To mark the date when Exmoor National Park came into being, we’ve decided to make 19th October #NationalExmoorDay to share what we find wonderful about our 267 square miles of National Park.
Exmoor National Park came into being on 19th October 1954 when the Designation Order made by the National Parks Commission was confirmed by the then Minister for Housing and Local Government Harold Macmillan – making us the 8th National Park to come into being. Continue reading
Exmoor National Park has recently hosted (for a day) two Physics teachers who are spending their September running off-road marathons in each of the 15 National Parks in the UK. But it’s not just about the running – Claire Aspinall and Pam Ellison are also aiming to show how the Science curriculum can be brought to life outdoors. They also want people to pledge to visit a National Park to discover how outdoor learning can educate, inspire and inform. You can make your pledge here. Continue reading
As schools and colleges get their new terms underway, this article reflects on this summer when Exmoor National Park hosted a number of work experience students from schools and colleges in the local region in August. Judging by the feedback received from both students and employees at the National Park, everyone found it a really useful and enjoyable learning experience. The students covered a whole range of activities from checking disused mine sites through learning how to sterilise crayfish to teaching other children about rivers with a working model in a town centre! Continue reading
We’re delighted to see that Exmoor’s Volunteer Path Watchers have been shortlisted for the Campaign for National Parks’ Park Protector Award, which recognises, rewards and celebrates exceptional projects that make a lasting contribution to the protection, restoration or conservation of the National Parks of England. Our volunteers are amazing people and everyone at Exmoor National Park Authority knows we couldn’t do without them!
Back in July, to mark the 60th anniversary of The Duke of Edinburgh Award Scheme, the Lord Lieutenant of Somerset, Annie Maw, completed a 60 mile trek across the county in her Tramper (an electric all-terrain vehicle). To celebrate her achievement, she has kindly allowed us to share her memories of the morning of Day 3 when she conquered the heights of Dunkery, ably supported by Dan Barnett and Tim Parish from Exmoor National Park.
We’re delighted to say one of our #CareMoor for Exmoor supporters, Miles Tea and Coffee, based in Porlock, is helping us promote our beautiful scenery through an interactive social media campaign. We’re looking for Tweeters and Facebookers to post scenic views of Exmoor with a #SelfTea ie to include a Miles product in your picture too. The three best ones we receive by Monday 12th September will win a selection of Miles Tea and Coffee products.
Today is the start of National Parks Week when we celebrate all the wonders of Britain’s breathing spaces and this year’s theme is ‘adventure’. So to get the week’s hullaballoo off to a flying start, National Parks UK have teamed up with Mission Explore to launch their latest adventure book for children Mission Explore: National Parks. Promoting the idea of being a guerrilla explorer, these pocket sized books are filled with challenges and adventures for children to try out and keep a record of when they are in one of the UK’s 15 National Parks.