A NEW exhibition highlights the current plight of Dartmoor’s River Teign and explores how partner organisations are working together to improve its future.
The project was launched in February 2021 to improve the River Teign and its tributaries for salmon, trout and all the inhabitants and users of the river.
Visitors to Castle Drogo can see the new exhibition in the Gun Room, open daily until 30 October.
It showcases the plight of one of Dartmoor’s most popular rivers and how a project hopes to improve its future.
Through a series of panels and films, the exhibition tells the story of the salmon in the river Teign catchment.
Launched in February 2021, the River Teign Restoration Project aims to improve the River Teign and its tributaries for salmon, trout and all the inhabitants and users of the river.
Salmon that have used the Teign for thousands of years are now facing significant decline due to a multitude of issues including climate change, pollution and human interaction with the river.
This partnership project also aims to encourage people to take an interest in the river, its wildlife and rich cultural heritage.
Teign Angling and Conservation Association (TACA) chair, Roger Furniss, said: ‘Thanks to the National Trust we have this fantastic space to tell the story of the Teign and its salmon to the thousands of visitors who pass through the castle.
‘A few hundred feet below Castle Drogo is the beautiful river and I have no doubt that this exhibition will help visitors understand the challenges this important water source faces and how they can play their part in securing its future.’
Rebecca Glover, programming and partnerships officer at Castle Drogo, added: ‘The man who built Castle Drogo, Julius Drewe, was a keen fisherman and the proximity to the River Teign was undoubtably a deciding factor in him choosing the location for the castle. We are delighted to be hosting this exhibition to help raise awareness of the river’s plight and the wonderful work taking place to help improve its future.’
The River Teign Restoration project has been made possible thanks to The National Lottery Heritage Fund and the lead partners, the Teign Angling and Conservation Association (TACA), who are working with several partners including the Environment Agency, Westcountry Rivers Trust, MED theatre company, Peter Randall Page and the National Trust.
The exhibition is open every day until Sunday 30 October in the Gun Room at Castle Drogo. Entry is free for National Trust members. Normal admission applies for non-members.
Visit riverteignrestorationproject.co.uk or nationaltrust.org.uk/castle-drogo to find out more.