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Gallantry Bower Conservation Task Day

Event Date: 3rd March 2022, 10:00 – 15:00

Event Category: Volunteering Activity

Location: Gallantry Bower, near Clovelly

Suitable for: Fit and able bodied individuals with some free time an interest in the local area.

Cost: Free

Upcoming volunteer conservation day in support of the Monument Management Scheme (MMS).

As many of you know, this is a follow-on to the Heritage Lottery Funded, Coastal Heritage Project,  led by the North Devon Coast AONB. The MMS is funded by our partners Historic England and with Devon County Council’s Historic Environment team aims to encourage and support volunteers to take practical action to conserve our Scheduled Monuments.

Many bronze-age barrows have been damaged by a combination of ploughing, animal burrowing, scrub vegetation or excavation (the latter mostly during the Victorian period). The barrow at Gallantry Bower however is perilously close to the cliff edge and is threatened by coastal erosion.

With the support of partners, Substrata, our task is to carry-out a geophysical survey of the barrow and if time permits, to complete a survey of a mysterious ‘square feature’ to the North. Alongside this, will be an aerial ‘drone’ survey, vegetation management and work to install safety signage on the South West Coast Path.

We’d love to hear from you if you’re interested in getting involved. 

Please get in touch with Task Co-ordinator Joe Penfold via his email  joepenfold@hotmail.com  if you’d like to book on to a volunteering day and he will follow this up with further details nearer the time.

Tools, PPE and refreshments will be provided and we are happy to reimburse travel expenses to/from project sites.

For more information on the MMS achievements, see here:

Monument Management Scheme – Coastal Hillforts Project Report | North Devon Coast (northdevon-aonb.org.uk)