Initial work starts to repair and conserve Dartington’s historic Deer Park Wall

Update, Sep 2016: The Dartington Hall Trust has now run a successful appeal for donations to secure the final portion in funding for the Deer Park Wall project. £12,300 was raised in public donations, unlocking a £120,000 funding grant. Please click here if you want to know more.


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Thanks to funding secured from Natural England under the Higher Level Stewardship Scheme (HLS), Dartington has started initial work to repair and conserve the historic 18th century Grade 11 listed Deer Park Wall on the estate.

Dartington’s Deer Park area  is officially designated as being heritage at risk and considerable work is needed to preserve its future.

This initial ‘Phase 1’ work, overseen by building conservation specialists Philip Hughes Associates and SSHConservation, started this month (in February) and will continue for approximately three months. This relatively small first phase of work is addressing some of the highest priority areas of the wall needing work.

Gallery: latest images from the Deer Park project

Primary school children get hands-on at a Deer Park educational day

Primary school children get hands-on at a Deer Park educational day

Primary school children get hands-on at a Deer Park educational day

Primary school children get hands-on at a Deer Park educational day

Primary school children get hands-on at a Deer Park educational day

Primary school children get hands-on at a Deer Park educational day

Primary school children get hands-on at a Deer Park educational day

Primary school children get hands-on at a Deer Park educational day

Volunteers from the Language of Totnes School help clear and clean Deer Park wall rubble

Volunteers from the Language of Totnes School help clear and clean Deer Park wall rubble

Volunteers from the Language of Totnes School help clear and clean Deer Park wall rubble

Volunteers from the Language of Totnes School help clear and clean Deer Park wall rubble

'Heritage Guide' training with Estate Warden Mike Newby

'Heritage Guide' training with Estate Warden Mike Newby

'Heritage Guide' training. The Deer Park can be seen in the background

'Heritage Guide' training. The Deer Park can be seen in the background

'Phase 1' initial restoration work on the Deer Park Wall begins

'Phase 1' initial restoration work on the Deer Park Wall begins

'Phase 1' initial restoration work on the Deer Park Wall begins

'Phase 1' initial restoration work on the Deer Park Wall begins

'Phase 1' initial restoration work on the Deer Park Wall begins

'Phase 1' initial restoration work on the Deer Park Wall begins

A couple of gaps to fill: image showing one of the collapsed wall sections

A couple of gaps to fill: image showing one of the collapsed wall sections

 

Dartington has applied for funding to the Heritage Lottery Fund and the Viridor Credits Environmental Company in order to undertake a much bigger project in the Deer Park which would start later this year – repairing and conserving the rest of the Deer Park Wall, enhancing physical access to the area with improved paths and signage, and a range of related activities to encourage public understanding and engagement in this beautiful and relatively unknown historic part of the Dartington Hall estate.

The project would create a new outdoor learning programme for primary schools in the region and create a number of new volunteering roles, including volunteer Deer Park guides to escort the public in the area.

HLF announced their initial support for Dartington’s grant application back in July last year and both HLF and Viridor Credits are expected to make final decisions on Dartington’s grant applications by the end of March. Both organisations undertook encouraging site visits in February to review the project and meet the Dartington team.

 


 

 

2 thoughts on “Initial work starts to repair and conserve Dartington’s historic Deer Park Wall

  1. Lovely to see such a project underway, but almost impossible to see from the map you provide where it is going to be. Dartington Hall is at the bottom of the map, and visitors centre is marked, but as it’s such a restricted area, I can’t see any road or get bearings to understand which direction the deer park is. Can you provide a larger map please showing where the deer park is in relation to the roads through the estate? Thanks!

    1. Hi Jane, thanks for pointing this out – we will try to do this but in the meantime if you click here you can see our estate map which should help you get your bearings. Things have moved on signficantly from the above story now, and we have posted several more recent updates. You can see the most recent one here – as you’ll see, we are running a major campaign at the moment for the last bit of funding to make the Deer Park happen so do take a look if you’re interested! On our website homepage we also have a projects section halfway down the page which is the best place to go for the latest updates on major stuff happening here.

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