Farming and land management for all life on the land

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Dr Andrew Omerod, local apple orchard

Through the Defra-funded Farming in Protected Landscapes programme, we have had the opportunity to spend time with farmers and landowners across the valley and explore themes from our AONB’s Management Plan around a thriving living landscape that provides livelihoods and jobs, as well as diverse habitats for plants, animals and fungi.

 

In March, we joined over 30 Tavy young farmers at their business meeting to discuss this balance.  Three of our Farming in Protected Landscapes’ grant recipients from Hele Farm, Higher Woodley Farm and Bohetherick Farm shared how their projects connected habitats, encouraged species diversity, improved water quality and engaged farm visitors with where their food comes from as an integral part of how they manage their farm businesses.

 

In April, we were hosted by George Holmes, Head Ranger at National Trust Cotehele to explore how to manage our wonderful Devon and Cornwall hedges as brilliant habitats.  We also hosted the core Defra Farming in Protected Landscapes team along with Farming in Protected Landscapes officers from South Devon, North Devon, Cornwall, Isles of Scilly AONBs and Dartmoor National Park to reflect on and learn lessons from the first year of the scheme.  We visited the new Tamar Grow Local demonstration market garden site at Mill Acres Lane and a small orchard project studying local apple varieties run by Dr Andrew Omerod which have both received a Farming in Protected Landscapes grant.

 

To find out more about the projects funded so far through the programme, please click here.

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