WW1 Service -Remembering the Fallen

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Today has been a very special day at Woolacombe remembering our history and lost decendants of the first World War.
The event was organised by Mortehoe Parish Council where National staff and volunteers joined School children, residents and also 2 people who fought in WW2, to come together, to celebrate this historical moment in time.
The outdoor service was directed by the local vicar, who read out a list of local people who fought and were lost in this war, we were also treated to songs and poems written by year 6 School Children and to finish we planted 30 trees to create a memory woodland funded by a grant from the the AONB.

Stuart Ayres
Executive Tree planting Ranger

October Half Term Fun Part 1-Family Scrub Bash

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What a fantastic day we had on our bash and burn event last week at Mortehoe.
Ranger Josh and I and our volunteer Rangers, David, David and Roger were joined by over fifteen familys all very keen to get stuck in. The Gorse removal is all part of our winter work programme-between October and March, where selected area’s are thinned out to break up what is actually a very sterile environment.
The familys all holidaying in the local area, both young and old, worked very hard and were well motivated especially when the treat was roasting marshmellows over a fire which the kids loved.

Executive marshmellow cooking Ranger

Golden Leaves: a woodland walk, Sunday 2 November 2014

Enjoy the sights and smells of an autumnal woodland at this magical time of year.

Join the West Exmoor rangers on a circular woodland walk around the Lyn Valley and enjoy the trees at their most colourful. The walk will follow a lovely hot bacon sandwich at Watersmeet House which is included in the price.

10.30am – 3pm

£6 per person.

Booking essential on 01598 763402.

Meet at Watersmeet House. Grid ref SS 744 487.


October half-term fun with the National Trust rangers

We have lots of fun-filled family activities to keep you busy over the October half-term break. Click on the ‘coming events’ tab to view our events posters or visit www.nationaltrust.org.uk/northdevon for more information and details.

Heddon Valley family fun day: Thursday 30 October, 11am-1pm.
Join the Exmoor rangers for some family fun in the Heddon Valley. Make your own campfire and cook some scrummy food.
£2 per child. Booking essential on 01598 763402.

Family bash and burn: Thursday 30 October, 11am-3pm.
Bring all the family for some free outdoor fun. Help the rangers cut and burn gorse bushes at Mortehoe and then toast delicious marshmallows. Tools and advice provided by our rangers to ensure that your kids have fun in a safe environment.
Free event. Booking essential on 01598 763402.

Art Attack on the Beach: Friday 31 October, 11am-2pm.
Join the rangers on Woolacombe beach and get creative for some family beach art. Find us near the beach entrance. Look out for the tractor and trailer and National Trust feather banner flags.
Free event. Booking advisable on 01598 763402.

See you there!

Walling workshop, Mortehoe, Mon 27 – Tues 28 October 2014

Learn the ancient skills of drystone walling in this great value and action packed 2-day course.

Join the experienced rangers at Mortehoe, near Woolacombe and help to rebuild an ancient Devon stone-faced bank that may be over 200 years old! Learn about courses, how to shape the stones and what makes a good capping stone. This is a hands on, practical way to learn and help repair our heritage. We will provide all tools and equipment.

10am – 4pm.

£40 per person (Save £10 by booking onto our ‘Hedge laying at Peppercombe’ course as well, 29 and 30 Oct. You will then pay only £70 for the two courses.)

Booking essential on 01598 763402.

Meet at Mortehoe village car park, grid ref SS 457 452.


Hedge laying at Peppercombe, Weds 29 – Thurs 30 October 2014

Learn the skills and traditions of hedge laying in this great value and action packed 2-day course.

Join the experienced rangers at Peppercombe, and learn all the stages required to lay a native hedgerow. Find out why hedge laying maintains the lifespan of a hedgerow and how it benefits our wildlife. This is a practical and hands-on course where you will really get a chance to develop your skills and knowledge of this ancient craft. We will provide all tools and equipment.

10am – 4pm.

£40 per person (If booked together with our Walling workshop at Woolacombe, 27 and 28 October, a £10 discount applies with attendance on both courses costing only £70)

Booking essential 01598 763402.

Meet at grid ref SS 378243. Off the A39 between Bideford and Hartland.


Dippers and Hillforts: a walk of discovery around Welcombe, Sunday 26 October 2014

Join a National Trust ranger on this guided walk along the beautiful coastal stretch around Welcombe Mouth.

As well as staggering views across the wild Atlantic, you will see amazing geology, birdlife, woodlands and the impressive Embury Beacon Iron Age hillfort which was recently excavated by archaeologists. Hear about the people who lived in this exposed but beautiful location.

10.00am – 1.00pm.

Free event. Donations welcome.

Booking advisable on 01598 763402.

Meet at the National Trust car park at Welcombe Mouth. Grid ref SS 212 179.