1. Who we are

      The Dartmoor Preservation Association is an independent member organisation that helps to look after Dartmoor The DPA was founded in 1883 amidst concerns that land management of Dartmoor by the Duchy of Cornwall was threatening to extinguish the ancient rights of commoners on the moor. Interest in Dartmoor’s landscape, archaeology and natural history had been…

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    2. Our Land Holdings

      The DPA owns four pieces of land on Dartmoor. All were bought to preserve their special qualities. There are two areas of open moor (Sharpitor and Swincombe), one enclosed area of moorland and woodland (High House Waste) and one enclosed area of hay meadows (Pudsham).

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    3. Our History

      The Dartmoor Preservation Association (DPA) was founded in 1883 to help look after Dartmoor – an area in south-west England which contains some of the finest landscapes in the country. It is one of the oldest environmental or amenity bodies in the UK. It started amidst concerns that the ancient rights of commoners on the…

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    4. DPA Privacy Statement

      Dartmoor Preservation Association General Privacy Notice At the Dartmoor Preservation Association (DPA) we are committed to protecting and respecting peoples’ privacy. Whilst this Notice is primarily aimed at our members, it is also applicable to others with whom we interact. Please be assured that we will NEVER sell your details, or share them without obtaining…

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    5. The Trustees

      A charity in law The Dartmoor Preservation Association operates as a charity in law. Members of the Board of Trustees have four key roles to play in contributing to the decision-making of the Association: to determine the Association’s policies, and approve and monitor programmes to implement those policies including financial affairs; to participate in the development…

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    6. Policies of the Association

      We are often asked what the DPA stands for. In response to this we collated a list of policies dealing with some of the main issues on Dartmoor. Our policies are subject to frequent review and amendment where appropriate. We encourage members to comment on policies. Policies are discussed and formulated at regular meetings of…

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    7. Working with Other Organisations

      Working in Partnership Working in Partnership has become a major development within the DPA over the past few years. The Dartmoor Preservation Association recognises that every individual or organisation that takes an interest in Dartmoor has a part to play in its future. The DPA is making every effort to work in partnership. By sharing…

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    8. Constitution

      Constitution Constitution for the Dartmoor Preservation Association Charitable Incorporated Organisation (Registration No: 1182974) “the CIO” as approved at the AGM 25th May 2019 Name The name of the CIO shall be “Dartmoor Preservation Association” Office location The principal office of the CIO is in Princetown, Devon, England. Its principal area of operation shall consist of…

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    9. Energy

      It is felt by many that National Parks in the 21st century should be exemplars of sustainable development and living and should support innovative solutions to public transport, low carbon lifestyles and the generation of renewable energy. In some respects Dartmoor would seem ideally suited to renewable energy. Although not noted for its abundant sunshine,…

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    10. Minerals & Quarrying

      Dartmoor has a rich mineral heritage. Evidence of tin working on the moor dates from earliest times and the extraction of clay has been an important activity since the mediaeval period. Around the edges of Dartmoor, the metamorphic aureole has provided the resources for a variety of historic mining enterprises. But these days, Dartmoor is…

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