Volunteering in the park - Devonport, Plymouth

Volunteers are working away in many of our parks, saving and restoring them and also creating new and beautiful spaces for us all to enjoy. A lot of parks across the country have become a low priority for local authorities, when funding for basic services is cut some if these places fall from grace. Fortunately for us there are groups of people giving their time so our history of wonderful landscaped green spaces does not disappear. This is an ongoing project about a place I use often and the people who keep it. The images will be carried out over the course of a year to show the changing seasons, planting and events in the park. Volunteering itself provides many benefits including social connections, exercise and an opportunity to share expertise and learn new skills, not to mention the advantages for communities. 

Excavation - Stage 1 - Selection

So this week I have been challenged, set to a task that is asking me to drill down on a short project into a particular area of a limited size. This area must be fully excavated, applying methodology and intent, using varied methods to record and understand the place chosen. 

I have chosen 3 places, and will this week decide which is to be my subject.

Fice’s Well #1

A Dartmoor well rumoured to have restorative properties for the eyes, founded possibly by a local family in the 1500’s. 

Richmond Walk, Plymouth, SSSI #2

My local SSSI’s are urban, set behind and in-between industrial and military areas, the flora and geology across the Plymouth areas are intermingled and largely invisible to those who work next to them and those passing by.


Rame Head, Coastwatch Station, Cornwall #3

The station at Rame Head in south east Cornwall is manned by volunteers 365 days per year, looking over the sea in order to spot peril and help those at sea. During daylight hours the station is operational, no new technology just sight and observations. The site of the cliffs is also an SSSI, and a ancient chapel sits on the clifftop surrounded by disused gun mounts. This site is the most diverse, both socially and scientifically. 

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