Visit Dartmoor’s forgotten landscape in miniature

Tuesday 4th July 2017

Bog garden at PrincetownMagnificent Mires bog garden

Dartmoor’s wildest landscape has been recreated in miniature in the garden of Princetown visitor centre.

To celebrate the opening of the new bog garden, the Magnificent Mires project is inviting the local community to a special launch event on Saturday 8 June.

The development of the garden is part of the Magnificent Mires project which celebrates Dartmoor’s unknown yet internationally important blanket bogs.

Found on the highest slopes of Dartmoor, blanket bogs formed over thousands of years and are home to spongy sphagnum mosses, carnivorous sundews and bobbing cotton grasses. They are forgotten places, only seen by the most adventurous of walkers. The Magnificent Mires project hopes to bring these amazing habitats to people through a programme of community engagement.

Bringing bogs to the local community

Jasmine Atkinson, Community Engagement Officer for Magnificent Mires projectJasmine Atkinson, Magnificent Mires Community Engagement Officer, said: “We wanted to bring the fascinating plants of blanket bogs and valley mires to the local community to teach people about the international importance of this often forgotten landscape. We really want to encourage the public to become familiar with these incredible plants and look out for them while walking on the moor.

"Now that the garden is fully established we want to invite everyone to our launch event so show them just how amazing these plants are!”

The launch event will kick off with an illustrated talk from Sue Goodfellow, former Senior Ecologist and Director of Conservation with the Dartmoor National Park Authority, followed by a visit to the newly completed mini blanket bog.

Visitors will then be led on a guided walk across Devon Wildlife Trust’s Emsworthy Mire, where they’ll learn about the interesting plants and wildlife that makes its home within the blanket bog.

The bog garden is located in the Dartmoor Conservation Garden which is a public access educational garden, sited behind the National Park Visitor Centre, Princetown and is free to visit. It hosts ancient and historic granite features from Dartmoor and is wild-planted with local native species set out in typical Dartmoor habitats.

The event is organised by the Dartmoor Conservation Garden, a project of Friends of Dartmoor - the Dartmoor Preservation Association, a membership conservation organisation that helps to look after Dartmoor.

8th July - launch event 

The event will take place on Saturday 8 July, opening at 10.30am at the Old Duchy Hotel in Princetown. Booking is essential as there are limited places and tickets cost £18 (concession £12), children under 16 go free, accompanied by an adult. Book your place now through Dartmoor Conservation Garden’s Manager, Pat Fleming. You can email Pat at wylde@gn.apc.org or call 01364 631233

The Magnificent Mires project is led by Devon Wildlife Trust in partnership with Dartmoor National Park Authority, Dartmoor Preservation Association and The Duchy of Cornwall. The project is supported by the National Lottery through the Heritage Lottery Fund.

Details on the Magnificent Mires project can be found at www.devonwildlifetrust.org/magnificent-mires