Marshals support patrols across National Park - Dartmoor National Park

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The Dartmoor Marshals, now in their fourth summer, are on patrol to support the work of the National Park’s Rangers.

The additional boots on the ground, in place until September, will provide high-visibility reassurance to people who live and work in the National Park as well as people visiting the moor – whether it’s a first holiday or a regular recreational day out.

Dartmoor Deputy Head Ranger Ella Briens said: “As the eyes and ears on the ground, we spend lots of time encouraging people to enjoy and appreciate Dartmoor, whether that’s highlighting the dangers of disposable barbecues and open fires, offering directions, or explaining our byelaws. Unfortunately, some people don’t look after Dartmoor, and this causes problems for others including farmers, residents, businesses, and the protected landscape. We still see incidents of littering, cars blocking gates and barbecues scorching the ground. We must all do our bit to protect Dartmoor. The marshals are providing additional help throughout the busy summer holidays to deal with some of the issues we face so Dartmoor remains special for everyone.”

Marshals were first introduced in summer 2020 and have proved to be valuable in supporting Ranger patrols into the evening by combatting anti-social behaviour and encouraging people to look after the National Park by respecting the byelaws, particularly those around camping, open fires/barbecues and taking litter home.

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Posted On: 18/08/2023

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