For over 5,000 years farming has been the main land use on Dartmoor. Working and re-working the land, farmers have created and maintained a large part of the Dartmoor landscape. Today over 90% of the land within the National Park boundary is used for farming. Much of this area is moorland, both open and enclosed, where livestock is grazed, and the remainder is made up of fringe enclosed farmland which mainly comprises improved grassland.

The Dartmoor Farmer's Year

This film follows life on three Dartmoor farms over the course of a year. Find out what happens on the farm across the four seasons and some of the challenges farmers face today.

Farming in Protected Landscapes

The grant scheme supports farmers and land managers in carrying out projects that support the natural environment, mitigate the impacts of climate change, provide public access opportunities or support nature-friendly, sustainable farm businesses.

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