1. DPA volunteers at Dendles – part 2

      DPA volunteers met for the second time in the car park of the Cornwood Inn, Cornwood,  prior to setting out to Dendles – the first occasion was on 22nd November 2013. Clearance work was carried out for the conservation of old field walls and the area of the medieval farmstead buildings and associated walls at…

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    2. Mission accomplished – Plymouth Leat project is completed.

      “Keith’s sold his soul to the Devil” – that’s what they said when they saw the weather that we had for the work party on Saturday 11th January.  I know that’s not true, but it was a fantastically beautiful day, wall-to-wall blue sky, and it was due to the bones. Divination by throwing chicken bones is…

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    3. 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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    4. 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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    5. 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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    6. 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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    7. 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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    8. Devonport Leat – PEA and sunshine, again

      PEA (Plymouth Environmental Action) joined DPA on the leat again on Saturday 12th November, making this the 9th work day on the project. We continued to take trees out of the leat, where they never would have been when the leat was flowing and also from the close banks to open up a footpath. We…

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