“The Walker” Unveiled

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Last week saw the unveiling by BBC Countryfile’s John Craven of a new statue on The Esplanade in Lynmouth. Called “The Walker”, the statue was commissioned to mark the end of the Coleridge Way, as well as pinpointing the closing stage of the Two Moors Way. And the Exmoor weather played its part too, basking everyone in glorious sunshine.

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View from…. Work Experience Students

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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

New Open Air Theatre in Valley of Rocks

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We’re delighted to host this article by self-confessed Exmoorphile Helena Payne on Midsummer’s Day about the new Pleasure Dome Theatre at the Valley of Rocks. Launching this summer with Macbeth (2nd – 20th August), Helena gives us an insight into her childhood dream to bring open-air theatre to Exmoor.

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Moor to Enjoy for Health & Wellbeing

5WaysToWellbeingPosterIn 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.

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Help Get Devon Buzzing!

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Our latest article has kindly been provided by the Devon Local Nature Partnership about how we can make Devon as pollinator-friendly as possible.

You may have heard that our vital UK pollinators are in decline with a number of key species going extinct in the region? To raise the profile of what’s happening with these valuable insects, the Devon LNP want us to sign the Devon Pollinators Pledge and celebrate these amazing insects throughout July 2016 as Devon’s Pollinators’ Month.

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Name this Filly (sorry, but “Foaly McFoal Face” not allowed!)

Here’s something for the kids to do over the half-term holiday (and yes, that includes the ‘grown up’ kids too!). We have a lovely Exmoor filly who needs a name – so her owner has kindly allowed us to set up a competition for the public to name her. And mindful of a recent naming competition (which eventually was a winner for Sir David Attenborough), the winning entry will be selected by the owner – local author Victoria Eveleigh.

AND WE HAVE A WINNER! Our Exmoor foal is to be called FOLLY.

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