Dartmoor Commoners Council


The Commoners Council and the National Park Authority have formed an alliance with Natural England, English Heritage, Defra, Defence Estates and the Environment Agency. It has agreed a ‘vision’ for the conservation of Dartmoor to 2030. The vision is enshrined in a map. All parties will work to an agreed framework of action to conserve and enhance the landscape.

The vision is of an open but farmed landscape containing a mosaic of different types of vegetation and habitats, with fourteen Premier Archaeological Landscapes protected, and the vegetation managed by grazing livestock. Dartmoor’s blanket bog, which acts as a big sponge, will be managed to survive climate change as long as possible, thereby protecting water quality and quantity.



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Dartmoor Commons
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Last updated 24th August 2018