Moor Medieval Symposium

We’ve had a superb response to our symposium. All the general release tickets have now been booked! I am waiting to hear from a few invited guests to make sure they are coming. If there are any spare tickets I will release them on February 16th

You will be able to book them through http://moormedieval.brownpapertickets.com

If you are unable to attend or have not been able to get a ticket but are interested in the Moor Medieval Project and any future events please email me so I can keep you informed and I can add you to our regular newsletter update

Andy Bailey –  abailey@dartmoor.gov.uk

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February Scheme News

Its been a busy first month for the MTMTE project team, getting to grips with the overall scheme and the individual projects that make it up. We are now very much at home in our office up at Princetown and happy to say hello to all of you if you are popping by. The weather has proved a bit tricky on a couple of occasions with snow and ice but nothing to stop us yet! You get a real sense of the whole scheme and how it sits in such a dynamic landscape as you drive through it each morning.

The team has been out and about visiting some of the projects. We got out earlier in the month for an excellent tour of Higher Uppacott, medieval longhouse to discover why it is so special and see what works were planned for this year as part of MTMTE

Project leads

With 28 projects making up the overall scheme MTMTE will be working closely with the individual project leads to ensure we deliver what we said we would and on budget. The first project leads meeting was held on Thursday 5th February at Ilsington Village Hall and it provided an opportunity to meet up with the new team and share progress so far.  It was also a chance to see the bigger picture and how the projects fit together to tell the story of the people and landscape of Dartmoor over 4,000 years.

Landscape Partnership Board Meeting

The Board will meet quarterly to provide an executive role overseeing the management of the scheme and the project team. The next board meeting will be on Wednesday 27th February at Princetown

Working with local schools

It has been a busy month working with the new MTMTE team and helping them become more familiar with the fantastic range of projects that make up the scheme.

In between I have been working with Chudleigh Knighton C of E Primary School and Moretonhampstead Primary School developing links between the schools and the National Nature Reserve at East Dartmoor.

These visits have helped the children explore the natural world both on their doorstep and out at the reserve.

On the 29th January I worked with Moretonhampstead taking part in the RSPB Big Schools Birdwatch. I went into the school and helped them survey their school grounds and introduced them to basic bird id techniques. The day was also an opportunity to discuss the Moorland Birds project which is part of MTMTE.

The children had a great time, although it did become increasingly wintery as the day progressed. Roll on the spring and birdwatching in the sunshine!

As part of the Woodland Trust’s work with MTMTE there will be a Woodcraft Activity Day for schools on Friday 13th February and a public open day on the 14th. Chudleigh Knighton and Widecombe Primary schools are booked in and will investigate woodland management past and present- watching a mobile saw mill processing felled timber and working with Running Deer to look at traditional greenwoodcrafts such as polelathing and hurdle making. Chudleigh Knighton will be able to see timber being planked which will become a seat in their school grounds where they do their forest school sessions

For more information contact Andy Bailey abailey@dartmoor.gov.uk

Parishscapes Update

Emma-Stockley-IDBadgeI’m Emma Stockley, the Community Heritage Officer. Now that myself and the rest of the MTMTE team are in post and settling into our roles at our Princetown base, work has started in earnest to get four of the fourteen parish projects off the ground and running.  Over the last few weeks, we have been looking at some of the project proposals that have been put forward and will be meeting with Moretonhampstead and Ashburton to look at how these projects fit within MTMTE and its broad aims.  Some members of the MTMTE team made a site visit to North Bovey two weeks ago and have since been providing advice and guidance to complement North Bovey’s project ideas.  We’re looking forward to attending a parish meeting soon to discuss the ideas with the wider community.  A visit to Lustleigh Archives last week was a great opportunity for us to meet some of those taking part in Parishscapes and to discuss ideas and locations for potential Parishscapes projects.  Between them, the four parishes have come up with a fantastically varied array of ideas and we hope that some (if not all!) will be underway very soon.  If you are from another parish in the MTMTE area, we’d love to hear from you and discuss your ideas and how we might be able to support them.

For more information contact Emma Stockley 01822 890904 or email estockley@dartmoor.gov.uk

Developing new EcoSkills

The Ecoskills trainees (from l to r Patrick, Rebekah, Emma)

The Ecoskills trainees (from l to r Patrick, Rebekah, Emma)

Meet Emma, Patrick and Rebekah, trainees that have just started as part of the EcoSkills project. With their initial training already under way at East Dartmoor NNR, they are developing their skills and experience to complement their underpinning knowledge. For example, Emma, who has a passion for public engagement, is already getting involved in educational events at Yarner Wood and beyond. Patrick, with a focus on habitat and countryside management, is busy organising groups of people to assist with practical tasks at the Reserve. Rebekah, driven by her ecological knowledge and flair, is carrying out wildlife monitoring and research.

To ensure that the trainees maintain an overview of applied conservation management, they won’t limit their training and experience to their specialist areas, and they’ll be working together closely as a team to learn as much as possible from each other. Being part of the wider MTMTE scheme also gives each of them a great opportunity to match their personal development needs with a range of projects.

 

Here’s what the trainees think so far:

Emma: “EcoSkills is exactly what I needed to bridge the gap between my previous work and studies, and the reality of the career path I want. This week I’m doing 4×4 and Forest School training – I couldn’t be happier!”

Patrick: “EcoSkills is enabling me to put my knowledge and training into practice on a variety of habitats whilst working with and learning from the MTMTE partnership organisations and other volunteers. Judging by this first month, it’s going to be a fun and busy year!”

Rebekah: “So far, EcoSkills has enabled me to network with like-minded people, learn new practical skills and explore ecological research opportunities within the Reserve. It will provide me with invaluable experience for my future career in nature conservation!”

To see how the trainees get on, check out their new blog ecoskills.wordpress.com.
For more information contact Linda Corkerton linda.corkerton@naturalengland.org.uk

 

Symposium will launch Moor Medieval Project

Moor Medieval

The Moor Medieval project will be launched with a symposium to look at daily life on Dartmoor during the Middle Ages. The symposium takes place on Saturday 28th February and brings together five leading historians- Nat Alcock, John Allan, Tom Greeves, John Thorpe and Ian Mortimer.

It is hoped that this will be the start of a series of activities that will allow us to understand the fascinating medieval landscape of Dartmoor.

For more information about the programme and how to book your ticket  go to http://moormedieval.brownpapertickets.com