conservation – DPA volunteers involved again

      Saturday 1st June 2013 was a bright, sunny, warm summer’s day – that is noteworthy in itself, considering the cold Spring we have just endured. A survey had been called by Jenny Plackett, of Butterfly Conservation, to see if there were Pearl-bordered Fritillary butterflies on the ground at Common Wood, near Horndon, where DPA volunteers…

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