For our most up to date newsletter please follow the link. 

Latest News

Drop in Desk 


We have a drop-in computer desk with internet access and printer available for Dartmoor farmers to use at the Dartmoor Hill Farm Project  office. In some cases we can book computer trainers to help you with a particular programme or aspect of IT that will help your farm business.  


Farmers can borrow one of our two FECPAKs (Faecal Egg Count Packs) for 3 months to see how you get on with checking the worm burden of your sheep on farm. A Payment of £30 is needed and you get the support of a farmer mentor to show you how to set it up and use it.  




Latest Word From the Chair

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.  


Speaking for myself, with all of the uncertainty surrounding us at the moment, I don’t think that our business has ever faced so much inevitable change.  

There is still so much confusion over the manner in which Brexit will be carried out. We still have no idea about the tariffs and trade deals that may be applied to the commodities that we deal in. Global warming appears to be speeding up and some are placing the blame on our doorstep. Our market prices have taken a significant knock, partially because of the uncertainty of all or some of the above. 


2019 – 2021 – develop, design and test new ideas  “Test and Trial”

2021 – 2024 – large scale pilot

2024 – 2028 – Full roll out of ELMS 

Dartmoor has been approved to take part in one of the 43 “Test and Trial” applications accepted by Defra across the country. Surely, this is the only chance we have of shaping the future of Farm Support. Support that will be vital for safeguarding the profitability of our businesses and thereby enable us to continue to maintain the iconic landscape that we manage every day. To enable this to happen, we have appointed a dedicated officer to help us to put forward a plan that is fit for purpose, that has been designed from the bottom up and that encompasses our concerns and ideas for a successful future. Stage 2 would be the carrying out of a pilot to “prove” the design of our scheme.


Radio Clips from 2 Dartmoor Farmers  

The clips below are of Laura Colwill who farms at Scoriton and Will Dracup who farms near Widecombe in the Moor. They were broadcast on local radio stations and were recorded to explain the way that they farm and what it's like to be a Dartmoor Farmer.


Laura Colwill
00:00 / 01:52
Will Dracup
00:00 / 01:50
Heritage Fund Logo

© Dartmoor Hill Farm Project. 

Duchy of Cornwall Logo
Princes Countryside Fund Logo
Dartmoor National Park Authority Logo