On Wednesday we ran an event in partnership with Exmoor Hill Farm Project for moorland managers, all about gorse and scrub management. We began with a look at Tipacott Ridge (for as long as the weather allowed) and convened at the Staghunters Inn, Brendon.
Good coffee and a tasty lunch added to the sense of a day well spent… and it was too wet to be cutting silage.
We were very grateful to Maria Floyd for suggesting this topic, and explaining the problems involved with developing a good strategy for tackling gorse on Brendon Common. By inviting people to share their experience with gorse on different areas of Exmoor’s moorland, everyone benefitted from the discussions.
Thanks also to the speakers – Geoff Tucker (local expert contractor) , Flemming Ulf-Hansen (Natural England), Christina Williams, and Maria of course. Special thanks to Kate Harris from Exmoor Hill Farm Project for organising and chairing the event so well.
Everything is connected
The title might have been Gorse and Scrub Management, but the discussion opened up to cover many subjects. Gorse management isn’t simply about cutting and swaling, it’s also about your agri-environment agreements, livestock breeds, the health of your herds, your local micro-climate, and more.
Tell us your moorland management event ideas
This is exactly the kind of thing we like to support – moorland management events by farmers, for farmers. Please contact me on 01398 322164 if you have suggestions for other workshops on Exmoor – or if you’re interested in coming to forthcoming events.
Exmoor Moorland Landscape Partnership