Farming in Protected Landscapes

Farming in Protected Landscapes

Farming is the main land use on Dartmoor: around 90% of land use is used for agriculture within the National Park.

Farming and land management are intrinsically important to what makes Dartmoor National Park so special as well as its conservation, cultural heritage and the protection of its rare habitats and wildlife.

Farming remains an important part of the economy and the Dartmoor way of life.

As part of the UK Government’s Agricultural Transition Plan, a dedicated grant scheme for farmers and land managers in National Parks and Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty will be launched this summer.

The scheme, called Farming in Protected Landscapes, is a time-limited funding programme that will help farmers and land managers adapt to future changes in agricultural support.

The funding is targeted at management of the natural environment, cultural heritage and public access in ways which benefit nature, climate, people and place. This reflects the Governments ambitions for future support which forms the backdrop to its agricultural transition plan announced in 2020.

On Dartmoor, we will be delivering this programme.

As soon as we get more information from Defra, we will update this webpage.

Contact us

If you have any questions or queries, please contact the Hill Farm Project team by email at

Dartmoor Hill Farm Project

The Dartmoor Hill Farm Project was set up to ensure a viable future for Dartmoor farmers.

Since 2003 it has supported farmers to establish and run a wide range of projects and acts as a central hub for business advice, guidance and funding assistance.

The project is hosted by us and funded from 2017-2020 by the Princes Countryside Fund, Dartmoor National Park Authority, the Heritage Lottery Fund, through Moor Than Meets The Eye and the Duchy of Cornwall.

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