Deer Park: bringing a historic site back to life

The Deer Park project is an exciting new development for Dartington. It will conserve and protect a significant piece of Devon’s cultural history, increase public engagement with an ancient monument and historic landscape, and develop a heritage interpretation offer that will benefit the local community and visitors to the area.

Skills development, learning, volunteering and community involvement are at the project’s heart.

Specifically, it will repair and conserve Dartington’s historic Deer Park Wall through essential and lasting conservation works, create new accessible and interpreted walks through the surrounding parkland, and encourage more people to engage in the landscape including through a new schools’ programme and new volunteering opportunities.

Find out more about the project

Get involved: find out about volunteering at the Deer Park

Explore our schools programme and see how you can take part

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


From planning to launch: project timeline

Autumn 2015: Preliminary community engagement workshops

In a series of open-access events, we consulted with our community to assess the feasibility and aims of the Deer Park project.

Spring 2016: ‘Phase 1’ initial work starts

High-priority repairs are carried out by building conservation specialists Philip Hughes Associates and SSHConservation.

Spring 2016: HLF Grant awarded

Heritage Lottery Fund grant of £622,600 is secured for Phase 2 Deer Park Wall conservation and repair works

Autumn 2016: Remaining funding secured

£376,010 in match funding needed to complete Phase 2 Deer Park Wall conservation and repair works is secured.

Autumn 2016 - Learning and Participation Coordinator joins project

We welcome Lizzie Mee to the Deer Park team.

Autumn 2016: ‘Phase 2’ Deer Park Wall conservation and repair works begin on site

Autumn 2016: Project Progress Tracker installed in Dartington's new Visitor Centre

Autumn 2016: Training of Heritage Guides begins

Autumn-Winter 2016: First schools' heritage learning sessions take place at Dartington

Spring 2017: First Deer Park Family Fun Day

Spring 2017: Launch of primary schools' onsite heritage learning activities

Spring 2017: Launch of new children's backpacks

Spring 2017: Seventeen fallow deer arrive at the Dartington Deer Park

Community Day, 1 June 2017: Further family activities in Deer Park as part of Dartington's annual community event

Summer 2017: Creation and installation of signage, information boards, and interactive installations.

27 July: Public opening of new Deer Park with activities, accessible trails and interpretation

Spring 2018: Deer Park Wall restoration work completed, public event


Made possible through the support of our funders

heritage-lottery-funded
viridor credits
natural england

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