South Devon AONB Follaton House,
Plymouth Road, Totnes TQ9 5NE

 

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FiPL Funded projects 2021-2022

Holsome Park

Improve business resilience and biodiversity

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Farm/site name: Holsome Park

 

Town/ward: Totnes

 

DescriptionRepair 75km stone wall enhancing important landscape feature , creation of a new hedgerow to increase connectivity.   Carbon soil testing across the holding  to assess base level of fields. Covering a livestock feeding area to reduce poaching. Providing  a pop up shop for campers, together with information boards linking landscape to food produced.

 

Grant awarded: £52,740

 

Project value: £65,582

 

Start date: October 2021

 

End date: February 2022

Croft Farm

Management of SSSI

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Farm/site name: Croft Farm

 

Town/ward: West Charleton

 

Description: To improve the unique character, biodiversity and environmental wealth, of the Salcombe-Kingsbridge estuary. Management of the SSSI Marsh, replacement of the tidal gate, to reduce risk of flood and ensure footpaths and bird hide are accessible. Purchase of a variable rate fertiliser spinner with sectional control for greater accuracy of application.. Orchard planting  and erection of an owl box .

 

Grant awarded: £25,193

 

Project value: £43,002

 

Start date: October 2021

 

End date: February 2024

Park Farm

Wildlife habitat enhancements

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Farm/site name: Park Farm

 

Town/ward: Kingsbridge

 

Context: To increase the value of the farm for wildlife – planting a hedge bank with wildflowers and planting a hedgerow along a historic hedge line. Creation of a separate hedge, planting with fruiting and nectar rich species. Creation of a wildfowl scrape. These will all help to deliver more for wildlife  and improve biodiversity and enhance the public  experience when walking and kayaking nearby.

 

Grant awarded: £6748

 

Project value : £6748

 

Start date: October 2021

 

End date: February 2022

Chinta Lane Partnership

Grazing management

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Description:

This project aimed to develop the farms ecology and restore its history by improving the ability to manage grazing.

Clearance of scrub to reveal calciferous grassland and allow it to spread, fencing and gating off various fields to allow better management of cattle grazing, on rare grasses. Exposure of a walled bank to allow assessment of viability for its restoration.

 

Grant awarded: £12,662.45

 

Project value: £22779.60

 

Start date: Dec 21

 

End date: March 2023

Ley Farm

Butter Well & Cart Pond restoration

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Description:

Restoration of a historic cart pond and restoration of a butter well.

The restoration of the cart pond and butter well will improve the quality and character of the landscape whilst also ensuring historic structures and features are conserved.

Rejuvenation of a traditional orchard containing local varieties of cider apples.  There are a series of Open Days planned for the public to see the restoration.

 

Grant awarded: £16,936

 

Project value: £24,590

 

Start date: Jan 22

 

End  date: March 23

Cows in Clover

No Fence collars- conservation grazing

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Description:

No fence collars and trackers for conservation grazing.

The Nofence collars will allow restriction of cattle to areas that require more grazing and habitat development for periods of the summer, while the Digitanimal collars will provide grazing data on other sites to assess where the Nofence collars need to be deployed.

Many of the small sites in private ownership do not have stock proof fencing and contain features that make electric fencing awkward or impossible. The Nofence collars will allow  conservation grazing to more of these sites.

 

Grant awarded: £3720.12

 

Project value: £3720.12

 

Start date: Dec 21

 

End  date: Mar 22

Court Barton Farm

Conservation Architect appraisal

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Description:

A Grade 11* listed Threshing Barn Appraisal. The barn is located adjacent to the Grade I church at South Pool.

Stage 1 of the project is for this report is assess how to repair and improve the condition of this important barn to preserve it as an important feature in the landscape.  This will provide supporting evidence to secure planning permission and as it is adjacent to a public footpath it is easily seen.

 

Grant awarded: £7110.00

 

Project value: £7110.00

 

Start date: November 21

 

End date: March 2022

Long Easton, Bigbury

Footpath enhancement

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Description:

Enhancement of 145m footpath: planting an indigenous  hedge and hedgerow trees, two new gates  and erecting two interpretation boards.

 

Grant awarded: £3740

 

Project value: £4116

 

Start date: Oct 21

 

End  date: March 22

Sturtlebury Woods and pond

Improvements to access for the public.

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Description:

Improvements to access around woods and ponds to enable more people to enjoy the  tranquility views and wildlife in and around the ponds and wooded area.

 

Grant awarded: £12,689

 

Project value: £12,689

 

Start date: Nov 21

 

End  date: Mar 22

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West Venn Marsh

Wildlife pond

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Description:

Creation of a wildlife pond

The aim is to increase the biodiversity across the area  for the benefit of nature through the creation of a variety of habitats that encourage a more species rich environment for flora and fauna.  It is envisaged that, the creation of this pond will contribute to the mitigation of habitat fragmentation along the Avon Valley.

 

Grant awarded: £4761.50

 

Project value: £7140.00

 

Start date: January 2022

 

End date: March 2022

Daynes & Sharpham

Farming and Nature

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Description:

The object of Farming and nature in the south Hams is to connect farming, wildlife and people together.  Showcasing what farming does for the local landscape and environment allowing people to become fully integrated with their surroundings. Farm shop and butchery, tree planting,wild life boxes, web site and interpretation boards   There will be educational visit opportunities for both school children and the wider public.

 

Grant awarded: £54,066.10

 

Project value: 181,352.10

 

Start date: Jan 21

 

End  date: March 23

High Hazelwood

Agroforesty

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Description:

Introduction of cattle to an existing agro-forestry unit to keep paths clear and encourage a more biodverse understorey. Path clearance, secure boundaries, introduce cattle, hard standings for parking at each end of the permissive path and new signage for walking routes. Semi permanent electric  livestock fencing

 

Grant awarded: £11,031.70

 

Project value: £15,449.00

 

Start date: Oct 21

 

End  date: Mar 22

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Foxharris Farming

Vegetable strip-till

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Description:

This mixed organic family farm produces vegetables for the Riverford box scheme.
The  ‘strip tillage’ machine will allow  vegetable plugs to be planted  directly into the ground behind the ‘tilled’ strips. This  non-inversion tillage allows  more carbon to be kept  in the soil, reduces soil erosion, is beneficial for soil life, increases biodiversity and uses less diesel/wearing metal.

 

Grant awarded: £8420.00

 

Project value: £21,340

 

Start date: January 2022

 

End date: March 2022

Mount Folly Farm

Organic vegetable farm adaptations

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Description:

A range of initiatives including:

  • new hedgerow, with additional standard trees and wildflowers together with in field trees.
  • Seeder unit for establishing cover crops
  • Information boards to be placed near footpaths and campsite to improve communication with a social media campaign
  • Organic matter and carbon soil testing to establish baseline data.
  • Rainwater harvester for vegetable loading barn.
  • Strip till machine to enable minimum tillage.

 

Grant awarded: £35,075.80

 

Project value: £79010.80

 

Start date: Dec 21

 

End  date: March 22

Carbon cluster

Soil carbon measurement

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Description:

Working with five farms in the AONB to examine their carbon footprint. An important element of this work  will be to showcase the results from  Pilot Farms to inspire other farmers,
both in the value of carbon footprinting but also in the opportunities that exist to reduce GHG emissions, build soil health and increase carbon sequestration.  Discussions have highlighted some areas common to S Devon in particular and there are plans to expand the group and its activities.

 

Pilot Funding: £6,500

 

Project value: £6,500

 

Start date: Oct 21

 

End  date: Mar 22