1. The Volunteers have been good this year

      The volunteers must have been good as they had a surprise visitor to their workday at Raddick last Wednesday, 7th December. Santa arrived bearing gifts of mulled wine and mince pies. He even offered to help. Before his arrival, 12 busy volunteers had been clearing the remaining cairns in the cairn field and making pathways…

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    2. Pudsham hay meadows workday

      On Tuesday 29th November, we had a good day with 17 of us appearing at the Pudsham hay meadows that are now owned by the DPA.  We cleared lots of scrub to increase the area of wild flowers that typify this increasingly scarce habitat.  Much of the cut material was burnt and some stacked to form a habitat…

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    3. Roborough Camp conservation work

      On 25th November the DPA conservation volunteers returned to Roborough Camp to cut regrown gorse, we had been there on 1st July cutting bracken on the hilltop features.  This time we were cutting gorse that was originally cut in 2004, in the area just north-east of the hilltop.  This area contains a number of pits…

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    4. High House Waste work day

      11 volunteers  cut the bracken around the farmstead archaeological features on High House Waste, one of the DPA land holdings, on Monday 27th June and replaced the Frank Beech gate.  They also made good the ground below the gate.      

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    5. A walk around Sharpitor, including DPA land.

      We climbed up the hill to Goatstone Pond, taking in Bronze Age cairns, stone rows and a cist.  Then we contoured along the hillside to the war time radio location station on Peek Hill (RAF Sharpitor), and considered the reasons behind the DPA’s purchase of land at Sharpitor.  We walked along the ridge to Sharpitor,…

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    6. DPA gets its own logo’d vehicle

      As a result of the Dendles workday cancellation, on Thursday 10th March, any interested volunteers and thus potential drivers were invited to Roborough Down to see the spanking new Isuzu D Max Pick-up in shining white livery with the DPA logos. In beautiful sunshine Derek arrived in the pick-up and showed off its potential to…

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    7. Valentine’s Day walk on Wigmore Down

      A dozen DPA members met up on Valentine’s Day and walked from just north of Cadover Bridge.  We passed a number of prehistoric remains on the way to Dewerstone and then walked down into the Meavy valley , joining the West Devon Way to Clearbrook and up again via Hoomeavy to Wigford Down where we…

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    8. Drake’s (Plymouth) Leat finished!

      Friday 8th January 2016 – the DPA Conservation Team reached another landmark by finishing the clearance work along Drake’s Leat that brought water into Plymouth on 24th April 1591.  We had started with bracken cutting on 16th June 2015.  Bearing in mind that we had cancelled three work days before Christmas due to bad weather,…

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    9. Dartmoor’s Highest – DPA walk

      On Saturday 10 October, 13 members of DPA walked to Dartmoor’s highest point, the Yes Tor/High Willhays ridge.  Unfortunately, low cloud at about 1500 ft obscured the views on some of the first half of the walk but caused no problems in navigation.  Having had lunch at the top of Yes Tor, we returned over…

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    10. 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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