Dartmoor Preservation Association joins collaborative campaign to ‘Save Our National Parks’

January 2024 – To celebrate the 75th anniversary year of National Parks, the nine National Park Societies from across England have signed a joint-letter calling on the political parties to put forward bold manifesto commitments at the next election to restore protected landscapes. The letter, co-signed by Campaign for National Parks, highlights the vital role…

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DPA Joins the Nature2030 Campaign

September 2023 – We are one of the voices alongside Campaign for National Parks, National Trust, RSPB and the Wildlife Trusts calling out for Government to take action to improve the state of nature across England’s protected sites, National Parks and Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty. These places are meant to be some of the…

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DNPA Wins Backpack Camping Appeal

31st July 2023 – Historic Court of Appeal Ruling Restores Backpack Camping Rights in Dartmoor National Park “We are delighted with the court’s decision today, it is the right and fair judgement for so many that love Dartmoor. It reaffirms that rights are more valuable than mere permissions. The DPA has a long and deep…

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Decision Deferred: the Backpack Camping Appeal Gets its Day in Court

July 2023 – On 18 July the DPA joined a resolute gathering as it took place outside the Royal Courts of Justice, where individuals and organisations stood in solidarity with Right to Roam and The Stars are for Everyone, while the court heard arguments concerning open air recreation and backpack camping in Dartmoor National Park.…

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0043/23 – Dolbeare Meadow Business Park Dolbeare Meadow , Ashburton, TQ13 7FL

Erection of five flexible non-retail Class E (c), (d), (e), (f) and (g) business units, one electric vehicle charge park with cafe building and drive-thru facilities, with associated landscaping and infrastructure https://dartmoor-online.tascomi.com/planning/index.html?fa=getApplication&id=161228 The Dartmoor Preservation Association CIO are opposed specifically to the ”drive-thru” coffee shop element of this development.In general we welcome investment to the…

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Drake’s Leat Bracken Cutting

Ken McGuire

June 2023 – The first bracken cutting event of the season for the Volunteers on Drake’s Leat last Friday, with ponies as interested spectators! Roborough Earthworks and around 250m of leat cleared in the day, a good effort by all. Photo taken by Ken McGuire

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Pudsham Orchid Count

On Wednesday 14th June, the DPA volunteers, assisted by volunteers from Devon Wildlife, carried out the annual count of the 4 types of orchid found in profusion in our meadows at Pudsham. It was encouraging to find that, despite the hot, dry weather, the numbers of Greater Butterfly, Southern Marsh, Heath Spotted and Twayblade orchids…

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Pudsham Open Day 2023

Thank you to everyone who attended our open day at Pudsham Hay Meadows on 11th June. The Open Day attracted 39 visitors to see the meadow flowers including a spectacular show of orchids. The oldest visitor was 102 years old! She enjoyed sitting under the awning before heading off to Buckland in the Moor village…

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