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Permaculture Magazine #112
'The Award Winning Woodland'

Doug and Claire King-Smith took on the challenge of restoring a neglected woodland in Dartmoor National Park, Devon. Here they share the challenges, but also the many positives of creating a community-loved woodland enterprise.
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Permaculture Magazine #113
'The Gentle Art of Volunteering'

Both experienced volunteer and project leader, Doug King-Smith describes how the reciprocity of volunteering transforms people

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Wood For the Trees
Challenges & Opportunities for Small Woodlands

Short video presented by Tom Barnes of Vastern Timber as part of the Wood For The Trees series on youtube. 
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February 20, 2018

We need just £10,000 to complete our fundraising to pay the legal and planning fees for our team to stand up at Public Inquiry on April 10th to 12th 2018 at Parke, Bovey Tracey. The DNPA HQ.
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Your support can really help bring the voice of small woodland restoration to the corridors of power.
We are being used as a test case - read the press below to hear our story

Also... If you love music, then you can download an EP of original music written specially for our appeal CLICK HERE - it's a very unusual compilation. Thank you So much. We will be launching a crowd-funder with an animation created by Aardman studios. Please share it when you see it!


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The Countryman Magazine

March 01, 2017

Phillipa Hall Investigates The Hillyfield.

Editor Mark Whitley says 'Britain’s remaining ancient woodlands are some of our most precious — and most fragile — natural habitats, and it is vital to conserve them for future generations. But the efforts of individuals to maintain and regenerate these ancient eco-systems can sometimes be at odds with the views of public bodies responsible for conserving the environment. In this issue we look at one such case in the Dartmoor National Park.'

Devon Life - Woodland Wonder Set to Soar

February 09, 2017

'Devon Life' journalist Charlotte Dear visited The Hillyfield back in summer 2016 and shares her story in this issue March 2017.

BBC Farming Today - Radio 4

October 18, 2016

Dartmoor National Park senior planning officer James Aven shares the Authorities reasoning as to why it is refusing permission for a wood-drying barn at Hillyfield. Confor Director 

Charter for Trees Woods & People - Is Dartmoor stuck in the dark ages?

January 01, 2020

Dartmoor can become the leader for a truly inspired movement towards a Woodland Culture, enriching the environment, community, and local economy. Let's make it happen!

It's time for flexibility... not a battle royale

August 07, 2016

Adrian Colston - National Trust lead at Fingle Woods, and Dartmoor commentator says ' DNPA need to re-visit their own policies because Hillyfield is the actual on the ground embodiment of what they actually want to see happen in the National Park.' Read his blog here.

Family offer thanks after 'humbling' generosity sees The Hillyfield's fundraising campaign to fight planners reach £35,000 target.

July 28, 2016

Front page of Ivybridge and South Brent Gazette with interview from Dr Tom Greeves, chair of Dartmoor Society. Moving towards a Woodland Culture on Dartmoor? 'Family offers thanks after 'humbling' generosity sees The Hillyfield's fundraising campaign to fight planning appeal reach £35,000 target'.

'Right to Regenerate' by Doug King-Smith

January 01, 2020

Small Woodlands Magazine issue 63 (summer 2016)
Doug King-Smith  makes a call for change in the way planners interpret development in small woodlands. He argues that in forestry 'things take time, cycles are lifetimes, and investments made now can guarantee a sustainable future for forestry for decades ahead'.

The Guardian: Dartmoor beauty spot is battleground for Britain’s threatened woodlands

July 02, 2016

Steven Morris visits the Hillyfield to find out exactly what Dartmoor National Park are Enforcing against.

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Small Woods Magazine: Don't get all Hung up about It

April 30, 2016

Small Woods Magazine visit Hillyfield for the woodland workshop we organised in Horse Logging and Extracting timber from small woodlands.

Dr Matthew Kelly: Too much Pressure?

June 23, 2016

Dartmoor Historian Dr Matt Kelly asks the question if DNPA should be seeking a compromise on their Hillyfield planning position?
A good article from a man who knows a LOT about Dartmoor. Read his blog link here.

Ivybridge and South Brent Gazette: 'No Comment' can sometimes say a whole lot!

June 09, 2016

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Permaculture Magazine - Don't Let The Planners Get You Down

June 23, 2016

An article by Doug King-Smith asking to look at planning journeys across Devon for various rural projects. 

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