GYROSCOPE

GYROSCOPE tells the story of how we are reinventing the Dartington Project for the 21st century, and exploring how a place can help people live a more fulfilled life: from the food we eat, to the art that inspires us, to the communities that we’re part of and the impact we have on the world around us.

Read on for news, features, blogs and more.

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The Dartington Experiment began in 1925, when Dorothy and Leonard Elmhirst bought a crumbling estate and began to explore how a place could change the world. Today, we are creating a new Dartington Project for the 21st Century that is just as ambitious.

Further reading:
WHAT WE DO TODAY ⇒
OUR HISTORY ⇒

⇓ hot off the press

How the Valley Field Plan has transformed the gardens

Our gardens team update us on the first major project proposed in garden designer Dan Pearson’s Masterplan – the transformation of Valley Field.

Ash die back at Dartington

We have been anticipating the arrival of ash die back at Dartington for some years. It’s now unequivocally here – and its growing impact means we will need to remove diseased trees at key locations around the estate.

Social Purpose: What is it and how can you find yours?

What’s your social purpose? In other words, what can you do with your life that really matters? Daisy Healy takes a look at how to tackle such a weighty question – and how the Accelerated Women’s Enterprise (AWE) Making a Difference programme can help make your social purpose a reality.

⇓ land use: innovative practice from field to fork

‘Fifteen’ chef takes over at the White Hart

Our new White Hart restaurant chef has had it with conformity, crap service and egos. Eamon Fullalove, who comes from Jamie Oliver’s Fifteen, explains how our mouth-watering new menu challenged ‘the usual convention that all food begins with the chef’s mind’.

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⇓ general news

Ash die back at Dartington

We have been anticipating the arrival of ash die back at Dartington for some years. It’s now unequivocally here – and its growing impact means we will need to remove diseased trees at key locations around the estate.

England’s forestry specialists head to Dartington to plan for climate change

A multitude of tree lovers – from scientists to philosophers, foresters to artists, policy experts to designers – are convening at Dartington in response to the Climate Change Committee’s call to increase tree planting for zero carbon emissions by 2050.

Lifeworks charity finds a new home in Dartington

Local learning disability charity Lifeworks has acquired a new site at Webbers Yard, with plans to build a purpose-built base for its central charity offices, further education and training college.

‘Fifteen’ chef takes over at the White Hart

Our new White Hart restaurant chef has had it with conformity, crap service and egos. Eamon Fullalove, who comes from Jamie Oliver’s Fifteen, explains how our mouth-watering new menu challenged ‘the usual convention that all food begins with the chef’s mind’.

An update on our funding plan

Over the last six months, the Dartington Hall Trust has begun the first phase of fundraising to transform the Dartington estate.

⇓ learning at dartington

New Report: Equality Impact Investing – from principles to practice

Inequality is one of the greatest and most pervasive social challenges of our time – so what can the social impact investing movement do to advance equality? A new report looks at these questions and more.

It’s official: Huge impact of social enterprise programmes revealed

A new impact evaluation report has highlighted the remarkable impact and reach of a key social enterprise support programme, which is delivered in the south west by Dartington’s own School for Social Entrepreneurs.

Lifeworks charity finds a new home in Dartington

Local learning disability charity Lifeworks has acquired a new site at Webbers Yard, with plans to build a purpose-built base for its central charity offices, further education and training college.

Dartington Deer Park wall to be removed from Historic England’s ‘Heritage at Risk’ register

A 14th century deer park wall on the Dartington Hall estate that was in danger of being lost forever is to be removed from Historic England’s ‘Heritage At Risk’ register after repair and conservation works.

Secondary students’ arrows ready to fly in Dartington Deer Park education programme

Over 220 students from King Edward VI Community College (KEVICC), Totnes, have been spending time on the Dartington estate as part of a project combining historic and contemporary craft skills.

⇓ arts, culture & events

⇓ blogs

How the Valley Field Plan has transformed the gardens

Our gardens team update us on the first major project proposed in garden designer Dan Pearson’s Masterplan – the transformation of Valley Field.

Social Purpose: What is it and how can you find yours?

What’s your social purpose? In other words, what can you do with your life that really matters? Daisy Healy takes a look at how to tackle such a weighty question – and how the Accelerated Women’s Enterprise (AWE) Making a Difference programme can help make your social purpose a reality.

River Dart Charter Survey: What you said

Almost 500 of you participated in a survey aiming to help shape the future of the River Dart in Dartington. Here, Harriet Bell looks at some of the key findings.

To hedge or not to hedge? That is the question

In the latest blog from our gardens team, the yew hedges by our Magnolia Steps are looking decidedly peaky. Enter garden designer Dan Pearson – plus a winch, wire rope, blood, sweat…and ‘blind faith’.

From DIY ransom note to artistic statement

The man behind the indie festival Sea Change, Rupert Morrison, tells how a legal wrangle that is well known to Totnes locals has reached a global audience.

⇓ destination dartington

Metronomy lead singer comes home to headline Sea Change

The lead singer of Metronomy is to return to the fields of his childhood to headline the Sea Change festival this spring, so we caught up with him to find out how he feels about the green, green grass of home.

‘Fifteen’ chef takes over at the White Hart

Our new White Hart restaurant chef has had it with conformity, crap service and egos. Eamon Fullalove, who comes from Jamie Oliver’s Fifteen, explains how our mouth-watering new menu challenged ‘the usual convention that all food begins with the chef’s mind’.

Our gardeners are going nuts about nuts

In the latest in our series of blogs from our gardens team, garden designer Dan Pearson’s vision is realised further through the creation of a new nuttery and wildflower meadow.

‘#taketheleadie’ competition asks the public to show their love for wildlife

Do you love both wildlife and your dog? If so, help spread the word about our conservation work and #taketheleadie to be in with the chance of winning a great prize.

Sea Change partners with Dartington

In an exciting development for all parties, the third edition of Sea Change Festival will see the flourishing event enter into partnership with Dartington Hall, with the estate becoming one of the festival venues.

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