A young Exmoor entrepreneur, Nick Hosegood, an arborist from Luxborough, has been successful in winning the 2017 Pinnacle Award from The Exmoor Society. With the £3,000 award he plans to offer a portable milling service to Exmoor, his vision being to mill felled Exmoor-grown timber on site for use in structures, fencing or as building materials. The venture will allow him to extend his efforts in woodland management to improve and expand the woodland coverage on Exmoor.

“Nick went to school in Minehead and then to Cannington and Plymouth University where he read animal behaviour,” said Exmoor Society Trustee and Pinnacle Award head judge, Jackie Smith. “His greatest wish was to work and live here on Exmoor, recognising the need for a trade to do so and discovered a love of trees and wood. He trained as an arborist and set up his own company this year called Three Atop Woodland Services. Horrified by the waste of wood on Exmoor, of which he estimates as much as 80 per cent is wasted or burned, his plans for a mobile milling machine will allow him to turn felled timber into furniture, fencing and building materials on site for use by the landowner, with the milling remains only used for fuel. Alternatively, he will remove the wood for use locally elsewhere. All the judges felt that Nick definitely has the potential to succeed.”

When informed of his success, Nick said: “I am truly grateful for this opportunity to expand my woodland business with the purchasing of mobile chainsaw milling machinery. I aim to reduce the wastage of wood on Exmoor by processing timber to be used by Exmoor people. In the future I am looking to take on a local apprentice to assist me with milling activities and to train them to become an arborist and share the same ethos towards conservation.”

Chairman of The Exmoor Society, Rachel Thomas, said, “It is noticeable that Nick recognises the sustainable use of Exmoor’s woodlands and hopes to offer employment and training to another person living locally. This is precisely the purpose of the Pinnacle Award: to support young people to earn a living within Exmoor National Park without the need to seek employment outside the area. The award helps to demonstrate that special landscapes and livelihoods are very much linked together.”

More information on the woodland services Nick offers can be found on his website (link below).

PHOTO: Courtesy threeatop.co.uk


This year’s Art Trek will see artists throwing open their doors in a celebration of the visual arts across North Devon. The long-established and eagerly anticipated event runs from 15 September to 1 October.

There are participants taking part in villages and towns across North Devon, and the venues range from professional galleries to homes and artists’ studios. Visitors can find all the information they need in the Art Trek brochure which is out now or by visiting the Art Trek website at www.arttrek.co.uk.

The event boasts over 40 artists in a range of disciplines. Each venue is mapped out and visitors can create their own itinerary for the weekend, day, afternoon or even a spare hour after work! There is even the chance to enjoy a demonstration or take part in a workshop in many of the venues.

There are a huge number of art styles on including paintings of abstract forms, portraits and landscapes; there are prints using a variety of techniques including screen printing. Sculptors also feature in the event, many working in a variety of media.

The crafts are well represented including a pop-up show featuring exhibitors specialising in vintage, vintage inspired and upcycled products. This year’s Art Trek also involves the work of a number of talented ceramicists and glass artists as well as local photographers.

The full list of participating artists are:
Bideford: Eilean Eland; Pete Newell; Deborah Last; Fiona Matthews; Joanna Sellors; Hilary Paynter; Richard Strachey; Robert J Phillips; Cressida Lowery; Michael Storrs; Janis Glover; Bert Bruins; Devon Pop-Ups
Weare Giffard: Claire Scott
Northam: Mary Myers
Braunton: Mark King; Jan Sears
Ilfracombe: Francesca Owen
Muddiford: Lauren Goldie
Barnstaple: Robert Cordingley; Penelope Florance; Alexandra Tacey; Park School Alumni; Mike Woollacott; Grizel Lutmann-Johnson; White Moose
West Buckland: Jackie Payne
Swimbridge: Ruth Bateman; Danni Bradford; Ellie Miller
Great Torrington: Helen Bailes; Barbara Bird; Susan Martin; Carol Rowland; Beaford Arts
South Molton: Deborah Hastings; Sam Pickard; South Molton Pannier Market
Grilstone: Mitch Pilkington
Molland: Luna North
Kings Nympton: Tony Williams
Umberleigh: Colin Allbrook
Atherington: Peter Stagg
Burrington: Kate Burrows
Chulmleigh: Robert Ennis; Gaenor Barker
Bondleigh: The Sculpture School

For more information pick up a brochure which will be available from White Moose, Barnstaple, participating artists and at outlets locally or visit the Art Trek website www.arttrek.co.uk.

Photo: Grizel Lutmann-Johnson’s studio.