the Hillyfield Appeal – Help Small Woods Thrive by Crowdfunder, UK Crowdfunding Platform

Funded : £36,326of £35,000 target

 

New stretch target

Wow. WE DID IT!

The Crowd-funder is over, but if you still want to donate, or enjoy some of the amazing rewards on offer you can. Visit www.savehillyfield.co.uk to donate & enjoy some great Hillyfield music. Or our website www.thehillyfield.co.uk

Please ‘Like’ our facebook page https://www.facebook.com/thehillyfieldwoodlandfarm/  & find a list of events, updates, news and progress reports. You can also subscribe to our mailing list.

If you want to book a ticket for the Martha Tilston and Martin Shaw gig – then do it now at https://www.wegottickets.com/event/366932

Thank Godness for your Goodness!

We are completely gobsmacked at having got this far and levelled the field where we can afford a quality legal team. Thank you for your faith, support, and voice to the authority that we should be able to care for these woods in a sustainable way and have something to offer which should be supported on Dartmoor.

We can use all the help we can get. Not only do we want to make sure that we don’t get caught out with any shortfall (i.e. any extra funds could be a bit of security if we have to do an extra day in Public Inquiry),  but we would like to turn this to a positive direction, rather than just paying the legal fees to argue our case. We want to be able to build the barns we need & also offer something more…

If you want to book a ticket for the Martha Tilston and Martin Shaw gig – then do it now at https://www.wegottickets.com/event/366932

& there are still places at the Wonderful Workshops on offer….

Good Game running a day of butchery, smoking, charcuterie and feasting (with all things good like beer, breakfast, lunch and supper)…. `
Cornish Seaweed Company foraging the coast to share their knowledge of seaweed!
And for the families out there – a day of Forest School with Alex Skinner for nature based fun…

and if you like Music… we will keep The Hillyfield EP LIVE through the www.savehillyfield.co.uk page and put on offer other ways to help support this small woodland project.

SO FAR we have raised

£30,000 to go towards the legal fees and some way towards covering the costs of the crowd-funder process.
That was based on the ‘minimum expected costs’ given by David Corsellis from Stephens Scown, plus the cost of the appeal (so far £2,500), and the cost of running the crowdfunder (the film, printing and postage of rewards etc.).

From here on in, any contributions will:

1) Help us fund the foundations and roof of the timber drying barn we want to build. est. £9000

2) Help us replace the rotting bridge that leads to the chickens. est. £1000 will do this.

3) Help Support our Community Interest Company ‘Wood Land Culture’. Anything beyond the £10K stretch will go into the CIC account.

Our aim is to engage and inspire young people and adults in rural skills and sustaianable livelihood. We want everyone to be able to feel inspired and in touch with the earth, and see this as a way to help do that. Our hope it that this year we can plant up an edible forest at the woodland edge, and wild-flowers across a hidden glade. We have already planted up over 20 nut trees at the edge of the glade, and mulched an area in preparation.
We want local school children to be part of the process, as well as create a space for individuals and groups to take an active part in this journey – to feel welcome, and own the project.

Thank you for making our dream come true!!!!!
It really is an inspiration and relief after all this work.

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A Beautiful, prize-winning woodland on Dartmoor, managed for community and environmental benefit, and supported by The Forestry Commission and other woodland experts…

‘I am inspired by the initiative and the energy of the project and equally appalled by the opposition that you have encountered which demonstrates how those in authority lose sight of the very values that they should be encouraging and protecting. They should be working with you and not against you’ (Bishop James Jones, chair to the Independent Panel on Forestry, and Vice President of the Town and Country Planning Association)

‘This is a remarkable project, run by dedicated, energetic and very well-informed people, which is a model for sustainable management of woodland on the fringes of Dartmoor’     (Dr Tom Greeves, Chair of ‘The Dartmoor Society’)

so why are the planners making it so difficult? 

This crowd-funder is to help us stand up for our right to continue caring for ‘The Hillyfield’, 45acres of ancient woodland and organic pasture on the edge of Dartmoor.

We manage land for environmental and community benefit, and won 2nd Prize at Devon County show for best managed mixed-objective woodland in 2014, second only to the National Trust.We share the land through community events and encourage people to get involved in the hands-on care of the land.In just 5 years, 100’s of volunteers have got involved, and have invested nearly 26 thousand hours of practical support. We also host short to medium term volunteer placements and apprentieships, including for students at Bicton College.

Countryside Lecturer Ant Macarel says:‘Crucially it provides a space for these people to grow in confidence, to learn to interact in work situations, to problem solve, to comprehend the full range of Health and Safety implications in the work place and of course to learn from the example of the Hilyfields in terms of the multi-dimensional aspects that appropriate, successful and sustainable modern land use requires in this time.’

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Enjoying the land & sharing skills

We host great community events such as The Woodland Olympics – a day of fun for lovers of wood of all ages! Enjoy the best of Devon wood-folk, walk, talks, and great food and ale. This year on 3rd September!

And check out the REWARDS page below for loads of gifts including an invite to The Great Celebration… with music by Martha Tilston, stories by Martin Shaw, star-gazing and more…

It’s great work, BUT – we’ve hit a wall, and the Planners threaten our very ability to sustainably manage this land.

Please Help Us stand up for our rights, and take the planners to court so we can keep caring for and sharing The Hillyfield.

OUR STORY

After appealing the refusal of permission for a wood-drying barn to season our timber – we have now been served with two Enforcement Notices forcing us to remove all the temporary structures we need to work the land. Even the compost toilets have to go. You can find all the paperwork in the blog of our websitewww.thehillyfield.co.uk We need Your Help NOW to fight this at public Inquiry & raise a voice for the sustainable management of small woodlands in Dartmoor National Park and the UK. 

Without your help this woodland will fall back into neglect and all our good work will be undone. Worse is that this can be used by the planners to make it even harder for other groups like ours to bring woodlands back from neglect and into active management for environmental and community benefit.

We Need Your Help to win this planning battle.

180 people wrote letters of support  for our appeal, but Dartmoor National Park have not made one available to the public online. We find this unreasonable and wasteful of both time and public funds.

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 An Uphill Struggle

We need to raise in excess of £35,000 to fight this appeal to allow us to continue caring for this land. This is higher than the original estimate we were given early on in our campaign (which is in our film), and based on the legal advice of head of planning at Stephens-Scown. See the end of this page for our Costs Breakdown.We do not live in the woods, our appeal is for the basic woodland infrastructure we need to be able to work the woods in a sustainable way for community and environmental benefit. The project is an example of sustainable small woodland regeneration in the UK.

We want to see a thriving wood culture on Dartmoor where the community can engage in the hands-on care of the woods here at The Hillyfield. How can we do this without a compost loo, or some dry wood to sell?

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Our Story… (in a nutshell)

We have to fight this appeal at a Public Inquiry – which means getting the support of a lawyer, barrister, and planning advisers. All this costs big money – and without your help our voice will fall short, we could well be set back 6years, and the damage to our business and the wider network of woodland workers will be significant.

Find out more about our project at www.thehillyfield.co.uk

WHERE THE MONEY GOES…Why we need £35,000+

It’s a lot of money, to us, and no doubt to you too. Here’s how it breaks down:

  • £30,000 minimum – lawyer’s fees – This is a quote from David Corsellis Head of Planning from Stephens/Scown Solicitors. This is because DNPA are forcing us to go to a Public Inquiry which requires a barrister to represent us & is exceptionally costly. The barrister we will most likely use is Gavin Collett who comes highly recommended.
  • £2,310 – Fees to Dartmoor National Park (just to appeal the enforcement) – paid.
  • £2,690 – crowdfunding expenses (including getting our film made, leaflets printed, perks, organising the crowdfunder, PayPal fees and so on). Video Production £1200, printing £256,  Flyer dispatch £400, 5% fees to crowdfund.
  • £8000+ this is for the planning advisers who have worked tirelessly over months to help us negotiate, meet, talk, appeal and prepare the documents we need to stand up to have the voice of forestry and small woodland regeneration heard by DNPA.

Some of these amounts may be more or less than we anticipate when it comes to the crunch, but we hope that this covers the actual costs and we don’t end up having to run a second crowd-fund!

What happens if we don’t get the full £35,000?

If we fail to get the full funding we hope for from the project, we’ll at least be in a better position to put our case than we would be without it. We have raised enough money to cover some of the initial legal costs – and we would then look for pro-bono help or less qualified support.We are hoping that we can get the full amount, but if we don’t, we’ll still go ahead with the appeal, although we might not be able to present such a strong case, and our chances of winning could be that much lower – we will do our utmost to get to our target and engage the best legal support… One of the strange things about this case is that although it seems such a mind-numbingly obvious need and minimal / harmless impact – the way of law is that things can be scuppered on technicalities so we have to be very well prepared.

What happens if we get more than the money we need?

If we do better than we dream of and raise more than the costs of this legal battle (estimated £43,000), costs are lower than anticipated or awarded by the inspectorate because of how unreasonable the whole appeal is, we will contact donors to offer their money back – or better still we will take a BIG STEP FORWARD!

There are two main areas in which we need funds. If we succeed in our bid, we’d love to get on with other parts of caring for the land.  For example to help in building the timber drying barn (foundations, labour, and roofing materials), and to go towards repairing a bridge which is close to collapse. (if you want to help with directly then please let us know)If more yet funds are raised then everything will be put into the Community Interest Company ‘Wood Land Culture’ – being set up to engage and inspire adults and children in rural skills and sustainable livelihoods.

Other ways you can help – Beyond the Cash

We know that not all our supporters have funds that they can spare, no matter how strongly they believe in us – So here are some other ways you can also help:

  • Spread the word – this crowdfunder is going to finish on July 13th. We need you to keep sharing it on facebook and twitter and tumblr and instagram and so on and on and on (and on…) and put personal messages out to friends.
  • Send us your enthusiasm – this thing doesn’t run on clicks alone: email us at thehillyield@gmail.com with encouragement. Some of your words have already drawn us to tears and inspired us with your care.
  • And Please Volunteer to help at any of our fundraising events. This is fun too 🙂

YOU CAN PASTE THESE TO FACEBOOK TO HELP SHARE OUR MESSAGE:Beautiful Woodland Project needs our help. Click here https://youtu.be/WQwlCeN2CrQ

Help Save this woodland from Planners decisions. Watch & Share https://youtu.be/WQwlCeN2CrQ

I’ve supported The Hillyfield Appeal – Can you help? http://www.crowdfunder.co.uk/thehillyfield

Also some images here that might be good to share…

FOR TWITTER

Want to Save a Wood? Watch this gorgeous video @thehillyfield https://youtu.be/WQwlCeN2CrQ

I’ve helped Hillyfield. Can you? https://youtu.be/WQwlCeN2CrQ

or link the crowdfunder I’ve helped Hillyfield stand up for Trees. Can you? http://www.crowdfunder.co.uk/thehillyfield

PLEASE SUPPORT & SHARE NOW. Many thanks indeed for your help.

Doug and Claire

www.thehillyfield.co.uk

THE PERKS!
Some of these amazing rewards are still available – please click the pledge button and see what happens! Otherwise visit our websitewww.savehillyfield.co.uk to make a donation or buy The Hillyfield EP & enjoy music to help our trees.

First off, Thank You for supporting us. Even though you don’t need to claim a perk to make a contribution, take a look at some of the special treats and enjoy something tangible in return – either for you or for a friend. As you will see we are lucky to have the support of some amazing people in Devon!

During the campaign, we’ll be posting more about them, and we may throw in a few surprises along the way so make sure you’re signed up to receive updates…

The Rewards – EVENTSTHE GREAT CELEBRATION! 28th August with Martha Tilston & friends…

BARGAIN EARLY BIRD TICKETS HERE ONLY!

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Please spread the word on this one. It’s a secret 😉 Fundraising bar provided with local ales, juice, and other good things. (*feast included in full price ticket)

————Newly added rewards:

Original Hand-felted landscape by Jean Fenton… inspired by The Hillyfield. Framed in hand-made Oak frame. £100

MUSIC! Hang music by Matthew Bailey and the Birch Trio – 2 cd’s of exquisite hang music, clarinet, accordian, and more. Very relaxing. £20  (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VGqQEpLD3fE)

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WILD GUIDE to SCANDANAVIA Norway, Sweden, Denmark & Iceland! ‘Swim, camp, canoe, and explore Europe’s greatest wilderness’. Fantastic book for anyone wanting to get out and about on a proper adventure or just be inspired by exceptionally lovely photos of hot-springs, canoes and mountains!

FELTED CREATURE CREATION byJessie Scantlebury – exceptionally talented felt needlework artist makes lifelike miniature animals. Your choice of a custom made Sloth, Brown Bear, or chicken. £50 67096-ae06a89588cc54f591b864bee96d6625.j   67096-98319c26acedfc1d8d7ad2854d67beb3.j

Time Traveller Tickets! – Narnia Totnes and the Time Travellers Muzeum have donated two tickets to travel through time at their incredible Muzeum on Totnes High-street.

INCREDIBLE extra virgin Olive oil from Crete – 0.3% acidity, pressed in January this year. 1.5 litre glass bottle!  (chemical & pesticide free). This is very delicious oil!

Original PAINTINGS by Jonathan Walker – (watercolour & pen) They are coming! Get ready for these. A real treat.

4 xWildHeart Festival Tickets (Bargain at £70 each) – http://www.wildheartgathering.com/ – 12th to 14th August

 DARTMOOR ZOO! – Amazing opportunities!- A YEAR Long FAMILY pass – loads of added value to this!- MEET THE TIGERS!!! Yes – up close and personal!- A VIP Tour of the zoo with Benjamin Mee, founder and inspiration behind the project.

A Call to DANCE! Voucher for 10 sessions with Sue Rickard’s dance workshops in London. Top Quality 5Rhythm teacher & movement inspiration. Bargain price. http://www.acalltodance.com/#!5-rhythms-classes/c8ni Tuesday and or Saturday classes (total value £160-£190) Location: St George’s Church, Crayford Road, London, N7 0ND

A Walk on Dartmoor with Dartmoor’s Daughter Emma Cunnis, and watercolour teacher Gina Hemery… Visit the ancient megolith at the source of the river Harbourne (more info in the reward box) and journey beyond into the moor proper.

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 The Rewards... ORIGINAL ARTWORKS

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Yvonne Coomber, Mike Boyer, Jonathan Walker, Doug King-Smith

All these Devon artists have offered work for the crowd-fund. Some are available now, some will be specially made. So watch this space & if you know an art lover let them know! A great opportunity to own your own masterpiece.

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YVONNE COOMBER – Beautiful works of art inspired by nature, love and wild spaces. Yvonne is a great friend of The Hillyfield and has offered 3 of these limited edition prints of ‘I AM SO FULL OF LOVE’ (printers proof) 565MM X 690MM.    Pure joy in a painting.

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JONATHAN WALKER – Inspriational wildlife illustrator weaving great imaginative worlds. A favourite for chidren and adults alike. Jonathan has offered to come to The Hillyfield to create an original artwork available at auction and limited edition print. Check for Updates! It’s in the making!

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DOUG KING-SMITH – Sculptures made from wood. Doug’s last sculpture exhibition was in Japan.  Take this opportunity to buy a sculpture made specially for you, either for indoors or outdoors. On the theme of the one pictured here… ‘Many Circles. One Life’ or let him know your needs. dougkingsmith@yahoo.co.uk

The Rewards – WORKSHOPS & LEARNING

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Good_Game, The Cornish Seaweed Company, Brigit-Anna McNeil, Forest School, & Doug King-Smith, Dartmoor Horse Loggers

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GOOD GAME – TOP VALUE DAY OUT IN THE WOODS – food, meat, beer, fun. Saving £100 on usualy prices!

“True artisans and very proud of what we do. Our mission is to make the best tasting game and cured meat in the world.” – SATURDAY 20th August – All day…. arrive early for a home-made bacon sandwhich and then get cracking for a full day of food-ing 🙂

Learn from the best, & spend a day with the team of ‘Good Game’. Feast through the day & learn everything about dressing, smoking, cooking & eating wild meat. You will learn a lot!

If you are into real food, from real people, and learning how to make the BEST meat – then book now!

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The Wild Experience.. with BRIGIT-ANNA MCNEILL. 23rd July

A very special day at The Hillyfield with professional forager and medicine maker, Eco therapist, plant walker, wild herbalist and facinating speaker Brigit-Anna McNeilLearn to gather food, natural medicine, and enjoy a delicious meal cooked from the great abundance gathered from the land.Come and explore The Hillyfield and discover the native wildlife and edible delights that it has to offer. 16yrs + or babes in arms. This is a workshop for a deep connection to our living planet. Wear sensible clothing and sturdy footwear for the elements. Saturday 23rd July.

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FOREST SCHOOL Fun at The Hillyfield. Nature Based Arts and Crafts for Kids (*12yrs and under) with Expert Forest School Leader Alex Skinner. (Children under 4 must be accompanied by a responsible adult).  Date: Sunday 4th September 2016, 10am-2pm. Adults by donation on the day (£20?) Vegetarian meal provided & cooked on the fire. (Dress for the weather and please let us know of any allergies or other needs. Thank You)

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THE CORNISH SEAWEED COMPANY – enjoy a day with Tim, founder of the Cornish Seaweed Company. Tim has basically got seaweed foraging on the shore – and is a mine of information, experience, and good cheer.Sunday 4th September 2016 at Tregallast Barton Farm, St Keverne, Cornwall. Meet at Roskilly’s Ice Creams.

The Rewards – GIFTS FOR AND FROM THE WOODS

CHOPPING BOARDS, BENCHES, TREE-PLANTING, SWING BENCH, DONATIONS

BE A TREE FRIEND – Fancy Planting a Woodland or making a tree-planting gift? Help us regenerate the mixed broadleaf woodland by planting a sweet-chestnut tree, or Oak tree. A real gift to the land & the future.

CHOPPING BOARDS – Made from our beautiful home-grown larch and oiled with a natural beeswax hand-made oil. Own a piece of The Hillyfield or gift it to a friend.

MEMORIAL BENCHES – Buy a loved one a bench which will be put somewhere beautiful at The Hillyfield – come and choose the spot if you fancy and know that there is a view for you from a hill in Devon.

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SWING BENCH – This is a lovely bench made from round-wood and Brixham fishermans rope. A really comfortable bench. If you buy it for us, there is a perfect spot waiting by the river. If you buy it for you then we need to work out delivery.

The Rewards – MUSIC

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SAVE THE HILLYFIELD EP!SAM WALKER – ASHLEY HEIGHT – TREVA WHO – SAM ALTY – ALGY BEHRENS

This is music from the heart, that lifts the soul and shakes your boots. 5 amazing artists who have all played at Acoustic Haven. Download these original tracks & feel the passion from those who have been to the land, felt the earth, and share her story.

Heart Out – Sam Walker – The Hilly Field – Ashley Height – Hilly – Treva Who (aka The Noisy Parrot) – Hillyfield Tango – Sam Alty – Legend of The Hilly Field – Algy Behrens

You will receive a link to the download page and a code to enter to redeem your download when you pledge – listen to these by clicking the pictures. Ashely Height (The Hilly Field), and Heart Out by Sam Walker

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Stacey Cohen Merch Pack!Hoodie, T-Shirt, Download voucher, CD and sticker! All for £30 not £50! The Archer CD & Download plus Charcoal Grey Hoodie & T-shirt!check out Stacey’s music here.

All The Rewards that have gone!

  FELTED CREATURE CREATION byJessie Scantlebury – exceptionally talented felt needlework artist makes lifelike miniature animals. Your choice of a custom made Sloth, Brown Bear, or chicken. £50

SOLD – Retreat by the Dart – 2 nights for 1person to luxuriate in a gorgeous 19th Century Coach House. Gift yourself 2 nights of magic, just a stones throw from the river dart & Dartington estate

Sold – SEWING WORKSHOP in Brighton Sew shop – 2x 3hour workshops in sewing & dress-making

Sold – MASSAGE in Bristol with Leanna Anderson – Enjoy 1.5hours of Deeply relaxing holistic massage. Treatment includes initial consultation (2 people. £40 each). Leanna qualified in Holistic massage in 2007.

Sold – Canoe Down the Dart on August Friday 5th – 6pm to 10pm – http://windingrivercanoe.co.uk/evening-paddle-canoe  (usually £35 each – here only £25 each)


AMBIOS Lower Sharpham Farm –
 SOLD – Top Quality Organic Meat Hamper.

ALMOND THIEF BAKERY – SOLD  ‘A Golden Ticket’ for the Almond Thief Bakery. .

THE CHURCH HOUSE INN RATTERYSOLD – Sunday Roast Undoubtedly the best C13 pub in the South West.

DAPPA – SOLD! – Cosmo Caddy, the founder of Devon Distillery, has quality alcohol production in his DNA & generosity in his heart. Lucky supporters will get one of 6 bottles of his premium DAPPA (Devon Grappa!) 45% proof delicious treats PLUS a personal tour (to be arranged) with Cosmo at the distillary near Staverton, Devon. SOLD – FOOT TO EARTH with Denise Rowe (dance, movement, rhythm, song & yoga) 8th – 11th September 2016 Sold – FIREFOX 5 WOODBURNING STOVE – A brand new beautiful stove from STOVES ONLINE. Check this beauty out here. Just £300 rather than £373!Sold – A MONTH of Acupuncture! with Zoe Prendergast, a  fully qualified classical Chinese acupuncturist and herbalist. Zoe is highly experienced at finding just the spot to help balance the system and help treat most conditions. She is also a specialist in fertility and reproductive health. This will be 4 treatments over a month at a bargain price of £120. Will take place in Totnes

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 MIKE BOYER –  SOLD – Brilliant, Witty, Enchanting. Mike Boyers exhibitions are a treasury of the quirky and unusual, deeply layered oils with rich content. He has kindly offered our very favourite ‘TENDER IS THE MOON’ (limited edition Giclee Print) 550MM x 440MM for the Hillyfield Appeal. We find living with this painting a daily reminder of the abundance of deep and lasting love.

Sold – NATIVE AMERICAN FLUTE  – By Willow Freeman, Listen to the flute in a video.

Sold – 2 Hours of Exquisite Massage –  with Isha Olsen Wells. Thai, Shiatsu or Deep-Tissue at Ola Chiropractic in Totnes.

Sold- Personalised Family Tree as a beuatiful paper-cut by Kyleigh’s Papercuts. Choose one like these here, would make a great gift! http://www.notonthehighstreet.com/kyleighspapercuts/product/personalised-family-tree-papercut

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Rewards

Pledge £10

Give What You Want! From £5 and up. A Huge Thank you for helping us in this appeal for common sense and a chance to take a step forward.

149 backers so far

Pledge £12

Time Traveller Tickets! – Narnia Totnes and the Time Travellers Muzeum have donated two tickets to travel through time at their incredible Muzeum on Totnes High-street. Donate anything from £12 and up/

1 backer so far

Estimated delivery: July 2016
Pledge £16

WILD GUIDE to SCANDANAVIA Norway, Sweden, Denmark & Iceland! ‘Swim, camp, canoe, and explore Europe’s greatest wilderness’. Great book by Ben Love!

1 backer so far

Estimated delivery: August 2016
Pledge £18

1.5ltr of INCREDIBLE extra virgin Olive oil from Crete – 0.3% acidity, pressed in January this year.
Deliciously smooth, slight peppery flavour with grassy overtones – this is very lovely olive oil made in the famous Sitia region of Crete from the Kalavros Estate using tiny little Koroneiki olives (chemical and pesticide free).
If you love oil then this is one for you (or someone you really love)
COLLECTION ONLY

6 backers so far

Pledge £18

1.5ltr of INCREDIBLE extra virgin Olive oil from Crete – 0.3% acidity, pressed in January this year.
Deliciously smooth, slight peppery flavour with grassy overtones – this is very lovely olive oil made in the famous Sitia region of Crete from the Kalavros Estate using tiny little Koroneiki olives (chemical and pesticide free).
If you love oil then this is one for you (or someone you really love)
COLLECTION ONLY

2 backers so far

Pledge £20

The Hillyfield EP Download- 5 awesome & original tracks written specially to Save The Hillyfield. Acoustic Haven acts have stepped up to make a heart-tearing, soul-lifting, cheer-bringing creative response to our planning threat.

Track Listing:
Heart Out – Sam Walker,
The Hilly Field – Ashley Heights (Red Foot Crow),
Hilly – Treva Who ( aka The Noisy Parrot),
Hillyfield Tango – Sam Alty,
Legend of The Hilly Field – Algy Behrens

Mastering by Light Vessel Mastering.

You will be sent a link to the web address sometime next week to download the EP. ENJOY!!!!! It’s brilliant!

93 backers so far

Pledge £22

MUSIC! Hang music by Matthew Bailey and the Birch Trio – 2 cd’s of exquisite hang music, clarinet, accordian, and more. Very relaxing. £20

1 backer so far

Estimated delivery: August 2016
Pledge £25

Sew in Brighton Sewing School!
Enjoy A 2.5 or 3h sewing class at Sew In Brighton Sewing School in East Sussex. Learn to sew with a machine or improve your dressmaking/home furnishing skills. Sewing machines provided. Choose your own date from 5 class time/day options each week: Tues/Thurs am, Wed/Thurs eve, Sat or Sun daytime. Can be taken only in Hove, East Sussex
Forinfo about these classes go to sewinbrighton.co.uk/stitchclasses.html (these classes are usually £30/35)

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You are our Hero! Your name engraved on a plaque at the entrance to our new barn! Helping step forward with woodland care. Thank You!

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Canoe Down the Dart on August Friday 5th – 6pm to 10pm – http://windingrivercanoe.co.uk/evening-paddle-canoe (usually £35 each – here only £25 each) Join us for a magical evening on the River Dart! The evening paddle by canoe is an opportunity to have an unusual evening where you slow down and experience the natural world on the water as it moves from day to night

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Stacey Cohen Merchandise Pack. CD – Hoodie (Charcoal Grey) – T-Shirt – Download – Sticker…. normal price £50!

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EARLY BIRD Great Celebration event with Martha Tilston, Martin Shaw, Dartmoor Skies…. (feast not inc.) Martha Tilston and friends exclusive gathering. An Invitation for ONE to Celebrate all that is good at The Woods.
28th August 2016! Included is Martha Tilston Live, Nathan Ball live, Story-telling with Martin Shaw, Star gazing with Dartmoor skies…..One adult ticket. – see reward description for more info.
Plus the Exclusive Hillyfield Appeal EP download!
Early Bird ticket excludes food.

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A Walk on Dartmoor with Dartmoor’s Daughter and artist Gina Hemery for a guided walk with watercolour tuition/practice on this beautiful part of Dartmoor. Aimed at all ability levels – you will enhance the artistic skills you already have or learn new techniques and media.

The landscape is beautiful and offers many opportunities to sketch and paint. Or just to walk along with the group and drink it all in! Starting at Moor Cross, we will wander up through woodland, meadows, near the Harbourne river, to the ancient standing stone ‘the dagger’, bronze age hut circles and settlements, as well as the glorious Avon Dam reservoir.

‘Painting and drawing is a meditation. A way to feel more connected to myself. And to the land I love’. Gina Hemery, Artist

Time: 10.15am for 10.30am start. Approx 4.30pm finish

Meeting point: Moor Cross near Skerraton. Map reference SX7064

What to bring: Dartmoor weather is changeable so bring warm layers, sunscreen, sturdy walking shoes, and waterproofs. Bring lunch and drinks. And bring your own painting/drawing materials, pencil, rubber, sharpener and sketch pad. (We can provide basic watercolour supplies if you let us know at least a week in advance. There will be a small additional fee.)

Difficulty: This walk is medium difficulty. There will be several stops for sketching and painting as well as lunch but you need to be comfortable spending several hours in open and hilly moorland terrain.

Cost: http://www.crowdfunder.co.uk/thehillyfield/
Pre-booking is essential.

About the artist: Gina Hemery grew up in Devon and has lived in Dorset for over 28 years and is constantly inspired to paint the natural world around her home, the countryside and further afield. She has been drawing and painting for as long as she can remember – watercolour became her medium of choice due to it’s portability, and it rapidly hooked her. She works mostly outdoors and she continually explores this medium’s magical ability to convey light, colour and atmosphere. Gina is influenced by the philosophy and practise of early Chinese painters, the Impressionists, Samuel Palmer and many other water-colourists of the present day. Check out ‘Gina Hemery Art’ FB page for more examples of her exquisite work. https://www.facebook.com/VFHemery/?fref=ts

NB:
* If the weather forecast is heavy rain, the day will be postponed and you will receive 24 hours notice. You can choose to move to the future date.
** Walks are at your own risk.

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Forest School Fun at The Hillyfield. Nature Based Arts and Crafts for Kids (*12yrs and under) with Expert Forest School Leader Alex Skinner from NatureWorkshops. (Children under 4 must be accompanied by a responsible adult). Date: Sunday 4th September 2016, 10am-2pm. Adults by donation on the day (£20?) Vegetarian meal provided & cooked on the fire. (Dress for the weather and please let us know of any allergies or other needs. Thank You)

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Your name Engraved… PLUS Save the Hillyfield EP. Check out the two previous rewards for info! Thank you 🙂

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Give What You Want! From £5 and up. A Huge Thank you for helping us in this appeal for common sense and a chance to take a step forward.

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MASSAGE in Bristol with Leanna Anderson – Enjoy 1.5hours of Deeply relaxing holistic massage. Treatment includes initial consultation (2 people. £40 each). Leanna qualified in Holistic massage in 2007.

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Hand-made Wooden Chopping Board- from our own beautiful timber! Perfect Christmas Gift.

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Estimated delivery: October 2016
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THE CORNISH SEAWEED COMPANY – enjoy a day with Tim, founder of the Cornish Seaweed Company. Tim has basically got seaweed foraging on the shore – and is a mine of information, experience, and good cheer. Sunday 4th September 2016 at Tregallast Barton Farm, St Keverne, Cornwall. Meet at Roskilly’s Ice Creams.

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Hand-made Wooden Chopping Board- from our own beautiful timber! Perfect Christmas Gift.

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Estimated delivery: September 2016
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Exclusive Event with Martha Tilston, Martin Shaw, Dartmoor Skies, Organic feast…. It’s THE GREAT CELEBRATION! Martha Tilston and friends exclusive gathering. An Invitation for ONE to Celebrate all that is good at The Woods.
28th August 2016! Included is Organic pit-roasted lamb & veggie alternative, Martha Tilston Live, Alex Roberts live, Story-telling with Martin Shaw, Star gazing with Dartmoor skies…..One adult ticket. – see reward description for more info. Plus the Exclusive Hillyfield Appeal EP download!

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Personalised paper cut / family tree. See here. http://www.notonthehighstreet.com/kyleighspapercuts/product/personalised-family-tree-papercut
http://www.notonthehighstreet.com/kyleighspapercuts/product/personalised-family-oak-tree-with-motto

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Estimated delivery: August 2016
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Become a ‘Tree Friend’. Plant a Sweet Chestnut Tree as part of a new 50year coppice woodland – nuts and all 🙂 Plus the Exclusive Hillyfield Appeal EP download, and Your name engraved on a plaque at the entrance to our new wood drying barn!

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The Golden Ticket for the Almond Thief Bakery. A gift from Dan and offering good value across the board at The Almond Thief…. home of great coffee and wonderful bread, pastries and toasties. It’s a place too good to be true – and for those of us who knows it this could be a great gift 🙂

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Estimated delivery: July 2016
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Church House Inn- Rattery
Sunday Roast for 2, 2 courses and a bottle of wine 🙂

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Felted Creature Creation by Jessie Scantlebury: Brown Bear is made from 100% pure, undyed jacob wool. The one pictured is is 8 cm, um, wide and sits a little over 10cm tall but sizes may vary.
Sloth is made from 100% pure, undyed jacob wool, apart from her eyes, which are tiny beads – she also has a bit of wire in her lovely long legs. She is a funny shape to measure but head to tail she’s about 11cm
Chicken is made from sheep’s wool, with painted wire legs and feet. The one pictured is 12 cm tall and from beak to tail feathers she’s 10 cm long.
Sizes and colours may vary.

Please note: the sculptures are not toys and therefore wouldn’t be suitable for a child, unless the child knew that Bear/Sloth/Chicken needs to just sit quietly somewhere, like on a shelf, or on a bedside cabinet. They do like being talked to though and love listening to stories.

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Estimated delivery: October 2016
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A bottle of premium DAPPA (Devon Grappa!) 43% proof delicious treat – and Silver award winner for Taste of the West. PLUS a personal tour (to be arranged) with Cosmo at the distillary near Staverton, Devon.

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Felted Creature Creation by Jessie Scantlebury: Brown Bear is made from 100% pure, undyed jacob wool. The one pictured is is 8 cm, um, wide and sits a little over 10cm tall but sizes may vary.
Sloth is made from 100% pure, undyed jacob wool, apart from her eyes, which are tiny beads – she also has a bit of wire in her lovely long legs. She is a funny shape to measure but head to tail she’s about 11cm
Chicken is made from sheep’s wool, with painted wire legs and feet. The one pictured is 12 cm tall and from beak to tail feathers she’s 10 cm long.
Sizes and colours may vary.

Please note: the sculptures are not toys and therefore wouldn’t be suitable for a child, unless the child knew that Bear/Sloth/Chicken needs to just sit quietly somewhere, like on a shelf, or on a bedside cabinet. They do like being talked to though and love listening to stories.

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Estimated delivery: September 2016
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Falconry Display Ticket at Devon Bird of Prey Centre, Newton Abbot. Normal price £60, 2 hour falconry session.
Enjoy close encounters with these magnificent birds, spend time gaining insight into the ancient art of falconry, you will be amazed at the agility of the hawk, the grace of the owl and the spectacular flight of the falcon stooping the lure at over 100 mile per hour. Your experience will include an introduction to the different species and then emphasis will be on hands on and flying a selection of the birds to the glove for yourself. A wonderful treat for yourself or an ideal gift for someone special
Our experiences give you an opportunity to glimpse behind the scenes and find out what is involved in handling, training and flying Birds of Prey. Delivered in a lighthearted and fun way.

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Give What You Want! From £5 and up. A Huge Thank you for helping us in this appeal for common sense and a chance to take a step forward.

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Gilbert’s Cider! YES! 12 x750ml of Gilbert’s exquisitely tasty bottles of Premium Cider. This is one for a true cider lover. Gilbert is an artist in every sense of the word, and his cider is one of those phenomena’s of a man on a quest for perfection. Gilbert planted the trees himself and this is the fruit of many years of enjoyment. Collection only from Totnes.

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WildHeart Festival in Devon – 12th to 14th August
Enjoy this exclusive and inspired magical festival, a conscious celebration of life from sun up to sun down. A gorgeous weekend to meet new friends, try something new, dance, reconnect with life and celebrate. The most delicious small festival in Devon, with over 60 workshops, prepare to be inspired by world renowned speakers and workshops, expect to dance to wild magical music in the evenings, make community, meet new friends, giggle along to the late night cabaret, celebrate under the star filled skies, in the wild Devon country a few miles from some of the most beautiful beaches in Devon. A small festival with a big heart. With The Turbans, Bob Hillary and the massive mellow, Undercover Hippy, Rodney Branigan, Sika and more…. For full details of workshops and music line up go to: http://www.wildheartgathering.com/4 tickets at just £70 rather than £75

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The Wild Experience.. with BRIGIT-ANNA MCNEILL. Learn to gather food, wild medicine, and enjoy a delicious meal cooked from the great abundance gathered from the land. See description for details. 16yrs & above. DATE TO BE CONFIRMED

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2 hour massage voucher with Isha Olsen Wells. Treat Yourself or a loved one. Isha is AMAZING at Thai, Swedish, and Deep Tissue massage, held at the beautiful Ola Chiropractic Centre in Totnes.

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FOOT TO EARTH CAMP – 10th & 11th September Weekend Ticket! (normal price £95). Kindly donated by camp founder Denise Rowe. ‘Dance and Movement to unlock the potency of who we really are’.
Imagine a whole weekend of movement, dance, rhythm, song & yoga… set in a stunning farm on Dartmoor with hot-tub, cafe, and massage therapists.
A really great weekend! Treat yourself!

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Become a ‘Tree Friend’. Plant an OAK Tree and see it grow for 100 years… well…. plant it for the FUTURE of a healthy happy woodland culture on Dartmoor. Plus the Exclusive Hillyfield Appeal EP download, and Your name engraved on a plaque at the entrance to our new barn!

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Retreat by the Dart – 2 nights for 1person to luxuriate in a gorgeous 19th Century Coach House. Gift yourself 2 nights of magic, just a stones throw from the river dart & Dartington estate, and close to yummy tea rooms & the Riverford Farm Shop. A space to ‘ Just be’. http://retreatbythedart.com/

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Ambios Organic Meat Hamper – £100 of delicious organic meat! We had a shoulder of lamb and it was heavenly & succulent. Collection / delivery to be arranged (at cost)

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Original Hand-felted landscape by Jean Fenton… inspired by The Hillyfield. Framed in hand-made Oak frame. Collection Only

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Discount Great Celebration with Martha Tilston… (family ticket not inc. feast) and Martin Shaw, Dartmoor Skies… Martha Tilston and friends exclusive gathering. An Invitation for 2adults & 2children to Celebrate all that is good at The Woods.
28th August 2016! Included is Martha Tilston Live, Alex Roberts live, Story-telling with Martin Shaw, Star gazing with Dartmoor skies…… -See reward description for more info. Plus the Exclusive Hillyfield Appeal EP download! Discount ticket does Not include the organic feast.

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Exclusive Event (family ticket) with Martha Tilston, Martin Shaw, Dartmoor Skies, Organic feast…. It’s THE GREAT CELEBRATION! Martha Tilston and friends exclusive gathering. An Invitation for 2adults & 2children to Celebrate all that is good at The Woods.
28th August 2016! Included is Organic pit-roasted lamb & veggie alternative, Martha Tilston Live, Alex Roberts live, Story-telling with Martin Shaw, Star gazing with Dartmoor skies…… -See reward description for more info. Plus the Exclusive Hillyfield Appeal EP download!.

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A Call to DANCE! Voucher for 10 sessions with Sue Rickard’s dance workshops in London. Top Quality 5Rhythm teacher & movement inspiration. Bargain price. http://www.acalltodance.com/#!5-rhythms-classes/c8ni Tuesday and or Saturday classes (total value £160-£190) Location: St George’s Church, Crayford Road, London, N7 0ND

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A month of Acupuncture with Zoe Prendergast, a fully qualified classical Chinese acupuncturist and herbalist. Zoe is highly experienced at finding just the spot to help balance the system and help treat most conditions. She is also a specialist in fertility and reproductive health. This will be 4 treatments over a month at a bargain price of £120.
Will take place in Totnes

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The Journey of Meat with Good Game!
Learn from the best. Feast through the day & learn everything about dressing, smoking, cooking & eating wild meat. You will learn a lot! Normal price £250 pp! So this is a true bargain. Arrive early for a Good game Breakfast & leave late with a full belly and bag of tricks. Saturday 20th August 2016!

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A 1/2 DAY HORSE LOGGING EXPERIENCE for 2, with Will Hampton of Dartmoor Horse Loggers and his horses William (Ardenne) and Beano (Contois).

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A 1/2 DAY HORSE LOGGING EXPERIENCE for 2, with Will Hampton of Dartmoor Horse Loggers and his horses William (Ardenne) and Beano (Contois).
Arrive early to groom, tackle up, and learn about the horses and long-reigning through the woods. Then after tea and cake try your hand at logging in the field and in the woods. Bargain Price just £150 for the two of you.

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NATIVE AMERICAN FLUTE – By Willow Freeman, made from Birdseye Maple with Spalted Beech Mouthpiece. The Saddle is also Birdseye Maple with Blackthorn base. It is in the key of F# Pentatonic scale. Listen to the flute in a video HERE.

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Mike Boyer Original Artwork-TENDER IS THE MOON limited edition print
Very high quality Giclee prints

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Dartmoor Zoo! Meet the TIGERS!!!
Wow – what a gift – to go and meet the tigers in the zoo.

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Yvonne Coomber Original Print- I AM SO FULL OF LOVE 565MM X 690MM
very high quality Giclee prints
For collection

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Original Artwork by Jonathan Walker – Beautiful pair of paintings by brilliant illustrator Jonathan Walker. Unframed. Watercolour and ink / pencil. £400 each

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Give What You Want! From £5 and up. A Huge Thank you for helping us in this appeal for common sense and a chance to take a step forward.

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A VIP Tour of Dartmoor Zoo with owner Benjamin Mee! Meet the animals and get to enjoy this unique experience!

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Dartmoor Zoo Year Pass (family)… at a bargain price!
Unlimited Entrance for 2adults and 2childern, or 1 and 3…

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A hand-made memorial bench to be placed somewhere in the woods (come and help us find your perfect spot). Or for you to take home (Collection or we can arrange delivery). Made from durable Japanese Larch grown at The Hillyfield. Plus… two tickets to the Great Celebration with Martha Tilston on the 28th August, the Exclusive Hillyfield EP download, and Your name engraved on a plaque on our new barn!

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One of four specially made sculptures by Doug King-Smith to hang on your wall at home or place in your garden. Bring a bit of the woods home… ‘circles in the mist of time’ (to be completed) Plus… Plus 2 tickets to the Great Celebration, the Exclusive Hillyfield EP download, and Your name engraved on a plaque on our new barn!

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Estimated delivery: December 2016
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A gorgeous swing bench made by Doug from Japanese Larch roundwood to either take home, or place somewhere in the woods (see photo in description) Includes delivery to anywhere in the UK. Plus… 2 tickets for the Great Celebration on the 28th August with Martha Tilston, the Exclusive Hillyfield EP download, and Your name engraved on a plaque on our new barn!

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Estimated delivery: July 2016
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Unbelievable gratitude. How can we repay you? Let us know 🙂 A massive thank-you and heartfelt invitation to share the Hillyfield Journey through the years. Plus… guest tickets for the Great Celebration Event with Martha Tilston on the 28th August, the Exclusive Hillyfield EP download, and Your name engraved on a plaque on our new barn, and a tour of the woods, and dinner with Doug and Claire and family.

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