Meet the team behind Dartmoor Hill Farm Project
The Dartmoor Hill Farm Project has a Steering Group which consists of a representation of local farmers, alongside Dartmoor National Park Authority and the Duchy of Cornwall. The aim is to ensure that the work delivered remains relevant, topical, useful and accessible for anyone farming on Dartmoor. The direct input and feedback from the Steering Group ensures a voice for the farming community in how this happens, and a practical approach. 2023 will mark the 20th Anniversary of the Dartmoor Hill Farm Project and a point to reflect on the significant changes in this timeline, but also to identify the opportunities looking to the future and how best to optimise these collectively.
Russell Ashford is Chairman of the Hill Farm Project Steering Group and farms at West Buckfastleigh. As well as being a Common landowner he is also a grazier and advocate for our industry and the pivotal role upland farming plays on Dartmoor. He sits on the Test and Trial Project Board and is Chairman of the Farming in Protected Landscapes Grant Panel.
David has worked for HFP since 2018 initially as the Events and Training Officer and more recently in a Land Management Advisory role. He has a broad range of farming and environmental experience and is a strong advocate for traditional family farms.
Hazel has been involved in the development and delivery of a number of catchment & landscape projects for over 15 years, joining DHFP in 2021. An environmental scientist and farm advisor experienced in partnership & collaborative working across public, private and charitable sectors, and the development of projects from initial ideas through to bid writing and delivery with a pragmatic approach. A farmers daughter from Bodmin Moor, passionate about the farming way of life.
Columb has experience as a contract farmer running his own small Organic Dairy farm, he has a interest in the practical application of regenerative farming on soil and animal health having practised this on his own farm, as well as working with environmental groups on managing environmental schemes and projects in a way that complements farming. Recently he has been involved in the expansion and management of a small-scale direct sales dairy business on farm.