Exmoor Awareness to explore Moorland Heritage and Second World War connections

The final Exmoor Awareness session of the year is being held on Tuesday 26 March from 10am to 4pm in Minehead offering a fascinating insight into Exmoor’s moorland heritage and connections with the Second World War .

Exmoor Awareness provides tourism providers with the opportunity to gain a greater insight in to the special qualities of the National Park, with expert speakers and guides. The morning session will be held at Minehead Methodist Church Hall with presentations from the National Park Authority’s Conservation Manager Rob Wilson-North and Shirley Blaycock (Historic Environment Conservation Officer), along with Faye Balmond (Moorland Heritage Officer for the Exmoor Landscape Partnership Project) and Dr Lee Bray (Historic Environment Officer for the Exmoor Mires project). There will be a round-up of different moorland heritage projects currently being undertaken, information about the new Dig Porlock venture and a presentations on Exmoor’s use by the military during the Second World War.

Following a local produce buffet, the afternoon will consist of a field trip taking in key sites on North Hill with an opportunity to look around a Second World War radar station and other sites connected with the conflict.

“The history and heritage of our moorlands is fascinating” said Dan James, Sustainable Economy Officer for Exmoor National Park Authority. “Every year visitors come to enjoy the breathtaking views that the moorlands of Exmoor provide and this session will allow tourism providers to learn a huge amount of extra information about the heritage of the area to pass on to guests.”

The session costs just £15 including refreshments and lunch in addition to the presentations and field trip. Advanced booking is essential by phoning Dan James on 01398 322234 or downloading a booking from here: http://www.exmoor-nationalpark.gov.uk/communities/tourism-trade/Events-and-training.

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