This post has been written by our Moor to Enjoy Project Coordinator, Lucy McQuillan. Lucy has a background in community development over 21 years working with families, young people, groups with learning difficulties and older people on the Scottish Inner Hebridean Islands, and at the Lake District National Park Authority, Campaign for National Parks (CNP) and Exmoor National Park Authority. Through these various roles, Lucy has seen the benefits that being out in nature has on people’s mental health and quality of life. She also believes passionately that the more people understand and experience, the more they will campaign and work to protect our only home Planet Earth. Once you’ve read the article, please contact Lucy to start planning your group’s visit to Exmoor and experience all the below points for yourself – Exmoor National Park is good for you!
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!
In the first project of its kind to be funded in England, Exmoor National Park Authority secured 3 years’ funding from Devon and Somerset Health and Wellbeing Boards in 2014. Taking the Five Ways to Wellbeing as its starting point, this project aims to demonstrate how being in the natural environment enables those small changes in an individual’s behaviour that contribute to improving physical and mental health. And key to this is building the opportunities and capacity to support getting people to visit, connect and enjoy Exmoor National Park.