Buy local this Christmas
Nov30

Buy local this Christmas

With such a fantastic array of local producers to choose from across Dartmoor and beyond, The Moorlander would like to share the Editor’s top choices for where to buy your meat this Christmas. Christmas turkeys that are ruling the roost Frenchbeer Farm is a local Christmas turkey farm that is proud to gobble about their recent success at the Great Taste awards. The farm is based just outside of Chagford on Dartmoor and is home to the...

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Dartmoor Pony research revealed
Nov30

Dartmoor Pony research revealed

Dartmoor ponies are among the most iconic species of any British moorland but a dramatic decline in population since the 1950s has led to widespread concern about their long-term survival prospects and an urgent requirement to recognise their value as conservation grazers. A research project – the initial findings of which were recently released – suggests that ponies not only make a positive contribution to conservation...

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Devon charity launches fundraising campaign for new telescope
Nov29

Devon charity launches fundraising campaign for new telescope

For over four years, the charity Dartmoor Skies has run stargazing and astronomy activities across Devon and the South West. But now they’re in urgent need of a new telescope. They’ve recently launched a Crowdfunder campaign in a bid to raise the money they need, and their Moor Scope campaign has already gathered a lot of support. “When we ran our first event, we had no idea how popular it would be,” explains Bryony Tilsley, one of...

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Your annual reminder: Shop local. Save our high streets
Nov29

Your annual reminder: Shop local. Save our high streets

Yes, you guessed it: it’s that time of year again. Black Friday sales (which contradictory to the name actually lasts a week or more) are around the corner, followed by Christmas and then the holiday sales. So here is your annual reminder from us: shop local and save our high streets. The high street is the life and soul of communities across, not only our beloved moor and country, but across England, Scotland, Wales and Northern...

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The Hummingbirds steal the show wherever they go
Nov29

The Hummingbirds steal the show wherever they go

From Belstone to Broadclyst, Buckfastleigh to Burnley, The Hummingbirds’ reputation as one of the UK’s foremost close harmony singing trios is spreading fast and wide. The Burnley in question is not a remote Dartmoor village but is indeed the famous Lancashire mill town which, during the Industrial Revolution, became one of the country’s most prominent cotton centres. The now sold-out Festive Christmas Tea in mid-December is being...

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No.10 votes for Dartmoor Christmas Tree
Nov29

No.10 votes for Dartmoor Christmas Tree

A local Christmas tree business based at Haldon Forest, Dartmoor Christmas Trees, has once again been selected to provide Downing Street with a Christmas tree this year. In this year’s competition, which is run by the British Christmas Tree Growers Association, Dartmoor Christmas Trees won the grower of the year as well as three other awards – Best Natural Wreath, Runner up Best Other Fir (Fraser) and Best Nordmann Fir....

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