1. Plymouth Leat milestone reached

      The DPA Conservation Team gathered again near Clearbrook, on Roborough Common, on Friday 17th September 2015 under a somewhat leaden sky – the weather showed us both sunshine and a light shower during the day. By the “close of play”, we had reached the road – Roborough Down Lane, which is a milestone along the…

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    2. New Project – Mardon Down

      The DPA volunteers (and you can join us!) started a new project on Wednesday 26th August 2015 on Mardon Down.  This is an area that is rich with Bronze Age archaeology as well as more recent features, particularly from WWII. The meeting point was beside the Headless Cross, otherwise known as the Maximajor Stone after the…

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    3. 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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    4. Dendles

      Dendles farmstead was been obscured by conifers for almost 40 years until 15 years or so ago.  After that, stock were excluded from the area to allow regeneration of native tree species, but gorse, bramble and rank grasses grew to such an extent that the farmstead was again invisible.   The DPA conservation volunteers have…

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    5. Devonport Leat – end of season

      Thursday 5th March was the last day on Devonport Leat as the winter conservation season winds down, before the nesting season begins.  We met behind Roborough Rock and the small car park across the main road and then walked along the leat to the day’s starting point, while Derek and Keith took tools and some of…

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    6. Devonport Leat on a sunny day

      Perhaps I should thank Helios, the Greek sun god? Friday 23rd January was a quite glorious day on our part of Dartmoor, as the photos below show, although the sun faded just as we finished work, with perfect timing. When I got home, the rain set in – the weather forecast was quite accurate. This…

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    7. Plymouth and Devonport Leats – two for the price of one!

      Friday 9th January was a grey day as the DPA Conservation Team congregated in the car park by the leat on the road down to Clearbrook.  The group was split into two parties with four people driving to the end section of Drake’s Plymouth Leat while the remainder walked to the west end of the tunnel…

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    8. 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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    9. Bracken cutting at Shapley Common’s Cullacombe Head farmsteads

      Friday 2nd August saw a group of volunteers from the DPA arrive at Shapley Common, to be joined by a large group of Devon County Council apprentices. The tasks for the day were firstly a brief introduction to the archaeology, starting at this location, “Farmstead A”, this being one of three in the area. The…

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    10. 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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