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WWII Concrete Landing Craft Volunteer Day at Braunton Burrows.

Event Date: 2nd March 2022, 10:00 – 15:00

Event Category: Volunteering Activity

Location: Braunton Burrows

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

Cost: Free

Another 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.

Those who know the ‘Burrows well will be familiar with these unique features hidden among the dunes. The concrete WWII Landing Craft were constructed by the American forces to practise amphibious assault in preparation for D-Day. The AONB sought official protection for the features and in 2019 the Landing Craft were Listed by Historic England. 

Our task will be to control encroaching scrub regeneration around the features so they can be better accessed, revealed and interpreted.

For archive footage of the Landing Craft, see here (skip to around 6:30): World War 2 – Braunton Burrows Concrete Landing Craft – YouTube

If you would like to get involved we’d love to hear from you!

 Please get in touch with Task Co-ordinator Joe Penfold via his email  joepenfold@hotmail.com  if you’d like to book on the volunteer days 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)