External Contractors with the support of the Penwith Landscape Partnership Farm Environment Officer
Working with farmers to support farm businesses which are sensitive to Penwith's landscape, heritage and biodiversity
Bargednyow-Tir y’n Termyn a-dheu or Farming Futures will address the impact of some of the current farming practices in Penwith which pose clear threats to its heritage and landscape.
Grazing beef cattle remains one of the key management tools in looking after much of the Penwith moorland, and grazing is beneficial around some of the key ancient sites. Native breeds such as the Belted Galloway and the local breed of North Devons are particularly suited to this type of environment and farmers receive a premium to stock these animals to graze heathland under current Higher Level Stewardship. In addition, parishes in the south of Penwith such as Gulval and Paul were traditionally dominated by horticultural cropping. A shift from horticulture to grass and the growing of maize is resulting in increased soil erosion and declining fertility.
The project will set up two areas of research and development - livestock and horticulture – and undertake measurement of field data from demonstration or monitor farms, disseminate information gathered, organise speaker events and visits, and provide follow-up advice to farmers. The demonstration farms will include small farms typical of West Penwith.
The legacy of the project will be to ensure the economic viability of as many farms as possible, with farming continuing in either a full time or part time capacity whilst conserving the landscape and its heritage, by ensuring that farming practices are sustainable and conducive to protecting and enhancing the soil; and conserving and protecting the natural, built and cultural heritage.
The work on this project is being managed by contractors, for the Livestock strand this is Precision Grazing, and for the Horticulture Strand it is Leaf UK. They are being supported in this by Phil Pengelly, our Farm Environment Officer. If you have any questions regarding the project please contact Phil in the first instance by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org
If you are a farmer in Penwith, you can find more information on our Farming and Wildlife pages.