Thursday, 30 July 2009
Wednesday, 29 July 2009
Interested? Yes - well press here to go the the National Trust Names website - it really quick and easy to use.
We’ve put together seven downloadable guides to star gazing in the countryside, including moon and constellation charts, a podcast and a photo gallery, plus a wealth of other information on this exciting subject.
One of the seven guides is for the Teign Valley on Dartmoor click here for the guide and here for the star map. You can download the podcast here
It’s a popular time for star gazing; our walks coincide with the 400th anniversary of Galileo's discovery of the subject and the International Year of Astronomy 2009 (IYA 2009) is using this as the perfect chance to put together a global celebration of the social and cultural benefits that astronomy has offered us over the ages. So, this is a great opportunity for you to reach for the stars and discover for yourself what’s out there in the vast expanse of space.
The IYA 2009 is a chance for people to experience astronomy first hand, with over 140 countries taking part in regional, national and international events. Have a look at their website for handy tips on star gazing, information on the constellations, planets and our moon, plus the chance to get involved yourself.
Tuesday, 28 July 2009
Wednesday, 22 July 2009
A group of eight from NT Finance and ISS, Lanhydrock, spent a day working with the South East Dartmoor wardens at Hembury Woods and Parke Estate, Bovey Tracey.
They braved the weather in a vain search for ragwort, not finding very much. Fortunately this didn’t reflect upon their ability to spot the noxious yellow weed, more the fact that this year there isn’t the normal plague of it.
The work was much appreciated by the wardens and all other offers of similar kindness will be gratefully received.
Monday, 6 July 2009
This is a great opportunity not only to use renewable energy but also to help achive the National Trusts conservation and landscape objectives. To begin with the conifer plantations will be removed over time and the best logs sold to produce sawn timber and the smaller poor quality logs chipped for the boiler.
So that we can keep a steady supply of chip we need to know exactly how much wood we have we can then time the tree felling to allow time for the wood to dry out and be ready to chip when the boiler needs it. Earlier in the year me and my staff and volunteers were out measuring the trees. This involves using a 'girthing tape' a clever tape that when used to measure the girth of the tree gives you the diameter of the tree in centimetres. As many of the trees are 40 to 50cm (16'' to 2ft) in diameter this means you have to give the tree a big hug to get the tape all the way round so we had hugged over 300 trees by the end of each day.
Using the measurements from the tree hugging and some more of the tree heights calculations are done using tables produced by the Forestry Commission to give the volume in cubic meters (m3) of timber in the wood. I now know that there are about 5000m3 of logs for sawn timber and 3000m3 of logs for chip (1m3 is about the same as 1 tonne depending on how wet the wood is) as the Castle Drogo boiler will need about 250 tonnes of wood a year this will keep it going for the next 10 years.
For the medium to long term plan and the conservation benefits look out for further posts.
National Trust Warden, North Dartmoor
Sunday, 5 July 2009
This is a very exciting exhibition of acrylic painted fabrics with machine embroidery over the top. Pauline Hearn has been exhibiting her pictures in our shop now for 4 years.
This exhibition will be on daily from 1st July until 30th September - one month longer than in previous years due to the great demand for her pictures.
The exhibition has got off to a good start with 2 of her original pictures selling within the first few day.
So hurry - so you don't miss the wonderful variety of her pictures.
The shop is open for you to enter free to exhibition daily from 10.30 am to 5.00 pm
Thursday, 2 July 2009
On the route, there are markers in the places that correspond to the points on the map. You have to mark your control card at each control point with a unique code to prove you have visited the control.
The winner of the competition is the one who has taken the shortest time to visit the control points in numerical order. Fast running alone does not make you a winner. You must also choose the best route between the control points and find the markers without wasting unnecessary time.