Rebecca Smith

Dartmoor Pony research revealed Members Public

Dartmoor ponies are among the most iconic species of any British moorland but a dramatic decline in population since the 1950s has led to widespread concern about their long-term survival prospects and an urgent requirement to recognise their value as conservation grazers. A research project – the initial findings of which

Rebecca Smith
Rebecca Smith
Local Life

TM2 – From the highs of flying to the lows of submarines: life as a Spotlight presenter Members Public

Having grown up amidst the troubles in Belfast in the late 1960s, Johnny Rutherford’s life and later career hasn’t been without excitement and life changing moments. Having built up his experience across various organisations before joining the BBC, Johnny tells of how the scariest moment of his career

Rebecca Smith
Rebecca Smith
Features

International Tractor back running on home soil Members Public

A Shaugh Prior-based small holder, who has gazed longingly at international tractors ever since she was a child, has “bit the bullet” and taken on her first restoration project some 30 years later, lovingly restoring an International B275 Tractor to its former glory. Having been previously sat outside un-started for

Rebecca Smith
Rebecca Smith
Features

Mediaeval Market celebrates 800th Anniversary Members Public

Markets have been a key staple for local rural communities for hundreds of years, and Bovey Tracey is no exception. Celebrating the 800th year since the town was first granted its charter for a market, a whole host of stall holders and local people came together to mark the occasion

Rebecca Smith
Rebecca Smith
Local Life

Dartmoor Prison to close Members Public

The Government has announced that Dartmoor Prison – a staple of the Moor since 1809 – will close. Lucy Fraser, the Minister of Prisons, had said that Victorian-era prisons were needed when she addressed a parliamentary committee earlier this month. This therefore gave a glimpse of hope that the prison may be

Rebecca Smith
Rebecca Smith
Local Life

Plans for Premier Inn deferred due to ecological concerns Members Public

Plans for the 80 bedroom Premier Inn at Ashburton have been deferred following concerns over the ecological impact of a hotel at the site. Having met on Friday, 4th October, the Dartmoor National Park Authority Development Management Committee were recommended to refuse the plans, but prior to the discussion Philip

Rebecca Smith
Rebecca Smith
Local Life

Charlotte Faulkner – campaigner for ponies on Dartmoor Members Public

Treasuring fond memories of family life on a farm in Sussex, Charlotte Faulkner is no stranger to rural communities and the animals that shape them. Now a pioneering force in securing the future of the Dartmoor Pony, she recalls how it was her “incredible” first Hill Pony Collie who has

Rebecca Smith
Rebecca Smith
Features

‘HMS Cornwood’ is installed at local school Members Public

Pupils at Cornwood School have been  celebrating the instalment of a new outdoor learning area this month, thanks to kind pledges from supporters across the local area. Having raised a spectacular £22,000 to reinvent the outside space, work began at Cornwood School over the summer holidays, with local businesses

Rebecca Smith
Rebecca Smith
Local Life