The Mary & Brian Chugg Conservation Award, formerly the Samuel Foss Conservation Award, is presented to people who have contributed significantly to the conservation of Exmoor. If you would like to nominate someone who has made a conservation contribution in some way that had benefitted Exmoor, please contact us by 31 May.
The 2016 Award was presented at the 2016 Annual General Meeting to Rob Wilson-North, Conservation Manager, Exmoor National Park Authority, for his dedicated work on the archaeology of Exmoor which is of importance both nationally and locally. His interpretation of the landscape has been a revelation, in particular that of John Knight’s designed landscape at Ashcombe, and the Simonsbath Project.
The 2015 Award was presented at the 2015 Annual General Meeting to Christina Williams for her drive and determination in setting up a five-year project called ‘Grazing the Moor’ with the Molland Estate, the Heather Trust and other partners. The project monitors the impact of changes to the grazing regime, including the introduction of winter grazing by cattle on the moor. The hope is that, through the experiment, winter grazing will begin a long-awaited fight-back against the explosion of gorse, bracken and Molinia grass that is threatening the moor’s character.