Welcome to the winter issue! We begin with an iconic feature of the Exmoor landscape, the hedge. Hedges in winter take on a wonderfully unique beauty and Michelle Werrett has written a detailed feature on these ‘links across the land’ and interviewed local hedge layers to find out more about their craft. In this feature we are again privileged to include photographs by the late, great James Ravilious.
We have Exmoor makers in abundance, to cater for all tastes when it comes to buying local this Christmas, however you will need to shop. Lucy Large has interviewed artist Anne Mortimer and also local makers Becky Shaw (pyrography), Cat Greer (Cat’s Creations) and Henry Lyndsay (Border Country Belts); Davina Jelley takes us inside the wonderland of Number Seven Dulverton; and Toni-Anne Blight gives us a ‘hug’ of specialist handmade teddy bears
Find out exactly why there is ‘No Kissing on Exmoor’, discover the secret life of the Scots pine with Jane Mares, embark on a stunning circular walk from Bampton, enjoy a Winsford Winter Wonderland with photographer Julia Amies-Green and enter the wondrous Valley of Rocks with Julian Gurney and – a new writer joining our team – ENPA Warden Rebecca Wray.
We hope that you enjoy all this and much more besides in our new issue and wish you a peaceful, safe and homely winter. Let Exmoor hold us tight at this unsettling time and bring us all comfort and joy through the coming months and into 2021.
Naomi & Hurley