Year 1: Approved Applications
The following projects were approved in year 1 of the Farming in Protected Landscapes programme (March 2021 - March 2022).
|FiPL grant awarded
|To carry out archaeological surveys and building surveys, and the recording of earthworks, field barn, distinctive field boundaries and woodland archaeology.
|To maintain and support the existing wildlife and enhance biodiversity by making sensitive improvements to a variety of habitats, whilst still maintaining good quality pasture and hay meadows for the pedigree ponies.
|Higher Downstow Farm
|To create an enlarged area of wildlife rich habitat by removal of Himalayan Balsam. Mixed, native tree planting on the more marginal areas of the site whilst improving other areas to support low impact, sustainable, organic, conservation cattle grazing.
|To repair the river bank and allow water to flood further downstream. To create leaky dams to encourage natural flood management along the steam line. Tree planting in small deer proof enclosures in the low lying area and behind the area of river bank repair. To create a wild area between the deer fence and a dilapidated wall, substituting this with a stock fence to exclude moorland sheep.
|Stone bank and granite reinstatement to improve the quality of a ‘pop up’ campervan only campsite. Plant and establish additional cider apple trees to increase the potential yield of cider apples as demand for our cider ‘Cosdon Gold’ is increasing.
|To purchase a heavy duty chain swipe capable of aiding moorland and on-farm habitat management, primarily cutting paths through gorse on the southern side of Dean Moor.
|Widecombe Commoners Association
To bring the whole Common back into good management, agreed by all Commoners collaboratively, which will have benefits for the environment, landscape, biodiversity, public access and heritage. The condition of East Dartmoor SSSI, part of the Common, will be improved, and the Common will be well prepared for a potential future ELM scheme.
|Create a more regenerative, sustainable and resilient approach to cultivations and crop establishment leading to big improvements in soil health, carbon capture and wider biodiversity. Protection of the adjacent River Taw is another important outcome, particularly as a spawning ground for salmon which require low nutrient levels and sediment-free water.
|The applicant has been reseeding the fields every five years using a traditional method of ploughing and rolling, with the aim of switching to a no-till system. The switch will improve soil health; reduce damage to soil structure; help keep water in the soil, increasing protection from flooding and drought; reduce soil runoff, which causes water pollution; and help keep nutrients in the soil, reducing the need for fertiliser.
|Hapstead Community Interest Company
|This project will provide a unique opportunity for communities in the local area to learn new skills and develop confidence and wellbeing as they experience a working and sustainable farm environment. Hapstead Farm C.I.C was established in 2020 to provide children and adults with the opportunity to undertake a role in the activities associated with countryside management.
|Langaford Farm Charitable Trust
|To maintain and further improve the meadows, wetland and hedgerow habitats for wildlife, through control of bracken and in the wetland habitats control of birch and willow regrowth/incursion. On dryland pastures better control of sheep; to introduce cattle to improve the grazing of the meadows, with ponies continuing to graze the rush pasture. These measures will ensure the management of the farm is more resilient in the long term; to provide improved facilities and access, plus resources which will benefit visiting groups of young people and others.
|Bowden Farm I
|To repair over 300 metres of deteriorated old earth bank boundaries. The boundaries will be stock proof and an effective bank and fencing will stop any further bank erosion; at least half of the banks will have additional hedgerow planting on top and trees planted at intervals to increase the biodiversity levels of the hedge; this in turn will provide a much better pathway/corridor for wildlife, linking other existing habitats; the boundary will be restored in the traditional method for the local area and fencing will protect the boundary; earth bank restoration across the slope of the field will help to slow the flow of water in heavy rainfall, helping reduce flood risk further downstream.
|The project is designed to enhance the efficiency and environmental sustainability of the applicant's family farm. It will focus on maximising the value of slurry and reduce nitrogen loss and atmospheric pollution by appropriate application techniques. This will significantly reduce inorganic fertiliser use and, combined with a programme of pasture restoration, introduce legumes and clover to sustainably fix nitrogen.
|Hill & Coombe Dairy
|The aim of the project is to fully adopt regenerative grazing techniques using mobile electric fencing and livestock drinking equipment. The new equipment will be used to move cattle between small grazing cells at a high frequency (up to 2-3 times per day). The higher concentration of livestock and increased frequency of moving them will better concentrate the fertility deposited by the cattle, allow excess grass to be trampled in more effectively, and provide greater rest periods between grazing. In turn, improving soil organic matter and subsequently soil carbon.
|Dean Commoners would like to purchase a Trailed fire prevention fogging machine for the safe management of Dean Common.
|DNP-FPL-126 / DNP-FPL-184
project aims to support a range of habitats across the estate, allowing
different ecosystems to thrive and maximising Beden’s flora and
The applicant has recently opened a pre-school for ‘Beden’ children and the surrounding area, specifically designed to act like a forest school, providing children with a wild place to learn with an education very much in tune with nature.
|This project aims to restore a natural area of wetland to a more favourable habitat, enhancing local flora and fauna, increasing biodiversity, and improving wildlife connectivity. The restoration will involve the creation of shallow pools and scrapes. The pools will not be stocked with fish, their purpose being to benefit wildlife.
|The project is to create a new farmyard area to provide space for year-round work with visiting groups in a covered area; a greater variety of animals; increased variety of activities and more opportunity to handle animals in a safe area and increased offer to visiting groups including full disabled access.
|Hedgerow creation and enhanced management and restoration of species rich meadow.
produce a wildflower meadow, improve the soil and resilience of the
ecosystem health and enhance biodiversity.
To allow cattle and sheep to selectively graze alongside goats, whereby the area will be grazed down before flail mows, harrows and rolls.
To hand-spread wildflower seeds, with the aim of providing food for pollinating invertebrates and farmland birds, and habitat and cover for small mammals. It will also reduce the risk of flooding by using the wetland positively and reduce run-off.
The wildflower meadow will improve the local landscape and, by replacing the stiles with a gates, more people will be able to access and enjoy the meadow and the wildlife that it attracts.
|The project is split between two sites. At Goodameavy, the objective is to develop well-structured grasslands and wet flushes improving species diversity, riparian habitats and developing a transition from grassland through graded scrub to the SSSI woodlands. An additional objective is to improve access for the less able. At Lower Cadworthy, the objective is to restore the traditional stone walls and stone-faced banks and develop species rich meadows.
|To improve the farm’s biodiversity and range of habitats, better conserve the historic features and increase public understanding and enjoyment of the farm. The project has established a number of new, small scale wetlands, wood pasture and woodland contributing to the overall area and connectivity of habitats, retaining water and maintaining the condition of visible archaeology while improving public access.
|The proposal includes a variety of bespoke projects, allowing a continued transition towards a future in agriculture and environmental delivery, making the farm more financially resilient and sustainable, further enhancing our biodiversity by developing healthy, carbon rich soils and thriving Rhos pasture.
|The objectives of the project are: archaeological survey to map features with recommendations for conservation; scrub clearance with community participation on several hut circle platforms and associated enclosures; restoration to dry stone walls overlying earlier bronze age boundaries or reeves; clearance of scrub on the reeve system at Blackslade newtake to improve visibility.
promote and deliver a self-sustainable deer management programme for farmers to
protect the ecology and bio-diversity of Dartmoor from a severe over population of deer.
To promote the sale of branded “Dartmoor Venison” both locally via our own delivery service and nationally via our e-commerce website.
|To enhance existing permanent grassland on the farm and address issues with compaction in certain areas thus improving soil structure, health and ability to enhance drainage and reduce water run-off whilst also helping the carbon sequestration potential of the soil.
|To enable the management of Crows Nest Farm under a high nature, low carbon farming system, enable nature recovery through natural processes, build natural capital, conserve a unique heritage asset and enable the marketing of high value nature and climate friendly farm produce.
|Brook Manor 1&2
|The aim of the project is to further develop habitat for nature through corridor creation and recreating historic landscape features; improve the management of farmland and woodlands through the establishment of a permanent conservation grazing traditional cattle herd; supporting future engagement opportunities for others in the farming and local community as a demonstration site for a wide range of projects.
|To improve 37ha of an upland farm landscape regarding habitats and land management to assist the declining populations of iconic Dartmoor species such as Curlews and Lapwings. The project aims to reverse the decline, boosting the population with the rearing and release of young Curlews, which hopefully will return and recolonise previously used breeding areas on Dartmoor.
|Improve infrastructure at Greenwell Farm to enable better management, control, and storage of wool through the summer and autumn months. Greenwell has been used as a collection, sorting and packing centre for Brannach Olann and Twool for the past 4 years. This grant will enable that opportunity to grow this strand of the business benefitting farmers across Dartmoor and the Southwest of Devon. It will also enable the growth of Dartmoor Branded wool and give us the opportunity to add value and educate local people about wool.
|The aim of the project is to maintain rhos pasture habitat, create a small area of wood pasture and restore dry stone walls and stone faced banks.
|To develop an interactive and fun educational resource focusing on bees and their importance to the environment of Dartmoor. The focus will be local school groups, of both primary and secondary age.
|To conserve and improve the bio-diverse habitat in a crucial location abutting Aish Tor with particular reference to nectaring areas for rare butterflies, including the High Brown Fritillary, and to make the area safe and welcoming for school groups and members of the public.
|Spaders and Muddilake
|To create and improve suitable feeding and breeding habitat primarily for curlews, but also other moorland species.