Category Archives: Dartmoor livestock

Barbara was always there

My friend Barbara MacDonald would have been 105 today. I remember her devotion to the Dartmoor cause. Continue reading

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Dee’s centenary

My friend Dee Ivey would have been 100 today, 28 January 2016, and so I am thinking of her especially, and the huge influence she had on me and numerous other pony-loving children. She introduced me to Dartmoor and to its … Continue reading

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What should we tell the children?

My fighting friend Barbara MacDonald (1912-2002), aptly known as ‘the red-haired rebel’, would have been 103 today, 28 August.  Last year I celebrated her birthday by publishing her powerful poem about wilderness.  This year I have reproduced her polemic of 1974, What should we … Continue reading

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Catch the Canine Culprit campaign

Our open upland and uncultivated landscapes are maintained by grazing animals, but the survival of traditional hill farms is increasingly precarious.  One of the tragedies which farmers face is that of sheep worrying by dogs: sheep and lambs are killed … Continue reading

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Barbara MacDonald, my feisty friend

Today my feisty friend Barbara MacDonald (1912-2002) would have been 102 years old. She fought for Dartmoor’s livestock and landscape, she loved to burst the pompous bureaucratic balloon, and she was a straight talker with a great sense of fun.  I wrote … Continue reading

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Challenge for commoners’ chairman

Ian Mercer has stood down as chairman of the Dartmoor Commoners’ Council after serving for nine years. He was only the second chairman in the council’s 27-year existence. The council was set up following implementation of the pioneering Dartmoor Commons … Continue reading

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Slow down! It’s a common!

This ‘On the Agenda’ article appeared on Headline Environment‘s website on 12 October 2012. Responding to a recent Department of Transport consultation, Kate Ashbrook explains why the Open Spaces Society has advocated a 40mph limit on all roads through commons … Continue reading

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