NEWS FROM EXMOOR NATIONAL PARK
Moorland Managers gain from Moor Skills project
The West Somerset Community College Farm is currently hosting a series of Lantra courses as part of a Moor Skills project that benefits local moorland farmers and managers, who can get free places on the courses thanks to an EU and Lottery-funded Heart of Exmoor Scheme.
Jason Ball, the Scheme Manager, says: “We are boosting the skills of moorland farmers and managers, thanks to the generous funding from West Somerset Local Action, Leader for Torridge and North Devon, and the Heritage Lottery Fund.”
“West Somerset Community College is the perfect farm location for the Lantra courses. Together we are also running practical on-the-moor workshops to help young people learn directly from moorland farmers, contractors, hedgelayers, ecologists, archaeologists and National Park rangers.”
The Lantra courses include A.T.V. (all terrain vehicle), chainsaw cross-cutting and felling, 4×4 training, brushcutters, tractor driving and knapsack spraying.
The courses are open to anyone wishing to enroll, however places are available free to people managing moorland in Exmoor National Park. To book a place, and to find out if you qualify for a special deal, please email Angela Barker on AGBarker@educ.somerset.gov.uk or call 01643 700335.
A 100% pass rate has been achieved so far. Demand for training is high so a second round of courses is being planned. New options will be available such as driving with a trailer, chainsaw skills, first aid, guidance on self-employment, Devon stone banking, etc.
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The Heart of Exmoor Scheme
“Helping people to enjoy and appreciate Exmoor’s moorland and supporting those who take care of it.”
The Exmoor Moorland Landscape Partnership runs an Eu and Lottery-funded scheme to promote the Exmoor moorland and its heritage. The Heart of Exmoor scheme’s 15 projects invest half a million pounds to benefit the landscape and community. Visit heartofexmoor.org.uk for details or call Jason Ball on 01398 322164.
The Moor Skills project is part of the Heart of Exmoor Scheme, funded by West Somerset Local Action, Leader for Torridge and North Devon, and the Heritage Lottery Fund.
West Somerset Community College
West Somerset Community College runs vocational training, short courses and professional training in agriculture, horticulture and related skills at the college farm unit at Minehead. Call Angela Barker on 01643 700335 or visit www.westsomerset.wd-uk.com for details.
Clare O’ Connor, Exmoor National Park Authority. Direct Line: 01398 322244. Mobile: 07772 092128.