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  • Harriet Bell

Developing a framework for a Commons based land management plan - Public Goods Tool

As the Advisory Team of volunteer farmers works through the Dartmoor Test and Trial smaller subgroups are looking at different elements.

On Tuesday the 26th of May the group looking at a framework for a commons based land management plan were introduced to the 'Public Goods Tool' developed by the Organic Research Centre, presented by Lisa Arguile, to review the approach and consider its suitability for the commons. Lisa's presentation and the groups discussion can be read below.

Discussion notes:

  • Looks like a robust model which could benchmark everything. How does it evaluate and score the different elements and how is it scientifically made robust and prioritised? Lisa’s response was that scientific evidence is something she wants to do more on but that takes greater level of resources to develop.

  • Thought the tool had a lot of potential but we need to tweak it for Dartmoor.

  • Interested to see if there were different styles of grazing the tool could recognise. Lisa said it could.

  • Is there any value in the farm cluster approach, should we take learnings from their experience? (Action Project Officer to provide some resource on this in future.)

  • We need to think about how we do both home farm, common and home farm and common. Let’s seize the opportunity to present what we want.

  • Wouldn’t rule out this approach but thought the questions were too open to interpretation which could lead to excessive monitoring and admin. Lisa said that the sign post model being referred to is one end of the spectrum of how the tool can be used, the more robust public goods tool would be less open for interpretation.

  • Understands the spurs but thinks it would need to be simpler to work on the commons and possibly on the home farm, but still need to include things everyone could contribute too, so that not just a few commoners were able to contribute.

  • Wouldn’t want to do this on his home farm because it’s data over kill and also a lot of the issues are under the influence of landlord only.

  • Really liked the 11 spurs as the proponents of the public goods tool being built around the farm business plan.

  • Spurs from a home farm would be different from the common.

  • Liked the model and liked being able to combine public goods management with business management. Share’s concern about tenant/landlord relationship but wanders if the tool could build in the constraint of the tenant/landlord relationship.

  • Ideas for moving forward – specific discussions on marrying up commons and home farms, tenant landlord relationship, bottoming out what everyone wants from a land management plan.

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