Learning from the previous Plan

Key Achievements and lessons learned from the previous management plan. 

The previous Management Plan was launched in December 2007. It contained 373 different goals or 'means to achieve'. A Delivery Board comprising representatives from key partners was established to monitor progress, celebrate success, identify areas of delay or problem, and to establish priorities.

Taking the 'Means to Achieve' as the actions which should occur within the life of the 2007-2012 Management Plan and the monitoring reports submitted by partners, we know that over 87% of the actions have been completed or are in progress. Overall, eight actions have not been started and 28 are significantly delayed or unlikely to progress. The Delivery Board felt that this was a fantastic achievement given that the Management Plan was ambitious in the number and scope of the actions and that the last two years had been delivered against a backdrop of significantly reduced budgets.

The Delivery Board highlighted the following as some of the key achievements of the 2007-2012 Management Plan:

Sense of Place

  • The Two Moors Threatened Butterfly Project has secured significant increases in the populations of the High Brown and Pearl-bordered Fritillaries. The project has annually co-ordinated 20-30 work parties resulting in 300-400 volunteer days.
  • Repair work to historic leats through a partnership between the Dartmoor Trust and National Park Authority.
  • A 19% reduction in the number of Scheduled Monuments identified as 'at risk' due to the work of commoners, landowners, volunteers and conservation groups and the actions of the award-winning Cairn Repair Project.
  • The groundbreaking Dartmoor Farming Futures pilot and an £8.1m investment in terms of agri-environment schemes across the National Park.
  • The Dartmoor Mires project – a pilot scheme to explore how to restore blanket bogs to bring biodiversity benefits and improvements to water management and carbon capture.

Access for All

  • The Mosaic Project which helped open up the National Park to the black and minority ethnic communities and young people.
  • Stepping Stones to Nature which was focused on creating links between various communities in Plymouth and green space – building confidence so that people will access the National Park.
  • Development of Dartmoor as a cycling destination.
  • Success of the Haytor Hoppa initiative.

Communities and Business

  • The Greater Dartmoor Local Enterprise Action Fund that has helped to fund economic and community projects in the National Park and wider hinterland.
  • Dartmoor Sustainable Development Fund which has helped to support initiatives such as Chagfood – a community supported agriculture initiative involving people in the risks and rewards of producing their own food.
  • High quality development – through the development of a Design Guide for the National Park and the successful management of particular developments, such as the Buckfast tonic wine plant and affordable housing at Sticklepath.
  • Potential investment in superfast broadband through the Rural Community Broadband Fund and Connecting Devon and Somerset projects.
  • Development, by communities, of a Low Carbon Action Plan for Dartmoor.

The Delivery Board also highlighted lessons to learn for the next Management Plan including:

  • a more concise and inspiring vision (a comment echoed by the independent assessment of the National Park Authority in 2011);
  • smarter, clearer actions;
  • shorter document, more focused and with better links with other plans that partner organisations are responsible for;
  • clarity over monitoring – who is it for and what is the purpose;
  • improved clarity about who was the lead partner for actions.