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Information on the locality, heritage and contact information

At Hartland Abbey we are proud of our position in the history and environment of the area. Over a number of years we have engaged ourselves in a wide variety of projects with numerous organisations in protecting the flora and fauna, the ancient landscape and, where we can, taking on board the issues that affect our planet today.

Working with the A.O.N.B. and others we have engaged in the management of St Catherine’s Tor hill-slopes, the monitoring of the spread of montbretia in Speke’s valley and the treatment of Japanese Knotweed.

The Coastal Path runs through the estate from Berry to Spekes and we are delighted by the numbers of hardy souls who thoroughly enjoy tackling  these strenuous paths. We have reopened a number of the old paths on the estate and these have become favourites with our visitors throughout the season.

On Stoke Barton a team came and trained in the art of hedging and stone walling and we have been very pleased to have had the University of Exeter and their archaeology students under their Community Landscapes Project and the XArch Project, supporting a community involvement in Hartland, working on the estate. Their work has revealed some fascinating information about the Warren, The Swannery and the Abbey grounds. The University held a community ‘dig’ on the Warren to explore the remains of the medieval rabbit warrens that litter that area.

We look forward to protecting and discovering more of the environment we live in and hope to engage in further projects in the future.