Farming communities in Exmoor to benefit from council funding

Posted on: 4 December 2017

North Devon Council has agreed to make funds available to fund the Exmoor Hill Farming Network (EHFN), a small but successful farmer-led network supporting the agricultural economy in one of the remotest parts of North Devon.

The Network is an information and support ‘hub’ for Exmoor’s hill farmers, bringing information, demonstrations, training, grants and opportunities to farmers in the district’s most remote and isolated areas to farm.

The Network began in 214 and is well supported by Exmoor National Park and Exmoor’s farming community. However, the project is due to end in January 2018 and requires further funding in order to continue its work.

At a meeting of its Executive today (Monday 4 December), members agreed to provide the EHFN with a grant of £5,000 for the current financial year, subject to them securing match-funding from the Prince’s Countryside Fund and Exmoor National Park. A commitment has also been given to provide further support in the following two years.

Executive Member for Economic Development, Councillor Pat Barker, says: “It’s clear that the Network is very well supported and valued by the farming community and I’m pleased the council has chosen to support the project for the next three years. This project gives us the opportunity to support one of our most rural areas, where there are few opportunities to develop the economy. I wish the Network luck in their bids for funding from Exmoor National Park and Prince’s Countryside Fund.”

A bid for further funding has been submitted to the Prince’s Countryside Fund, with a decision due by Christmas. Exmoor National Park is considering its support for the project in February 2018.

You can find more information about the Network online at www.exmoorhillfarmingnetwork.org.uk or check their Facebook page for updates and events.

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