Overview of the Exmoor Hill Farming Network
We are a farmer-led Network bringing information, training, demonstrations, grants and opportunities
to upland farmers across Exmoor. The Network is open to anyone farming in the Exmoor Severely Disadvantaged Area or Exmoor National Park. It is free to join the Network to receive our e-bulletin
“Agri-Update” and notice of all our activities. You can also follow us on Facebook.
This independent Network works in partnership with local farmers, local agencies and the wider Exmoor community to provide a long term information and support ‘hub’ for Exmoor’s farming community.
Celebration of Prince’s Countryside Fund Fifth Anniversary at Highgrove House, Gloucestershire
Centre: Katherine Williams Network Officer, Right: Dave Knight Network Chairman with HRH Prince of Wales
Latest News & Events
Headwaters of the Exe – Visit to Pynes Water Treatment Works
Wednesday 12th October
South West Water is inviting farmers from the upper Exe catchment to find out about water treatment processes....
Cross Compliance Evening at The Royal Oak Inn, Withypool
Tuesday 25th October 2016, 7.30pm
John Morgan a local farm advisor from the Farming Advice Service (FAS) will provide an update on Cross Compliance...
The next Beef South West event will take place at Westpoint, Exeter. Organised by the National Beef Association South West.
The Exmoor Society Founders Award 2016 Winner: EHFN Chairman Dave Knight
The Exmoor Society are pleased to announce that its prestigious Founder’s Award 2016 is given to farmer Dave Knight. It is for his work, in particular, in bringing farmers together, first with the forward farming group under the Exmoor Hill Farm project during 2009-13 and then as Chairman of its successor organisation, Exmoor Hill Farming Network (EHFN), which still incorporates that group. The EHFN focuses on improving farm incomes, profitability and sustainable land management. It is open to anyone involved in farming, with free membership, and organises training courses, farm visits, study visits, presentations and farm business support. All Dave’s time is given on an entirely voluntary basis. EHFN Network Office, Katherine Williams, said: “Dave is an absolute pleasure to work with and very passionate about Exmoor farming. I have a wonderful working relationship with him often found ringing him for his expertise or sounding out possible events. Nothing is ever too much trouble!”
Dave farms on North Hill on land rented from The National Trust and, on returning home from college, his father offered him ‘either wages or sheep’. He chose sheep knowing that, with good management and hard work, he could develop the farm business. Not only has he improved the performance of his sheep but of the grassland as well. No crops are grown on the farm which includes moorland as well as permanent pasture. All the cliffs and moorland have SSSI status. “I was completely blown away to hear of the award as it came as a complete surprise. I am honoured to have been recognised by The Exmoor Society because I am passionate about the state of Exmoor and its future”, said Dave. “Farming is at the heart of Exmoor both in providing a living from food production and for looking after the wonderful Exmoor landscape.” The award will be formally presented at The Exmoor Society’s AGM in September.
The Founder’s Award is sponsored by Halsgrove Publishing and is in recognition of notable service in furthering the Society’s aims. “Upland farming plays such a crucial role in maintaining the beauty, wildlife and heritage of Exmoor and in retaining its deeply rural community”, said The Exmoor Society Chairman, Rachel Thomas, “Dave’s work has brought farmers together though a network that responds to the many issues that farming faces and encourages the importance of conserving Exmoor’s landscape. He and his family have farmed in a particularly beautiful coastal area with spectacular views for more than four generations, playing a vital role in the local community.
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Is there a future for the small family farm in the UK? - Download here
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State of Farming on Exmoor - View report here
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Exmoor Hill Farming Network
Cutcombe Market, Wheddon Cross,
Minehead, Somerset TA24 7DT
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