Bovey Tracey

Granite Elements is the name of Bovey Tracey’s innovative two-year Parishscapes project, being led by local resident and artist Bridget Arnold. The project aims to shine a light on how the past history of granite quarrying has shaped the heritage of the parish of Bovey Tracey and how this connects local people to their surrounding landscape.

Bovey Tracey- Granite Elements

Granite Tramway Walk 2

Walking along the Granite Tramway that runs through Yarner Woods

Granite Elements Celebrating the granite heritage of Bovey Tracey

The story of Dartmoor granite began about 300 million years ago, but what does it mean to us today? How has granite shaped the lives of the people in our parish?

Granite Elements is the name of Bovey Tracey’s innovative two-year Parishscapes project, being led by local resident and artist Bridget Arnold.  The project shines a light on how the past history of granite quarrying has shaped the heritage of the parish of Bovey Tracey and how this connects local people to their surrounding landscape.

This engaging and dynamic project encourages the local community to draw inspiration from the timeless landscape in a number of ways:

  • Guided walks introduce people to the various natural, cultural and built elements of heritage within their parish
  • Volunteers  help maintain the Granite Tramway for the benefit of everyone
  • A Granite Trail around Bovey Tracey is in progress
  • Artists days provide opportunities for professional artists to be inspired by the granite surroundings and history
  • Creative writing workshops bring writers together to experience the unique landscape and craft their poetry and prose
  • Workshops help members of the community learn new skills and explore the heritage of the area in a unique and meaningful way
  • Artwork will be showcased in displays and exhibitions within the parish. The artwork produced will help tell the story of the granite tramway through an exhibition at the Devon Guild of Craftsmen from Friday 8th September – Sunday 15th October 2017
  • Underpinning the whole project will be on-going research led by Viv Styles and the Bovey Tracey Heritage Centre

    Creative Writing Workshop

Granite Lines - creative writing workshop in the Woodland Centre, Yarner Woods

This project is a partnership between local artists and the Bovey Tracey Heritage Trust with support from the Devon Guild of Craftsmen, Natural England, the Dartmoor Pony Heritage Trust and the Bovey Tracey Society of Artists.

Next steps...

To keep up to date with the project please click on the link to the Granite Elements blog below http://graniteelements.blogspot.co.uk/

For more information, please contact the Community Heritage Officer, Emma Stockley emma@moorthanmeetstheeye.org

01822 890 904

Inspired by the Granite Element Soils Walk- (part of the programme of walks taking place as part of Granite Elements) Clare Benson created her own "Soil Cakes" to share along the way. Read her blog and recipes below.

Clare's Soil Blog

Inspired by the Granite Elements Creative Writing Workshop volunteers penned poetry and prose.

The Trek by N Kitto

Haytor's Heart by N Kitto

Granite Lines by A Holmes

The Bovey Tracey Society of Artists held a Workshop at Yarner Wood in March 2017. Read all about it here.

Discover the story of Granite in Bovey Tracey with this leaflet produced by volunteers from the Bovey Tracey Heritage Trust

Granite Trail Leaflet

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Last update: 07 Aug 2017 4:24pm