Project partners with students at College Farm, Minehead.
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Moor Skills project to save Exmoor know-how
The Moor Skills project – to help safeguard moorland farming skills – is being launched by Exmoor Moorland Landscape Partnership in conjunction with project partners, Exmoor National Park Authority and The West Somerset Community College.
“Every farmer we speak to is keen to share their skills with the young farmers of the future,” explained Jason Ball, of Exmoor Moorland Landscape Partnership.
“Farmers helped to shape the National Park’s world famous moors and coastal heaths. Their deep knowledge of the land, built up over a lifetime, is the key to its conservation. Fans of Exmoor’s landscape can see this connection and think it’s a great idea.”
The college will run advanced level-3 apprenticeships to combine work-based learning underpinned by college study.
“We are very excited about the apprenticeships,” said Charlie Olive, from The West Somerset Community College. “These young people show true dedication – they have all completed two years of training by completing a Level 2 BTEC in Agriculture at the College Farm and are looking forward to continuing their education and training in the this area by securing an Apprenticeship at local host farms.”
Mr Ball added, “We have funds available specifically to support moorland apprenticeships on Exmoor National Park. As a once-only opportunity, we can help three moorland farms to pay their new apprentices! However, our deadline for farms to apply will close very soon.”
Experienced land managers are also invited to be ‘Moorland Tutors’ to coach students on outdoor workshops about skills such as upland livestock husbandry, walling, hedging, and gorse control. The unique funding for Moor Skills comes from the Heritage Lottery Fund, LEADER 4 Torridge and North Devon, and Western Somerset Local Action.
All details can be found at www.heartofexmoor.org.uk and farmers who wish to train an apprentice should call Jason Ball on 01398 322164 or Charlie Olive on 01643 706061.
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MEDIA CONTACT DETAILS
Jason Ball. Scheme Manager, Exmoor Moorland Landscape Partnership. Tel: 01398 322164. Email: JPBall@exmoor-nationalpark.gov.uk
Charlie Olive. Head of Land-based Studies, The West Somerset Community College. Tel: 01643 706061.
Exmoor Moorland Landscape Partnership (EMLP) is a group of 12 organisations:
- Active Exmoor
- English Heritage
- Environment Agency
- Exmoor National Park Authority
- Exmoor Society
- Exmoor Trust
- Field Studies Council
- The National Trust
- National Farmers Union
- Natural England
- Royal Society for the Protection of Birds
- The West Somerset Community College
- EMLP secured a successful bid to the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) and other funders to launch its scheme ‘Moorland the Heart of Exmoor’. This will draw more than half a million pounds into Exmoor during 2011-2014 and will bring lasting benefits to the Exmoor community and landscape.
Exmoor Moorland Landscape Partnership
Exmoor National Park Centre, 7 – 9 Fore Street, Dulverton. TA22 9EX.
Tel: 01398 322164. Web: www.heartofexmoor.org.uk