Bearscombe Farm, Kingsbridge

Kerswell family

"So glad that the farmers are being recognised"

(exhibition visitor)

Carswell Farm, Holbeton

Sayer family

"Wonderful photos and records of present and past ways of farming"

(exhibition visitor)

Down Farm, Start Point

Foss family

"It's so important that these stories are shared"

(show stand visitor)

Great Prideaux Farm, Newton Ferrers

Sherrell family

"Don't forget us!"

Recording farming stories

Higher House Farm, Prawle

Tucker family

Lower Fuge Farm, Strete

Wall family

"we had a lovely time at the farm"

(Olly, age 6)

Mount Folly Farm, Bigbury

Tucker family

"at the top of the hill there was a beautiful view of an estuary and fields"

(Amelie, age 7)

South Huish Farm

Darke family

Living off the Land – the changing face of farming in South Devon

The South Devon Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) team was awarded a grant of £9,700 from the Heritage Lottery All Our Stories fund to complete a project looking at what it means to live, work and grow up on a farm in South Devon.

The farming families

We worked with nine farming families to collect their stories, memories and raid their photo albums! They were amazing and gave up just under 100 hours of time voluntarily to this project.

Listen to farming stories

With Soundart Radio, the farming families recorded memories of growing up on the farm, family stories and thoughts on farming today and for the future. Listen to the farming stories which were made into a series of 7 programmes.

Web book

This project culminated in the production of an interactive farming stories web book. Here you can find out what we did and who we worked with, listen to the farmers’ stories, browse old photographs and find out more about what it means to live, grow up and work on a farm in South Devon. The web book is a great resource and record of everyone's work.

Find out more

By working with local history groups, the Devon Rural Archive and Cookworthy Museum, we gathered images and research to explore how farming has changed in South Devon. We will be placing our new archive with them to add to their collections for use by future generations.

We also wanted to help people understand more about farming in the area and led a series of events, school visits, celebrations and exhibitions to share these stories. The response was overwhelming with just over 6000 people engaged over the year.

Thank you

We would like to thank everyone who was involved in making this a brilliant and successful project.

Heritage lottery fund.