I have recently begun volunteering for the Dartmoor Preservation Association, just helping to clear out some historical sites and a further chance to spend some time on Dartmoor. I had one day on Roborough Down helping to clear bracken, bramble and gorse from the Plymouth Leat. Today however was a bit higher up, thankfully the rain stayed away but the wind blew. Recently the Pound near to Buckland Beacon has been rediscovered, and there is a plan to create a walk which passes through this area. The DPA were tasked to clear the site, so armed with strimmers, rakes, loppers and cutters we headed out from Cold East Cross. Now these hardy bunch have already cleared a decent part of the Pound, but there was still a fair bit to do. A fine morning and afternoon was spent clearing the site and at the end I decided to head up to Buckland Beacon and Welstor Rock before heading to the Old Inn at Widecombe for a refreshment or two with the rest. I haven’t done volunteering before but I’m hooked and I will be back to do more for the DPA and their fantastic bunch.