The Dartmoor Pony Heritage Trust


We urgently need volunteers to fill a broad range of roles. We have opportunities for people of all ages, with or without pony skills, but all are rewarding and fun! We need help with organizing and resourcing public access days, as well as our many other activities, which include pony training, pony care, field maintenance, school visits, development courses for young people and training for conservation grazing managers.

We run a regular practical conservation programme from September to March on our moorland site at Bellever. The DPHT is always looking for new and active people to enhance our team. A range of skills is more important than knowledge of the Dartmoor Pony as full training will be provided- if you have time each week / month which you could dedicate to the Trust

Poo Pickers

We start early here at the Trust Centre in Bovey Tracey – if you fancy stretching your limbs and having an organic early morning workout – then join us in picking up what our little cherubs leave behind each day – Full Training Provided and a fancy pair of yellow gloves!!

Bellever - Our Moorland Conservation Work Parties

We’re always happy to have volunteers helping out on our conservation work parties – if you’d like to help, contact us on 01626 833234 or email

Pony Handler and School Group Support Workers

They say never work with Children and Animals  – we are looking for several new people to join our team to do just that! We provide full training, you need to be fun loving, compassionate, happy to work as part of a team and over 18 years .

Meeter and Greeter

Do you love ponies and people and are over 18 years old? Then please join our friendly team of volunteers! We are aiming to increase our visitor opening hours at weekends and in the holidays. Full training provided.

Trustee Positions Available

We are looking for a conscientious team player, who loves paying attention to detail. You will have Health & Safety and Safeguarding experience or a willingness to learn quickly. Please contact Judy Fawcett DPHT Chairperson on 01626 833234 or email 

Raise Money by Recycling

Now you can help raise money for The Dartmoor Pony Heritage Trust by recycling your empty inkjet cartridges, toners and mobile phones. For every cartridge/toner/mobile sent, the DPHT will receive a generous donation from Reclaim IT. We are now also able to recycle jewellery and foreign notes and coins!!!

To obtain envelopes please send Jenni an email on

We also collect used postage stamps. We are able to get money back on these items, so the more you collect, the more funds we can raise. Please send your used postage stamps to DPHT, Parke Estate, Bovey Tracey, TQ13 9JQ

Crucial support

On Dartmoor, rights of grazing exist for some 5,450 ponies, 145,000 sheep, 33,000 cattle and 12,330 other potential grazing units. In practice the numbers actually grazed are much smaller. Scottish Blackface sheep are the commonest breed of sheep though Dartmoors are still kept, particularly on the moorland borders. The main breed of cattle is Galloway, sometimes crossed with Hereford.