Category Archives: Devon

Wanted: an all-round aide

Forty years ago today I started my first proper job, as secretary and all-round aide to author Charles Owen. Continue reading

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Flag at half mast for ‘Mr Moreton’

The flag on Moretonhampstead church was at half mast in honour of Ian Mercer, whose funeral was on 3 October. Continue reading

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A decade of access in south-west England

Sunday 28 August 2005 was a landmark day in the south west of England. Ten years ago today the new access rights under the Countryside and Rights of Way (CROW) Act 2000 came into effect.  This meant the public had the … Continue reading

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A day of contrasts

Forty years ago, Friday 13 June 1975 was a day of contrasts. It started in the most idyllic way.  I was camping on High House Waste, land rescued from afforestation by the Dartmoor Preservation Association in the 1960s.  I was … 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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A potential butterfly-paradise

Common Wood: part 2 Four species of Fritillary butterfly have been seen at Common Wood, my patch of common land near Horndon on the western side of the Dartmoor National Park.  There is potential to increase their numbers. They are Marsh, … Continue reading

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I bought a common

Common Wood part 1 On 19 October 2011 I bought a common.  I hadn’t expected to become a landowner, but when Common Wood, near Horndon on the western side of the Dartmoor National Park, came on the market, along with other parcels of … Continue reading

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