Meeting of minds between health & natural environment

PHE Visit

The Public Health England South West Health & Wellbeing Team visited Exmoor National Park in June 2017 for a team building and away day! The team, who work to promote the health and wellbeing of the population across the South West, were keen to chat with the Exmoor National Park team, and experience the wellbeing benefits of Exmoor’s open spaces for themselves!

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Pointing Us in the Right Direction

Signpost_Porlock Post2

A project to refurbish our cherished historic signposts driven by local people and parishes was given a boost by being awarded Heritage Lottery Funding late in 2016 for a two-year project to December 2018. This allowed the appointment of Charlotte Thomas to act as a co-ordinator and enabler for the project based at the National Park office in Dulverton. This article introduces Charlotte and explores the distinctive character of Exmoor’s cast iron finger posts.

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National Parks Week 2017


National Parks Week (24th to 30th July) provided the opportunity to discover, discuss and share the differences our National Parks make to each of us. We asked the question “What makes Exmoor National Park special for you?” – below are just some of the responses and images we received as to why these 267 square miles mean so much to each of us.

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Pinkery Centre for Outdoor Learning

Pinkery panoramaPinkery Centre for Outdoor Learning provides a unique residential experience for students and school children right in the heart of the old Royal Hunting Forest of Exmoor. Owned and run by Exmoor National Park since 1969, Pinkery’s set-up provides the flexibility to deliver outdoor activities and special interest courses, or simply to be an accommodation stop whilst visiting/working on Exmoor. This article explores what’s available at Pinkery to give you the gen on why it’s the ideal place for hosting field study and outdoor education courses.

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Exploring the Mental Health Benefits of Walking on Exmoor

Punchbowl by Pete Rae

This article is provided by Exmoor resident, Gemma Gates, who is a freelance writer and mother with a passion to improve our mental health. Her previous role involved healthcare in business management and she tries to draw on her experiences to inform her writing, focusing here on the many interesting aspects about how and why being active on Exmoor can improve your health and wellbeing on so many levels – physical and mental. As Lucy McQuillan, Exmoor’s Moor to Enjoy Project Coordinator says “Our National Parks are such great natural NHS’s! Once you’ve read the article, contact me to find out what support there is available to bring a group out to Exmoor and experience all the below points for yourself – Exmoor National Park is good for you!”

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Get Involved Exmoor Conference 2017

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7th June 2017 at The Beach Hotel in Minehead saw our annual Get Involved Exmoor Conference 2017 – a celebration of volunteering and all the wonderful benefits it has to offer, both to the individual and the wider environment of Exmoor National Park. What better way to thank all our volunteers – bringing everyone together to share their knowledge and skills.

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