We are building up a local network of organisations and individuals with skills and services to help those members who would like help managing their grasslands and boundaries, from graziers who can loan livestock for conservation grazing, to contractors who can lay hedges, build dry stone walls and install stock fencing. In addition are people who can offer botanical surveys and management plans if you so desire.

Arrangements need to be made directly with the contractor. You will appreciate that Moor Meadows cannot take responsibility for any work carried out.

Cutting and Baling

Buckfastleigh, Ashburton, South Brent and Princetown areas – mini or large bales

Cut, turn and baling services. Landowner can keep the bales or we can take the bales.

Contact Lee Bright on 07432 680340

Chagford area – small or large bales

Cut, turn and baling services


01647 433382 or 07788 745708

Ecological Surveys

Devon Wildlife Consultants

Provides a wide range of ecological services. A professional ecologist will visit your site and provide you with a botanical survey and a management plan. The cost is flexible depending on the level of advice required, but expect £30 per hour or £225 per day for non-development work. DWC gift aids its profits to support the Wildlife Trust’s charitable work. It works with a wide range of clients including community groups and private individuals.

For further information contact Li-Li Williams on 01392 455930 or

Hannah Gibbons, Ecologist, botanical & habitat surveys, plant ID

Hannah Gibbons is an ecologist and has been working in the conservation sector for 16 years and for the majority of that time has been working for charities (such as DWT and RSPB) carrying out botanical and habitat surveys.  Since 2011 she has been running training courses on plant identification and has run several workshops for Moor Meadows.  Hannah has been involved in grassland restoration / creation works through green hay / seed application since 2016 and has  carried out annual monitoring surveys of restored sites in North Devon for DWT. She has assisted with Mid Tier and Higher Tier applications in the past and when working for DBRC surveyed a huge number of County Wildlife Sites. In 2015 she was awarded Field Identification Skills Certificate (FISC) Level 6 (‘Excellent ID skills’).

You can contact Hannah on 07889 800922 or by email to


Mel Roach

Mel Roach has accreditation from the Botanical Society for vascular plant surveys (Field Identification Skills Certificate Level 4) and is open to undertaking grass and plant surveys.

Phone 0752 313 2969 for more details.

Sue Everett

Meadow restoration and creation consultant, Sue Everett, is an ecologist specialising in wildlife habitat restoration, especially restoring and creating wildflower grasslands at the large and small scales, conservation site management and farm environment planning.

Contact Sue at or phone 07779 204015.


Autumn/winter sheep grazing – Manaton and beyond

We are currently looking for autumn/winter sheep grazing 2018/19 and any future grazing opportunities that may arise. Based in Manaton but can travel across the moor.

Call Kieron on 01647 221476.

Grazing with Shetland and Jacob sheep

As well as keeping bees which Peter is happy to put on members land to assist with pollination of your wildflower meadows, he also has a small flock of very tame Shetland and Jacob sheep which he keeps for wool. These could be loaned out to Moor Meadows members at no cost.

Peter Hunt can be contacted on 01647440322 or email

Winter grazing with Dexter cattle – Aish area

We have a small herd of Dexter cattle available for winter grazing anywhere within a 10 mile radius of Aish (Coordinates E 269476N 060701 Grid ref SX 694 607). Nearest postcode TQ10 9JQ. We can provide fencing and water solutions. It’s all free in the name of conservation. More information at or send us a message at Or email Desley White at

Hedge Trimming Services

Chagford area

Contact Mike Northway. Email or call 01647 433382 or 07788 745708

Hedge Laying

ProperEdges are based in Totnes. We supply a range of traditional rural services from hedge laying to dry stone walling and stone hedging/facing. We also make quality cleft chestnut gates and fences, biochar from hedge brash, and we offer tuition and training.

Contact Jeremy Weiss on 07962 432317 or

Hedge laying, planting, small tree work, coppicing and habitat management

Stuart can help you with hedge laying, planting, small tree work, coppicing and habitat management. Contact him on 07968 451730 or by email at

Traditional Rural Skills

Chris Bond

Dry stone walling, fencing, pond making, flail mowing.

Call Chris Bond on 07748 037780

Dry stone waller, hedge layer and wildlife pond creator

Kieran Fitzgerald at Bushwhackers in Manaton has a swing shovel for larger jobs and is an excellent dry stone waller, hedge layer and has created a wildlife pond for one member. He does quite a lot of work for Devon Wildlife and the Park and is well used to complying with grant assisted projects where necessary.

Kieran can be contacted on 01647 221476 or by email

Hedge laying and training


Steven McCulloch has been a professional hedge layer since 2005 and competing in hedge laying matches since 2011. Starting in the intermediate classes he quickly progressed to the Open (the highest class).  He is 2 times National Champion (Devon class), Cotley Hunt Champion,  Devon Rural Skills Champion, and also 2 times Wrington & Burrington Open Champion (North Somerset style) and now competing in the Champions Class.

He has expertise in 3 different hedge laying styles and will advise on the most suitable style for the type of hedge and your needs. All of his work will satisfy the requirements of the hedge laying schemes from Natural England. Steven can also offer a consultation service for hedge laying grants, identifying suitability of hedges and the best hedge laying grant elements that can be applied for. He is also a qualified trainer.

Steven can be contacted on 07800710599 or visit his website

Meadow creator & scything

My name is Ross and I run my gardening business Abundant Gardens from Totnes. My aim is to help bring gardens to life. As part of that I can help people to establish and maintain wildflower meadows. I maintain meadows by scything and I run courses if people are wanting to learn. I also offer hedgelaying.



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Proper Edges

Welcome to ProperEdges. We supply a range of traditional rural services from hedge laying to dry stone walling and stone hedging/facing. We also make quality cleft chestnut gates and fences, biochar from hedge brash, and we offer tuiton and training.

Contact Jeremy Weiss on 07962 432317 or

Ross Gray

Ross is a craft hedgelayer for Dartmoor and South and West Devon.

Call 01822 890332.


The Hillyfield Woodland farm – Tree Surgeon & woodland management advice

The Hillyfield woodland farm on Dartmoor
All things Wood! (& some lovely meadows too)
Home-grown Timber – mobile sawmill – Firewood –  Tree-work (qualified tree surgeon / pruning) – Woodland management advice and service – All manner of wooden creations – Volunteer opportunities – Woodland events.

We are an environmentally sensitive woodland management project on Dartmoor engaged in all aspects of wood-work from woodland management to making timber framed building (and everything in between).
In 2018 we were awarded the Dartmoor Society Award, and Silver at the Excellence in Forestry Awards held by the Royal Forestry Society.

If you want help with managing your woods, or want something made from beautiful and durable home-grown Dartmoor timber milled in the woods, and created in our woodland workshop then please get in touch.
Website  Facebook Page is @thehillyfieldwoodlandfarm

Contact Doug on tel: 07976589927

Tree surgeon – Tom Oxton

Tom’s work includes all aspects of tree surgery, woodland management, scrub clearance and strimming work. He also has access to a tractor with a topper and or flail.


Contact Tom on 07827 705062

Tree Surgeons & Woodland Managament

As well as carrying out Arboriculture we also specialise in Woodland management for conservation. We provide woodland management plans which focus on enhancing biodiversity and creating habitats (not for commercial timber sales/ forestry). We also offer Arboricultural Consultancy services for risk management and condition of trees. We carry out decay assessments using specialist equipment and can also advise or carry out soil remediation to trees which are under stress.

Contact Aran Kimberlee – BSc (Hons) Arboriculture, M Arbor A, PTI
Professional Tree Contracting and Consultancy

Telephone: 01364 72804
Mobile: 07594 680168


Woodland Design, Creation and Grant Applications/Orchard Establishment

Doug Lane has many years experience in wildlife habitat creation and sustainable land management.

For a site consultation call Doug on 07854 098 004 or email

Wildlife Habitat Creation

Farm Conservation Adviser

Sally Hope Johnson is a farm conservation adviser with over 20 years experience and lives and works out of South Brent. She is a member of the Moor meadow group.  Her core work is in environmental grant schemes with general farming and conservation advice.

The Mid Tier Countryside Stewardship scheme has just open for applications this year (2020) and she will be busy helping farmers and landowners apply for the scheme over the next few months. She is happy to advise any landowners (big or small) on environmental schemes or general habitat and species management.

Sally  can be contacted on 07980 732675

Wildflower Meadow Establishment/Wildlife Habitat Creation/Edible Landscaping

Doug Lane has many years experience in sustainable land management.

For a site consultation call Doug on 07854 098004 or email

Wildlife Surveys

Advice on Bees and Drones for aerial photography

Phil is always happy to give help and advice to people who have bee questions, whether honeybee or otherwise, whether it’s a swarm in the chimney or a tree, or a question of identification, or the location of hives, etc.

He also has a couple of decent drones (or quadcopters, as they are more properly known) with decent 4K cameras for aerial photography, and would be happy to take some meadow footage this year (2020).  He can’t legally charge for this, but can accept donations for Friends of the Bees.

Phil Chandler can be contacted on 07891 554 012 or by email

John Walters

John is a Dartmoor-based naturalist. You may have seen him on Springwatch or Hugh’s Wild West or many other nature programmes. John can carry out an ecological survey for you, looking for butterflies, moths, crickets, beetles and flies. He will follow up with a list of what he’s found so you have a snapshot record of the life in your meadow.

Charges: £150

To book John for a summer survey (May-June), email

Wide range of Wildlife Surveys

Kari offers a wide range of survey types, including bat, badger, dormouse and botanical surveys, for both planning and biodiversity enhancement. She has 10 years practical conservation management and tutoring experience, in addition to her ecology skills. She is also a public speaker and gives talks on bat/dormouse ecology and habitat management and bat/dormouse rescue and rehabilitation. Kari also runs courses on hedgelaying and tree planting days on request. Her website is

Kari’s bat and dormouse rescue is www.middevonbatrescue.

Kari Bettoney BSc (Hons) ACIEEM
Principal Ecologist | Wildlife Surveying (SW)
phone:  07762 051481

More Resources help and information

Orchid walk at Deer Park Farm

Courses and Workshops

Links to organisations providing useful courses and workshops

Videos: Talks and Workshops

Online videos of some of our talks and workshops

'Meadows' by George Peterken

Recommended Books

Catch up on your reading when the British weather means you can't be out in the meadow!


Links to a wide range of interesting, useful and informative websites and online resources

Seed Suppliers

Organisations and companies supplying seeds for meadow creation


Suppliers of useful tools and equipment

PDFs and Other Downloads

Links to online PDF files for download

Meadow people

Other Meadows Groups

Links to other meadows groups around the country


Online audio podcasts related to meadows