1. 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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    2. Dendles Waste – medieval farmstead

      A DPA work party of volunteers gathered in the car park of the Cornwood Inn on Saturday 21st November, a propitious meeting place! On cue, Andrea, our local Dartmoor Ranger appeared with her large four-wheel drive vehicle to transport our tools, including four brush-cutters, and our rucksacks to the work site. This was a very…

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    3. 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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    4. 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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    5. Plymouth Leat – against the weather forecast!

      Sometimes I sit here and wonder what the whats-it can I say that hasn’t been said already – the joy of being a regular blogger! The DPA’s intrepid volunteers were out again on Friday 1st November, on the Plymouth Leat, built (profitably) by Sir Francis Drake, which became operational on 24th April 1591. The water…

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    6. 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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    7. Stannon Row revisited

      One of the DPA’s conservation projects is to uncover a secret, hidden stone row from the Bronze Age, this being approximately 2,500-800 BC, lasting about 1,700 years. On Monday 14th October a group of volunteers gathered in a small disused quarry car park at Merripit Hill, north-east of Postbridge. After the usual preliminaries, such as…

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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. Conservation at Keble Martin’s Chapel, 2013

      A few years ago, there was a proposal to get monuments adopted by groups or individuals under an “Adopt a monument” scheme, to keep them from becoming overgrown. The scheme seems to be working in Scotland but has fallen from view in the rest of the country? This happened just as I visited Keble Martin’s…

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    10. Drake’s Plymouth Leat, a bracken day

      Thursday 5th September saw the DPA volunteers turning out again under a moderately hot sun. It was a good day to carry plenty of liquid – I don’t normally drink between between the regular breaks but I did today, it was warm. The photograph above shows the area where we started, there is previously cleared…

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