International Tractor back  running on home soil
Nov07

International Tractor back running on home soil

A Shaugh Prior-based small holder, who has gazed longingly at international tractors ever since she was a child, has “bit the bullet” and taken on her first restoration project some 30 years later, lovingly restoring an International B275 Tractor to its former glory. Having been previously sat outside un-started for 4 years, Nay Proctor, who bought the tractor originally from Cornwall, describes how in buying the motor she was “really...

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‘They are just frozen with fear while we carry on taking photos!’
Nov01

‘They are just frozen with fear while we carry on taking photos!’

Pulling up to Brian and Sheree Segdbeer’s self-built home on Dartmoor, with Haytor on the doorstep and with the wind and rain lashing it down, I couldn’t help but think it was a house made for two wildlife photographers. A house built encompassing and surrounding the very best of nature. The contrast between the Devonian weather outside and the interior of their house, which they use for the photo exhibitions, couldn’t have been...

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Domestic violence: a national crisis
Nov01

Domestic violence: a national crisis

© (U.S. Air Force photo- Airman 1st Class Shane M. Phipps) The UK is currently facing a national domestic abuse crisis as it is now reported that the number of people killed as a result is at its highest level in five years. Last year, 173 people were killed in domestic violence-related homicides, according to data obtained from 43 police forces across the UK – an increase of 32 deaths on 2017. Devon is not isolated from this...

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Charlotte Faulkner – campaigner for ponies on Dartmoor
Oct24

Charlotte Faulkner – campaigner for ponies on Dartmoor

Treasuring fond memories of family life on a farm in Sussex, Charlotte Faulkner is no stranger to rural communities and the animals that shape them. Now a pioneering force in securing the future of the Dartmoor Pony, she recalls how it was her “incredible” first Hill Pony Collie who has played a significant role in both her childhood and now her life’s work. “My mum was found riding the cows on the farm when she was 14, and her dad...

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HIGHLAND CATTLE ON DARTMOOR
Oct07

HIGHLAND CATTLE ON DARTMOOR

The Highland cattle that you see on Dartmoor are wonderful site, especially at this time of year with the autumn sun lighting up that long wavy woolly coat and with those spectacular long horns. They’re a hardy breed, originally from the Highlands and the Outer Hebrides of Scotland and were first mentioned in the 6th Century. The first herd book described two distinct types of Highland cattle, but after cross breeding between the two...

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“Set their compass to Castle Features and  they will always find their way”
Oct04

“Set their compass to Castle Features and they will always find their way”

When you pick up a daily national newspaper, or switch on the lunchtime or evening news, or even listen to the radio, one of the saddest epidemics currently blighting our country is regarding the care our country gives our veterans. You will read about homelessness, poor mental health, poverty or a variety of other problems that many of our bravest soldiers get caught up in as they leave their respective forces. It was both an honour...

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