Moor Community

Moor Community

Following a successful bid to the Green Recovery Challenge Fund, three Community Engagement Rangers have been appointed by a partnership working for Dartmoor, comprising Dartmoor National Park Authority, National Trust, Woodland Trust and South West Lakes.

Emily Cannon, Katherine Koster-Shadbolt and Natalie Gibb have got until March 2023, to deliver the Moor Community project for people who live in and around Dartmoor and those who visit the National Park as well.

Their work aims to help people to discover and appreciate Dartmoor’s special qualities, enjoy and use Dartmoor’s landscape with care, and respect the other people within Moor Community.

From their own experiences and passions, our Community Engagement Rangers have created three core themes for their work:

  • Inspire local young people to love and care for Dartmoor, becoming future ambassadors for the National Park
  • Connect visitors with the communities that call this wild space a work place
  • Provide opportunities for people to experience Dartmoor who currently feel excluded or distanced from the National  Park

All three Community Engagement Rangers will be working with a wide range of people and partner organisations across the National Park. We hope that their work  will bridge gaps to allow the network of communities in and around Dartmoor to deliver Moor Community which will benefit the people as well as the place.

Our Community Engagement Rangers are keen to work together with communities to do things differently, building sustainable and mutually beneficial relationships. If you would like to get in touch, please contact them directly using the details below or find them on social media as Moor Community.

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Meet the team

Zoology graduate Katherine has a background in environmental education, engagement and outreach, in paid and voluntary roles. Her key areas of interest are science, food, being active in the outdoors and alternative education. Throughout her placements, she had worked with young people who thrive outside of a mainstream education environment and wants to continue that work on Dartmoor.

“I am very excited to use this role to connect people with this vibrant living landscape in novel and empowering ways. I want to raise aspirations of the young people in and around Dartmoor and inspire confidence and independence in people who may currently feel disconnected from the park. It’s going to be a very busy year, but I’m working alongside two outstanding people in this role, and I am sure we will do Dartmoor proud.” 
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Natalie’s background is in engaging communities with the outdoors and helping them feel a part of their natural surroundings. Most recently, Natalie spent two years in Canada where she worked as a youth worker and had the opportunity to take young people into the National Parks of British Columbia, seeing first-hand the impact these experiences had on people’s lives.

“I can’t wait to bring the beauty of Dartmoor National Park to as many people as possible over the next year – without having to worry about the bears this time! – I enjoy wild swimming, trail running and wildlife so can’t wait to explore all that Dartmoor has to offer.”
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Emily is already a familiar face to many, having worked at Dartmoor National Park as a Youth Engagement Ranger before being appointed to this new role.

“I am excited to have the opportunity to build on the environmental youth work I started through the recently completed Generation Green Project, to continue the junior and youth ranger programme, and explore ways to enable the wider community to simply enjoy being outdoors.”
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