1. Devonport Leat flows again!

      Well, boys and girls of the DPA Conservation Team, I did a reconnaissance visit this morning (in the rain!) and the leat was flowing like a good ‘un! I have never seen so much water in this part of the leat and it was actually running towards Devonport! The photo above shows the stretch where…

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    2. Devonport Leat – Friday 7th December

      The evening before this work party, I foolishly circulated an email containing a screen-shot of the Meteorological Office’s web site showing the forecast for today’s weather. It showed sun symbols, indicating a good, sunny day. The sun did shine, although not a lot. At least, we didn’t get wet! I should have stuck to divination…

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    3. Landmark reached on Devonport Leat!

      Today, Fri. 23rd November, saw the DPA Conservation Team reach a landmark in their scrub clearing on Devonport Leat – we reached the road bridge at the Yelverton end. My Memory Map / GPS track shows this to be 1.79 km along the 2.04 total, meaning that we have 250 metres left to clear! We’re…

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    4. Devonport Leat – Saturday 10th November

      Where do I begin? It was a bright sunny morning when I reached the car park, ready for another day on the leat. The weather forecast was for a mixed day of sunny periods and showers. We did remarkably well, experiencing just one short, sharp shower at lunch-time. On this occasion we were close to…

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    5. Devonport Leat – an even more autumnal day

      Monday 22nd October saw our 21st working day on Devonport Leat. The day was dull, being heavily overcast and if I remember correctly, not a single sunbeam penetrated through the clouds. As ever, we were removing scrub growth in the leat bed and on its close banks, paying particular attention to the lip of each…

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    6. An autumnal day on Devonport Leat

      The DPA Devonport Leat team turned out again on Friday 12th October, for the 20th day of work. We continued cutting largely straggly trees that have grown in or on the banks of the leat, among the more mature trees. The smaller trees are generally not in good shape, often having been broken or grazed…

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    7. A hard day’s work on Devonport Leat – 27th Sept.

      Thursday 27th September 2012 saw our 19th work day on the Devonport Leat project. My previous blog entry was on 6th Sept. when I apologised for recently showing only photographs of the volunteers sitting around at lunch-time – this being because we are too busy to take photos at other times. I made up for…

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    8. What a super day – on Devonport Leat!

      My first email to the leat group was a mistake – I said it was time to put away their sunhats and to get ready for the new leat season! It was actually time to get out their sunhats because on Thursday 6th September we had the most glorious day, with all-day sunshine. This was our 18th…

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    9. Roborough Common’s Leats – Two of Dartmoor’s Jewels

      On Wednesday evening, 18th April, I gave a presentation to the Buckland Monachorum Parish Council AGM at Clearbrook Village Hall. Initially, the Commoners Association were asked to provide someone to talk about the gorse work done on the Plymouth Leat. As I am now managing the current leat work, and we are working on Devonport…

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    10. Devonport Leat – Last work day of the season

      Tuesday 20th March was our 17th and final work day of the season. I was afraid that at one point we had bitten off more than we could chew – but I should have known better – I had forgotten that we had The”A” Team ….. ….. We returned to the section of gorse where…

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