Gorse membership

Securing the Future of the Dartmoor Pony

Sponsor the entire Bellever Dartmoor Pony Herd

For just £75.00 per year

Why Gorse?

Gorse offers protection, natural shelter and food for ponies, insects and birds,  it has a distinct coconut scent, flowers for long periods so is an important nectar source for invertebrates.

Gorse is versatile and traditionally, common gorse was regularly collected from common land for a number of purposes: it provided fuel for firing bread ovens; was used as fodder for livestock; was bound to make floor and chimney brushes; and was used as a colourant for painting Easter eggs!

The DPHT has a herd of 26 native Dartmoor Ponies used for conservation grazing on 450ha of Forestry England leased land. The ponies are used to increase wildlife and to keep the vegetation in check, you can normally see them around their favourite haunt at Bellever Tor.

It’s a magical sight, and one we’re privileged to share with you. The ponies we care for come in a range of ages, from three filly foals born this year 2021, to older animals like Joey, a large dark bay gelding with a thick winter moustache and a big white star and our gorgeous dapple grey mare Yolande who really stands out from the crowd.

They are such incredible animals, calm and friendly as well as an essential element of this ancient Moorland’s extraordinary history. Thanks to wonderful people like you we can carry on our work, protecting the ponies and the unique landscape that sustains them as well as offer more free educational access walks than any other organisation on Dartmoor.

In return for your support, which matters such a lot to us and the ponies, you will have all the benefits listed plus access to an exciting online members area keeping you up to date with all our important work and latest news.

Being a Gorse Member gives you an equal say in the running of the Trust, no matter where you live.

If you wish to purchase a membership as a GIFT please email admin@dpht.co.uk and we will arrange that for you.

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