After a successful bid for lottery money The Exmoor Moorland Landscape Partnership has commenced a scheme to support those who look after moorland, as well as encourage an appreciation of the moorland and its heritage.
“The Partnership now has funds for moorland owners who wish to conserve archaeology or benefit landscape character, and for free-living moorland Exmoor Pony herds. Money for 3 moorland apprentices and 3 Moorkeepers will support moorland farming and these people could be come real ambassadors for the moors,” says Jason Ball, who manages the scheme.
He is keen to hear from farms who could host an apprentice, and from farmers interested in the seasonal Moorkeeper role.
Jason is also working closely with Exmoor Hill Farm Project and Exmoor National Park to gather farmers’ ideas for events to promote good management, such as a machinery demonstration, swaling days, or workshops about how to tackle problems such as ticks and heather beetle.
Please call Jason Ball on 01398 322164 if you would like to talk about any of these projects. Alternatively drop him a line by email: JPBall@exmoor-nationalpark.gov.uk