News

The 2015 Pinnacle Award is now open for young entrepreneurs aged between 16 and 24 years, worth £3,000 for a business plan connected to Exmoor's land based activities. Click here to read the press release. For the application form, please see the Grants page.

New Premises for the Exmoor Society
The Exmoor Society has moved to new premises in the centre of Dulverton. Our new address is 34 High Street, Dulverton, Somerset TA22 9DJ. The Society telephone number remains the same 01398 323335. The new premises form the Exmoor Society Resource Centre which contains its offices, archives, library, work space with facilities and merchandise. These were all formally opened on March 19th 2015. To read the current press release please click here. Contact the archivist if wanting to do research work. Please see the Home page for details of our opening hours.


Graeme Bonham-Carter formally opens the Exmoor Society Resource Centre
19th March 2015
Left to right: Rachel Thomas (chairman), Sir Antony Acland (President), Dr. Helen Blackman (Society Archivist) and Graeme Bonham-Carter (son of the late Victor Bonham-Carter)

Guided Walks 2015
Please see the Events page for details of the walks programme

The winners of the 2014 Lucy Perry Literary Award for children and young people are announced. This annual literary award encourages young people aged 8 - 14 years to create a piece of poetry or prose inspired by Exmoor. See the Awards / Competitions page for details and to read the winning entries.

Society Spring Conference 2015 - 'Visit Exmoor'
The Society annual spring conference 2015 took place on 24th April, focussing on the importance of tourism and Exmoor. The conference considered some of the big issues of the day including how we balance tourism with conserving the natural environment, how we can promote unique experiences to visitors and how we fit within the wider region of the South West, the primary holiday destination in the country.


Spring conference speakers (clockwise from top left): Sean Beer, Nigel Stone, Helen Blackman, Dan James, Malcolm Bell, Rachel Thomas, Lyndsey Swift and Evelyn Stacey

Rachel Thomas, Chairman of the Exmoor Society, said that there was a close synergy between promotion of enjoyment and the tourist industry but the Society, as a conservation charity, would always emphasise the National Park status. Nigel Stone, Chief Executive of Exmoor National Park, concluded the conference, commenting that protection and prosperity can go hand-in-hand and sustainable tourism is achieved by promoting the special experiences offered by the unique landscape of Exmoor. For more information, please read the press release, by clicking here

Exmoor Manifesto
The Exmoor Society has produced an Exmoor Manifesto which it hopes all candidates for the parliamentary elections will sign for both the North Devon and the Bridgwater & West Somerset constituencies. To read the manifesto, please click here.

Exmoor Society interview on BBC Radio Somerset 3rd April 2015
BBC Radio Somerset presenter Ban McGrail interviewed walk leader Jenny Gibson about the 2015 walks programme and the first walk of the season 'Lorna Doone - Fact and Fiction'. To hear the interview, click on the link below or copy and paste the link into your browser, and once loaded move the bar to 2.17:
http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p02ml9rg#auto

The Calendar of Events for 2015 can be found on the Events page.



The proposed new constitution agreed at the AGM - to read, please click here

Unlocking Exmoor's Heritage
Follow the progress of this project via the Library page on this website under Resources or via Twitter on Archivist@ExSocArchivist. The purpose of the project is to assess, conserve and preserve the significant amount of materials that the Society has amassed over 56 years and to make this collection available by a variety of means to everyone, especially students and researchers. Funding has been secured from the Exmoor Society, the Exmoor National Park Partnership Fund, charities and private individuals. The project has recruited an Outreach Archivist, Dr. Helen Blackman. To read the press release from January 2014, please click here.

If you are interested in joining the volunteer team, please contact the Society.


An Exmoor hill farm

Woodland Report - 'Unlocking the Potential of Exmoor's Woodlands'
To read the report please click here, to read the summary of recommendations, click here and to read the press release, click here.

Exmoor and Hill Farming
To read about our campaign to support Exmoor's hill farmers, please click here.