This week and next Dartmoor National Park Authority is hosting 8 work placement students who get the opportunity to work alongside and shadow a wide variety of officers at the Authority. This includes work with the ecologists, rangers, archaeologists, planners and resources.
On Monday 11th July two students shadowed the Sustainable Development Officer and during the course of their day they visited two potential funding projects for the Dartmoor Sustainmable Development Fund. This gave them the opportunity to see what kind of projects might be funded, how they supported Dartmoor and the National Park purposes and critically how they would meet the sustainability criteria – environmental, social and economic.
At the end of the day the students were then asked to be present as His Royal Highness The Duke of Cornwall visited Dartmoor National Park Authority’s High Moorland Visitor Centre in Princetown to mark the 60th Anniversary of Dartmoor’s designation as a National Park.
On meeting the Duke the students were asked how long they had been in their placement and after finding out it was their first day the Duke wanted to to ensure that the staff had been kind to to them and not make them work too hard!
Not quite a normal day for work placement students but one they will remember for a long time!
For further information on the Duke’s visit please see