Hill Farm Project Latest News

Latest News

Current Funding: We are grateful to the Prince's Countryside Fund, DNPA, the Duchy of Cornwall and the Heritage Lottery Fund for our current funding from 2017-2020.

The Prince's Farm Resilience Programme: Dartmoor Hill Farm Project is one of 15 partners working throughout the UK to deliver 'The Prince's Farm Resilience Programme', aimed at businesses who's primary enterprise is beef, sheep or dairy.

Heather Beetle: In many areas, the Heather Trust believes that the heather beetle has been instrumental in driving the change from heather to grass dominated moorland. They request any records of  heather beetle damage on Dartmoor. Please respond directly to the Heather Trust if you have observations from 2017. Here is the FORM.

Drop in Desk: We have a drop-in computer desk with internet access and printer available for Dartmoor farmers to use at the DHFP office. In some cases we can book computer trainers to help you with a particular programme or aspect of IT that will help your farm business.  

FECPAK Hire: Farmers can borrow one of our two FECPAKs for 3 months to see how you get on with checking the worm burden of your sheep on farm. A Payment of £30 is needed and you get the support of a farmer mentor to show you how to set it up and use it. 


Farm Administration Course10th January 2018. Running for 6 consecutive weeks. Delivered in partnership with DYFC, held at Devon Rural Hub and led by Julie Tucker MIAgSA. Cost £60 for HFP contributor; £80 for non-contributor. Booking essential through HFP office.
Sheep Dog Handling24th January 2018. Six sessions with experienced trainer / handler. Cost £70 for HFP contributor; £100 for non-contributor. Places limited, booking essential through HFP office.


The Hill Farm Project newsletter currently has a circulation of over 500 farmers on Dartmoor.  It is produced quarterly, with additional mail-outs for special issues or events: Our next newsletter is due out at the end of November, e alerts are going out frequently.  

December 2017 Newsletter

September 2017 Interim Newsletter

July 2017 Newsletter

June 2017 Interim Newsletter

April 2017 Newsletter

February 2017 Interim Newsletter

November 2016 Newsletter

July 2016 Newsletter

April 2016 Newsletter

January 2016 Newsletter

Farmers on Dartmoor who are not already receiving these newsletters can be added to our mailing list for postal or electronic newsletters and regular email alerts on funding and training. Please send your contact details, including email address, to hfp@dartmoor.gov.u