SUPPORTING OUR FARMERS
Cattle, sheep and ponies can all be seen grazing freely across Dartmoor; however, they are not wild. All livestock are owned by commoners with the right to graze the common land.
The Dartmoor Pony Heritage Trust supports a number of Dartmoor farmers who breed Dartmoor Ponies. The Trust achieves this by providing castrations for colts, grazing opportunities, grants towards capital costs for welfare or equipment that will aid good management, publicity and marketing of the special qualities of the Dartmoor Pony for riding, driving or conservation grazing and handling young stock from feral to ground started.
By supporting our farmers, we are adding value and long term viability to the Dartmoor Pony ensuring we don’t lose this precious icon from Dartmoor.
Common land covers about 37% of the Dartmoor National Park. It comprises the Forest of Dartmoor (11,178 ha, 27,622 acres), surrounded by the Commons of Devon and a scattering of manorial commons, amounting in total to 35,882 ha (88,525 acres). It is this vast open space which was a significant factor when Dartmoor was considered a candidate for national park designation.